Indie Bookstore Day: Tea Party, John Waters... and a Giraffe?
On Saturday, May 2, more than 400 independent bookstores across the U.S. will participate in the inaugural Independent Bookstore Day (inspired by last year's California Bookstore Day), while Canadian booksellers hold their first Authors for Indies Day. In addition to hosting parties, author appearances and events, booksellers will distribute exclusive merchandise (a video from Harvard Bookshop, Cambridge, Mass., offers a sneak peek) created for the occasion. All week, we will be highlighting indie booksellers' creative plans for, and thoughts about, celebrating IBD 2015:
Books & Books, Miami, Fla.: "We'd argue that we never saw a reason to set aside a particular day to celebrate independent book culture because we embody it daily. But as more and more customers--both in the stores and online--go out of their way to mention how grateful they are for the opportunity to support a local bookstore, it's become clear that a celebration is in order. Please join us for the first annual Independent Bookstore Day."
Pegasus Books, Berkeley, Calif.: California Bookstore Day: The Trailer!
Common Good Books, St. Paul, Minn.: "We'll also have two pairs of free passes to Nice Ride, so you can visit the other great bookstores in the Twin Cities. Our friends at Moon Palace Books have produced this handy map to help you find them all. Pick up a copy to guide you on your travels."
Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, Vt.: "A Tea Party to celebrate OUR independence! The 1st nationwide celebration of Independent Bookstores! Serving teas from Vermont Liberty Tea in vintage tea cups; homemade scones and cakes; and books featuring tea!"
Green Apple Bookstore, San Francisco, Calif.: "We are also pleased that John Waters gave Green Apple permission to make 150 of these broadsides to give away on Bookstore Day. All you have to do to get one is post a photo at either store on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with a #BookstoreDay hashtag."
Dudley's Bookshop Café, Bend, Ore.: "HUGE thanks to Kristen from Chalked for doing such a fantastic job on one of our upstairs chalkboard-painted doors. Come see us May 2nd on National Independent Bookstore Day when she'll be working downstairs and we'll have her literary themed chalk quotes for sale as part of the day's celebration."
McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, Mich.: "In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, each customer who purchases an Independent Bookstore Day item will be entered in a drawing to win one of our favorite store items--the giant giraffe! We know at least a dozen kids (and a few staff members) who would love to give Giraffe a home."
Box of Delights Bookshop, Wolfville, Nova Scotia: "Inspiration, conversation and community--all things I've found through the door of my local independent bookshop," said bestselling author Ami McKay. "That's why I'm supporting Authors for Indies. I hope you will too. Who knows what treasures await you?"