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The #SaveIndieBookstores campaign isn’t quite over.

New York Times bestselling authors and journalists Michael Connelly, left, and CNN’s Jake Tapper, below left, will be in conversation beginning at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT on Thursday, May 28, via Crowdcast at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/MichaelConnellyandJakeTapper/register.

The conversation will cover both authors’ new books, the craft of writing, how journalism informs fiction, their move from journalism to fiction writing, and the importance of supporting independent bookstores now and always.

Should be an exciting conversation.

Connelly's newest novel is Fair Warning; Tapper's novel is The Hellfire Club.

The special, one-time event will benefit Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) and #SaveIndieBookstores.

The event is free and open to the public via Crowdcast.

During the event, viewers will be encouraged to donate to Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc.) to a general fund that will go toward helping booksellers, their businesses and their families as they navigate this difficult time.

#SaveIndieBookstores campaign was a partnership of James Patterson, who donated $500,000, the American Booksellers Association and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc).

To date, the campaign, which began April 2, 2020, and was to end April 30 but was extended to May 5, raised $1,239,595 to support independent bookstores, Bookselling This Week reported.

For previous essays on this campaign, visit the Mystery Scene blog and on Connelly’s T-shirt fundraiser.

Photos: Michael Connelly photo by Mark DeLong; Jake Tapper photo courtesy CNN.