Independent Bookstore Day (4/29/17)
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.
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We will be selling a few exclusive items this year on Independent Bookstore Day. These will be available in VERY limited quantities, first come, first served:
A Literary Cocktail Party, $16.99
Welcome to the country’s best literary cocktail party. This fun and useful book contains funny anecdotes and witty stories along with cocktail recipes from some of our favorite writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass’s namesake cocktail, the Julia’s Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub.
"Lost & Found" Original Print by Jenny Lawson, $17.99
This original, black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is inspired by her forthcoming activity book You Are Here (Mar. 17). The pro-books, pro-reading design is printed on archival, gallery quality paper and can be framed and hung as is or used as a large-format coloring poster. It is not included in the book and will become a must-have for her legions of fans.
An Author's Best Friend Canine Canvas Pouch, $14
This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features portraits of real author dogs like Sparky Patchett and Jennie Sendak. All hand drawn especially for IBD. Cute!
Literary Tea Towels, $22
This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes: “ONE CANNOT THINK WELL, LOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL, IF ONE HAS NOT DINED WELL.” – VIRGINIA WOOLF, A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN “I HATE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT MEALS. IT IS SO SHALLOW OF THEM.” – OSCAR WILDE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST The bold, graphic design is by Evan Robertson of Obvious State.
Elephant & Piggie "Read" Onesie, $22
This soft cotton onesie featuring Mo Willems’ wonderful Elephant and Piggie and an encouragement to READ makes the perfect baby gift for bibliophiles. Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too), he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his “Elephant and Piggie” books.
Got Character? Card Game, free
The Got Character? card game uses classic and contemporary characters from Macmillan’s bestselling and award-winning titles like Bad Kitty and Tikki Tikki Tembo to update Go Fish. Large cards are made for little hands.
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell, free
A short story about a girl camping out to see the new Star Wars movie who unexpectedly meets an unlikely someone who might truly understand the way she feels. Charming and romantic. Rainbow Rowell is the award-winning author of the adult novels Attachments and Landline and the YA novels Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Carry On.