It’s time to celebrate your favorite local indies! 2017 Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide, with literary parties around the country. While IBD is being celebrated on April 29th in most locales, in New Orleans, it is being celebrated on May 13th so as not to conflict with Jazz Fest. Local book lovers should mark their calendars now for this special day of literary celebrations.
Tubby & Coo’s will offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors, including a color-your-own poster inspired and SIGNED by Jenny Lawson, literary condoms, a Welcome to Night Vale vinyl record, and more! Since its inception in 2014, more than 120 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.
We’ll also be teaming up with the other local indies: Octavia Books, Maple Street Book Shops, & Garden District Book Shop for an epic scavenger hunt! Visit all four bookstores and be entered to win $100 in gift cards to all the stores!
EVENTS & FUN
Try Our Escape Room!
In teams of maximum 4 people, try your best to escape our Escape Room! We’ll be running the room throughout the day and keeping track of times, and at the end of the day, the team with the fastest time for that escape room will win a prize! We will have escape rooms available for both adults and kids, so bring the whole family!
Join our scavenger hunt in partnership with Octavia Books, Garden District Book Shop, and Maple Street Book Shop! Visit all four stores and complete the scavenger hunt, and you could win $100 in gift certificates to all four bookstores!
“Behind the Books” Sessions (11A-12P & 4P-5P)
Ever wonder what a bookstore looks like behind the scenes? Join us as we discuss how we curate our selections of books and board games, how we go about ordering books, and our secrets to recommending books. We also want YOUR feedback on what we’re doing right (and not so right), what you’d like to see more of at the store, and how we can be the best bookstore there is!
Celebrate Indie Authors Too!
Throughout the day, we’ll be celebrating local self published and independently published authors. Stay tuned for who will be joining us!
All Day Open Mic
All day, we will have an open mic area for anyone who wants to read their favorite poems and stories. Feel free to read from original work as well.
We’ll have a coloring area set up in our kids room all day. Bring the kiddos and color and draw!
Customer Book Reviews & What Are You Reading Wall
At any time, ask an employee for a sticky note, write a brief book review, and stick it to any book! We’ll also have a “What Are You Reading” wall set up for you to write your favorite books and show the world what you’re reading!
Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways!
Spend at least $25, and get cool stuff! We’re giving away tote bags, mini NOLA journals, free books, buttons, board game promos, an exclusive hardcover short story by Rainbow Rowell, and more!
Blind Date with a Book for Charity
Take a blind date with a book, and all proceeds will be donated to local non-profit organizations.
Hardcover Book Fire Sale
We’ll be offering a 20% discount on all hardcover books all day.
ON MAY 13TH ONLY, click here to get your free audiobook from Libro.fm, our audiobooks partner. The audiobook is The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shatuck, provided by HarperCollins. The audiobook is regularly $27.99, but on May 13th, you can get it for FREE!
On May 13th ONLY, click here and enter the promo code IBD13 (all uppercase) when checking out.
To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 13, we have partnered with three other local book shops – Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books, and Maple Street Book Shop – to bring you an epic scavenger hunt! The idea is to get you to visit all four book shops on May 13 looking for clues to put together a secret phrase. Figure out the phrase and say it, and you’ll be entered to win $100 in gift certificates from all four book shops.
HOW IT WORKS
- At the first of the four book shops you visit on Independent Bookstore Day, May 13, 2017, tell an employee that you’d like to participate in the scavenger hunt.
- The employee will hand you a sheet with the clues.
- You will need to solve each individual clue to obtain a part of the secret phrase.
- You will need to visit ALL FOUR participating book shops to complete the hunt. When you visit each book shop, get an employee to initial your sheet to prove that you visited.
- Put together the secret phrase.
- Once you’ve discovered the secret phrase, tell an employee at the fourth book shop you visit. That employee will confirm if the phrase is correct. If you are correct, fill out your name, phone number, and e-mail address on the sheet and turn into any employee of the fourth book shop.
- After May 13, all completed scavenger hunt forms will be entered into a drawing to win $100 of gift certificates to all four book shops, and we will contact the winner.
Make sure you take photos and tag us on social media (@tubbyandcoos)! Use the hashtag #IBD15 when you post about Independent Bookstore Day. #tagon
Questions? E-mail us at email@example.com or hit us up on social media: Facebook (www.facebook.com/tubbyandcoos); Twitter (@tubbyandcoos); and Instagram (@tubbyandcoos).
The folks behind Independent Bookstore Day have curated an awesome list of exclusive custom merchandise that will ONLY be available on Independent Bookstore Day, May 13, 2017 and only at indie bookstores (like us!). We are not allowed to take pre-orders and quantities are extremely limited, so if you’re interested in an item, you’ll just have to do like you do for new Apple products and camp out in front of the shop the night before. Keep in mind that you may be able to find different exclusive items at different local indies, so be sure to visit Garden District Book Shop, Maple Street Book Shop, and Octavia Books as well! If you spend at least $25 on Independent Bookstore Day at any participating book shop, you’ll score a Blackbird Letterpress New Orleans Journal (pictured below). The complete catalog of exclusive custom merchandise available at Tubby & Coo’s on May 13 only is listed below. Happy shopping!
Click here ON MAY 13TH ONLY to get your free audiobook from Libro.fm, our audiobooks partner. The audiobook is The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shatuck, provided by HarperCollins. The audiobook is regularly $27.99, but on May 13th, you can get it for FREE!
On May 13th ONLY, click here and enter the promo code IBD13 (all uppercase) when checking out.
BLACKBIRD LETTERPRESS NEW ORLEANS JOURNAL
EXCLUSIVE INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY CUSTOM MERCHANDISE
A vinyl edition of the bestselling Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, based on the tremendously popular podcast of the same name. This edition features highlights from the audiobook and exclusive commentary from Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, and Cecil Baldwin. Beautifully packaged with “flypaper” sleeve, the purple vinyl also includes a full-length digital download of the Welcome to Night Vale audiobook performed by Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Thérèse Plummer, and Dan Bittner.
Publisher: Harper Collins ISBN: 9780062681485 Retail Price: $24.95 Authors: Joseph Frink & Jeffrey Cranor Specs: 12” x 12” purple vinyl record in sleeve, with free MP3 download
ONLY FIVE (5) AVAILABLE. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
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.
Publisher: CBD Publishing ISBN: 9780998449913 Retail Price: $16.99 Specs: Paper over board, 5.5” x 8.5”
ONLY THREE (3) AVAILABLE.
This original, black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is inspired by her new activity book You Are Here. 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 You Are Here. Lawson’s two memoirs, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, were #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her newest book, You Are Here, is part therapy, part humor, part coloring book.
Publisher: Flatiron Books ISBN: 9781250155047 Retail Price: $17.99 Author: Jenny Lawson Specs: 16” x 20”
THESE POSTERS ARE SIGNED BY JENNY LAWSON. ONLY TWO (2) AVAILABLE. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
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.
Publisher: Out of Print Clothing UPC: 008523509512 Retail Price: $14.00 Illustrator: Caryn Cast Specs: 100% cotton canvas, zipper enclosure, 9” x 6”, Made in the USA
ONLY THREE (3) AVAILABLE.
Publisher: Booksmith Retail Price: $3.99 Illustrator: Madeline Gobbo ISBN: 9780986396953 Specs: Condoms are lubricated, FDA-certified latex.
ONLY 24 AVAILABLE.
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.
Publisher: Out of Print Clothing UPC: 008523509505 Retail Price: $22 Author: Mo Willems Specs: 100% cotton, size 12 months
ONLY THREE (3) AVAILABLE.
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.
Publisher: St. Martin’s ISBN: 9781250147264 Author: Rainbow Rowell Specs: 4.75” x 6.875”, HC Retail Price: FREE
WILL BE GIVEN AWAY AS A FREE PROMO WITH ANY PURCHASE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.
You know Stonemaier Games, right? They make some of the most popular games at our game night, including Euphoria and Between Two Cities, and they broke Kickstarter records with their newest release, Scythe (coming soon!). Perhaps their most popular game is called Viticulture, which is a Euro strategy game where you compete to see who can create the greatest winery in Italy. There is also a new expansion to Viticulture called Tuscany Essential Edition, which adds so much to the game that once you play with it, you’ll never want to play without it. The extended board alone is worth the price in our opinion.
Tuscany Essential Edition is an expansion to Viticulture that includes the extended board, special workers, and structure cards. The price is only $30, and if you pre-order from us, you’ll receive your game TWO WEEKS earlier than the official release date of November 1.
As part of the promotion for this new release, if you purchase a copy of Tuscany Essential Edition at full price, get a discount on additional Stonemaier games over $30! You’ll get $5 off any game between $30 and $60 and $10 off any game over $60. Don’t own Viticulture yet? Order it! Been eyeing that awesome Treasure Chest? Order it! Played Between Two Cities, but haven’t been able to purchase it yet? ORDER IT! There are limited quantities of all products, so make sure to get your orders in early before they sell out. We will be accepting pre-orders through July 21.
To order any of these games, we are asking for payment upfront. You can order and pay online below, or you can visit the store any time during the ordering period (now through July 21) to place your order and pay.
We’ll have goodie bags for the first 20 guests, plus awesome giveaways, including a Harry Potter coloring gift set and a copy of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child! Activities will include a Harry Potter mystery game (similar to a murder mystery dinner style game, but with a HP theme!), Wizard Quick Draw Challenge, Harry Potter trivia tournament, and more! Take photos in our HP themed photo booth! Color HP themed coloring pages! Geek out on HP with us! We will also provide BUTTERBEER CUPCAKES while supplies last.
IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HARRY POTTER MYSTERY GAME, YOU MUST PRE-PURCHASE TICKETS.
Click the photos below to view the schedule of events and buy tickets!
BUY TICKETS VIEW SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
2:00 – 2:30 PM
Sort yourselves into teams/houses for the day and Draw Your Patronus!
2:30 – 3:15 PM
Harry Potter Mystery Game
3:00 – 3:30 PM
Coloring/Wizard Quick Draw Challenge
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Harry Potter Trivia Tournament
4:30 – 5:00 PM
Who Have I Transformed Into?
THROUGHOUT THE DAY
BUTTERBEER CUPCAKES! (while supplies last)
Coloring with Harry Potter coloring sheets
Activity sheets such as: Harry Potter word search, King’s Crossword Puzzle, Marauder’s Maze for Magical Mischief-Makers, and more!
Write what Harry Potter means to you on our Muggle Wall!
Take photos with our Harry Potter themed photo booth
You may pre-order a copy of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child for free entry to the birthday party!
The book is $29.99 plus tax and is a hardcover. Do so by placing a special order here. You should use ISBN: 9781338099133 to order.
If you do not wish to purchase the book, but you still want to celebrate with us, you may purchase a ticket to the party alone ahead of time for $15 or at the door for $20. To purchase a party ticket (but NOT a copy of the book), click the “Buy Now” button below and follow the PayPal instructions. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can purchase a ticket with a credit/debit card by selecting the “Pay with a credit/debit card” option.
YOU MUST PRE-PURCHASE A TICKET OR A BOOK IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HARRY POTTER MYSTERY GAME. We are going to pre-assign roles for the game, so it’s imperative we know beforehand who is participating.
We’re looking to clear out inventory, and you get to benefit! We’ll also be accepting science fiction, fantasy, horror, and geek themed used books for store credit.
From June 1 – June 30, we’ll be offering the following:
Store Credit for Used Books!
We’ll be accepting used books in the following categories for store credit:
- Science Fiction
- Geek Themed
Store credit will be given case by case based on the condition and value of the books.
- 25% off all hardcover books
- 15% off all paperback books, including graphic novels
- 20% off all sideline merchandise (Coffee mugs, finger puppets, t-shirts, action figures, POP figures, stuffed animals, and more! Does not include board games.)
- 35% off board games over $50
- Spend at least $50 and get a free book from our stash, while supplies last
- Used books not included in sale, as they are already discounted.
- Discounts cannot be combined with other discounts (example, if you’re a teacher or student and already receive 10% off, that discount is not on top of the other discounts offered).
- Blind date with a book for charity books not included in sale (because that’s for charity!).
- Children’s books are not part of the sale.
Stop by and shop at Amazon-style discounts for summer vacation!