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 author signings and live readings, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. See below for a sampling of what we will have:
We'll start the day with a marathon reading of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Take a turn reading a section, or just come to listen. It will go on for most of the day, we expect.
Passports! Collect them all from your favorite stores throughtout April. Passport holders who visit ten or more stores are eligible for the grand prize: a library of 47 favorites selected by your local booksellers.
2 p.m. local author Joel Drucker will be on hand to sign copies of Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine.
Raffle! If you are a gardener, you'll want to put your name and contact info into the big pot on the counter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Annie's Annuals (www.anniesannuals.com).
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.
So come join the party!