Indies First: What are authors giving and hoping to get this season?

As part of the Indies First celebration on Small Business Saturday 2015, we asked a dozen authors—some local, some further-flung—for their own holiday book-gift suggestions: one book they are giving this year, and one they'd love to receive. You can find their choices (and their own books) on display at Phinney Books:

Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

Give: Rhythm Ride by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Receive: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (her last copy got ruined in the wash—really)

William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days

Give: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Receive: The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard

Sanae Ishida, author of Little Kunoichi, the Ninja Girl

Give: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Receive: Mr. Brown's Fantastic Hat by Ayano Imai

T. Geronimo Johnson, author of Welcome to Braggsville

Give: Erasure by Percival Everett

Receive: Honey from the Lion by Matthew Niell Null

Stephanie Kallos, author of Language Arts

Give: Syllabus by Lynda Barry

Receive: The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernières

Sonya Lea, author of Wondering Who You Are

Give: Thunder and Lightning by Lauren Redniss

Receive: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Peter Mountford, author of The Dismal Science

Give: How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes

Receive: The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

David Neiwert, author of Of Orcas and Men

Give: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina

Receive: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Mary Norris, author of Between You and Me

Give: Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Receive: Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Ann Pancake, author of Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley

Give: Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel by Robert Gipe

Receive: Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry

Merritt Tierce, author of Love Me Back

Give: Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

Receive: Erratic Facts by Kay Ryan