Exclusive Sale Items for Independent Bookstore Day 2015

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 9, 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. We will not have more than 5 of any individual item. 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 and Octavia Books as well! If you purchase at least one of these items on Independent Bookstore Day and/or spend at least $25, 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 9 only is listed below. Happy shopping!


NOLA Letterpress Notebook



Huck Finn Map

A lush, hand-drawn road map depicting Huck Finn’s river journey. The map, which will appear in Plotted: A Literary Atlas, has been extended and expanded upon for IBD. ONLY 5 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $7.95          Dimensions: 8.5” x 24” (unfolded); 8.5” x 4” (packaged fold)

Finders Keepers


This color broadside from Stephen King’s forthcoming novel, Finders Keepers, is a love letter to passionate readers, written in King’s own hand. Suitable for framing. Limited print run of 1500. ONLY 5 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $12.00           Dimensions: 9” x 12”

Funny HAHA

A full-color page-turner for the 6-11 crowd. Like last year’s I Smell Carrots: A Joke Book for Kids, this year’s version is made up of original art from some our best-loved and most recognizable children’s illustrators. The jokes are a mix of old groaners, originals, and a few shaggy dogs. Designed by Christy Hale. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $15.00          Dimensions: 6” x 9”, 4-color, perfect-bound paperback

Days Like This

A collection of personal essays (and a few short stories) by many of our favorite writers who were given the prompt, “My ________ From Hell” and set loose. The results—which cover everything from online dating to the death of a childhood classmate—are often laugh-out-loud, frequently heart-renching, and sometimes downright jaw-dropping. With cover art by Rich Black. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.

Authors: Anne Lamott, James Patterson, Yiyun Li, Mary Roach, Chris Collins, Brian Doyle, Novella Carpenter, Bonnie Tsui, Caroline Paul, Kathryn Ma, Chloe Caldwell, Lavinia Spalding, Janice Cooke-Newman, Megan Daum, Peter Hoffmeister, Rachel Levin, Scott McClanahan, Wendy Spero, Joyce Maynard, Michelle Richmond, Jonathan Evison, and more!

Retail Price: $16.00          Dimensions: 5” x 7” perfect-bound paperback

Sweet Towels

These 100% cotton flour sack tea towels are part art, part kitchen necessity, and all conversation piece. Designed by Kristine Brogno, the “sweet” towels read: Reading is escape and the opposite of escape. –Nora Ephron and What kind of life can you have in a house without books? –Sherman Alexie. Two-towel sets are packaged in a 4-color box the size of a trade paperback and picturing each towel on the outside. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $20.00          Dimensions: 2 towels – 18” x 24” (towels), 9.5” x 5.25” x 1.25” (box)

Salty Towels

These 100% cotton flour sack tea towels are part art, part kitchen necessity, and all conversation piece. Designed by Kristine Brogno the “salty” towels read: It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read. –Lemony Snicket and People that like to read are always a little fucked up. –Pat Conroy. Two-towel sets are packaged in a 4-color box the size of a trade paperback and picturing each towel on the outside. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $20.00          Dimensions: 2 towels – 18” x 24” (towels), 9.5” x 5.25” x 1.25” (box)


Allie Brosh Print

Bring a little Allie Brosh home with this signed four-color print from her remarkable debut, Hyperbole and a Half. A perfect collectible for Allie Brosh’s legions of fans, this high quality print is suitable for framing. Limited print run of 1500. ONLY 4 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $15.00           Dimensions: 14” x 9” horizontal

Dave Pilkey Print

Author/illustrator Dav Pilkey has created an original image of his world-wide bestselling character, Captain Underpants, especially for IBD. Printed on linen stock and signed by the author. Limited print run of 2000. ONLY 5 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $10.00          Dimensions: 11” x 14”

Roxane Gay Chapbook

A mini-collection of essays on books, reading, and the world of contemporary literature by Roxane Gay available as a limited edition, signed chapbook. ONLY 5 AVAILABLE.

Retail Price: $10.00          Dimensions: 4”x 6”, 36 pages