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The COVID pandemic shuttered local bookstores throughout the country. According to the New York Times, more than one independent bookstore has permanently closed each week since the pandemic began. Those stores aren’t coming back.

In New England there are well over 100 independent bookstores. COVID has put some of them out of business. Fortunately, most local bookstores in New England re-opened toward the end of the summer. But health and safety protocols severely limit the number of customers allowed in the stores. Meantime, Amazon’s business has boomed.

The inability to do in-store book signings has hurt stores. And it’s been a big disappointment for authors. Instead, we’ve all been doing virtual book signings. I did more than a dozen of those after the publication of The Dynasty back in September.

But today I’m announcing an in-person book tour through New England. Starting tomorrow at Bookery Manchester in Manchester, New Hampshire, I will be trekking through the New England states to sign books at stores from Westerly, Rhode Island to Newburyport, Massachusetts. Here are the tour dates:

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To remain in compliance with COVID protocols, I will be doing all of these signings OUTSIDE. That’s right, I will be set up on the sidewalk or under a tent or under an awning. I will be masked. And all people who attend these signings will be required to wear a mask as well.

There’s a good chance that there could be snow on the ground in Manchester Center, Vermont, when I visit Northshire Bookstore on December 5th. And it is sure to be cold when I visit Bank Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut, on December 6th.

But my book is about the New England Patriots, a team that plays its best football in wintry weather. New Englanders take pride in the fact that the snowy, cold weather is part of the territory. So I am looking forward to bundling up and bringing along a thermos of hot chocolate and a thermos of chicken noodle soup.

If you live in New England and you love the Patriots, I hope you’ll join me and support your local bookstore. Let’s give them the business.

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Jeff Benedict is the bestselling author of sixteen non-fiction books, as well as a television and film producer. His latest book, The Dynasty, is the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots under Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. An instant New York Times bestseller, The Dynasty is the basis of a 10-part documentary series that is being produced by Imagine Documentaries in association with NFL Films for Apple TV+. Jeff is a writer and executive producer for the series. In 2018, Jeff co-wrote the #1 bestseller Tiger Woods and he was an executive producer on the HBO documentary “Tiger” that was based on the book and aired in 2021. The book is currently being developed into a scripted series, which Jeff is executive producing. Jeff is also the executive producer on a documentary based on his book Poisoned for Campfire Studios that will air on Netflix. In 2017, Jeff co-produced “Little Pink House,” a feature film starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn that was based on his book of the same title. And in 2016, Jeff co-wrote with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young his critically acclaimed, bestselling autobiography QB: My Life Behind the Spiral. Jeff was also a writer on the NFL Films documentary "A Football Life: Steve Young,” which was based on the book.

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