Indie Bookstore Day: Sheep Painting, Mad Tea Party
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 are highlighting indie booksellers' creative plans for, and thoughts about, celebrating IBD 2015:
Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, Mass.: "We are proud to be part of a vibrant group of independent bookstores here on Cape Cod and throughout the country," said Vicky Titcomb. "We are looking forward to a very fun day. It's also a great opportunity to take time to thank the people who have been coming to our bookshop over the years." (via CapeNews.net)
Unabridged Bookstore, Chicago, Ill.: "We're so excited to be joining up with 11 other Chicago indie bookstores for Independent Bookstore Day.... This is an especially special year for us as 2015 marks the stores 35th birthday!" Among Unabridged's events: "We'll be raffling off seven bundles of books, including a collection of the staff's favorite books, a children's bundle, a young adult bundle, a small press bundle and a full collection of Olive Editions!"
Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, N.C.: "Jeremy Hawkins, debut author of The Last Days of Video, leads a prompt-writing workshop and craft talk for writers of all experience levels. Bring your notebook and we'll take it from there."
Broadway Books, Portland, Ore.: "On this day only, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., we will offer you a special sale to show our deep appreciation for your decades of support: 25% off all hardcover fiction in stock. Holy novel, Batman!"
Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, Pa.: A suggestion box ("While we celebrate OUR status as an Independent Bookstore, we want to know what we can do to be YOUR bookstore.") and a plot twist: "We're having a hard time keeping it a mystery, but want to let you know... We'll have a big announcement to make on May 2 as well."
Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, Minn.: "Starting at 11 a.m., learn how to paint a sheep with author and shepherdess Joan Jarvis Ellison. Next, have your face painted to look like a sheep by Peace Paint with Ellie, Andrea, and Molly. Finally, have your picture taken as a sheep with a sheep! It's a sheep painting party, complete with two real, live lambs!"
Authors for Indies Day: Book City's Danforth Ave. store in Toronto is hosting Guy Gavriel Kay, who said: "The relationship between authors and independent bookstores is one that I love. We sustain each other, of course, but we often reward each other, too.... 'I have always depended on the kindness of booksellers,' as Tennessee Williams didn't quite say. But what, really, can be better for an author than knowing there are people out there grabbing innocent browsers and declaring, 'You must read this book!' "
Booksmith, San Francisco, Calif.: "To celebrate the second annual CALIFORNIA INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY, we're transforming the whole store into a Mad Tea Party. Incredible art by Sean Chiki, activities, an impossible number of guests... a symphony orchestra, elephant rides, 863,652 different tea cups, and LEWIS CARROLL HIMSELF. Oh, and hats. And Tea Leaf Reading for tips by Jamie Starzyk, of Queen of Cups Tarot & Tea."
Housing Works Bookstore Café: "New York City has always and will always be a great home for independent bookstores. Local bookstores ignite communities and connect readers to authors, and this day will be a celebration and a chance for the whole city to connect," said Molly Quinn, director of public programming. "Even in its first official year, Bookstore Day has already sparked an outpouring of involvement and enthusiasm. We're excited to be a part of the national effort, and thrilled to show off NYC's best gems on this day." (via the Queens Gazette)