Independent Bookstore Day 2016 Schedule

It’s time to celebrate your favorite local indies! 2016 Bookstore Day marks its second year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide, with literary parties around the country. While IBD is being celebrated on April 30th in most locales, in New Orleans, it is being celebrated on May 7th 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 Neil Gaiman coloring book, a Brandon Sanderson pocket guide to THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVES, 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!


10:00 – 11:00 AM
Neil Gaiman happy hour!
Come and get FREE coffee, we’ll read Gaiman’s David Bowie origin story The Return of the Thin White Duke aloud, and we’ll discuss all things Gaiman!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Workshop: How to Live Your Dream and Open a Business
Our owner, Candice Huber, will give a brief workshop and some tips and answer all your questions about how you can make your dreams come true too.

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Kids’ Hour
Story time with Trombone Shorty and What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo and drawing/coloring of local places and animals.

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux Food Truck

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Reading the Classics Aloud: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
We’ve heard from you that you’d love to read the classics aloud, and what better way to start than with Harry Potter! If you’d like to read aloud, you can sign up beginning at 12:30 PM. We’ll read aloud for one hour.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Local authors read mean book reviews
This event was a huge hit last year, so we’re bringing it back! We’ll have local authors Farrah Rochon and Eva Vanrell to read their nastiest, most hilarious mean book reviews. Aloud. To all of you.

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Workshop: The Road to Publishing with Alys Arden
Local author Alys Arden’s The Casquette Girls has sold more copies than any other book in the store. She has had an unconventional road to publishing, as she has published her book for free online, self published, and is now traditionally published. Come and hear about how she did it and how you can do it, too!

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Literary Costume Contest!
As always, we encourage costumes. Come on out dressed as your favorite literary character and join our costume contest to win some great prize packages!

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Adult coloring and wine!
Come hang out with us as we wind down at the end of the day with our new Gaiman coloring book and a glass of wine.


Scavenger Hunt
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!

Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways!
Spend at least $25, and get cool stuff! We’re giving away tote bags, mini NOLA journals, free books, mints, buttons, bookmarks, board games, board game promos, and more!

Blind Date with a Book for Charity
Take a blind date with a book, and all proceeds will be donated to local literacy and arts programs.

Hardcover Book Fire Sale
We’ll be offering a 20% discount on all hardcover books all day.

Merchandise Fire Sale
We’ll be offering a 50% discount on all POP figures and t-shirts all day.