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 7, 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, 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 7 only is listed below. Happy shopping!
BLACKBIRD LETTERPRESS NEW ORLEANS JOURNAL
EXCLUSIVE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY CUSTOM MERCHANDISE
The Neil Gaiman Coloring Book includes 20 pieces of black and white art by Chris Riddell and quotes from Neil Gaiman – taken from the pages of Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Fortunately, the Milk – all ready to be colored in by YOU! This limited edition coloring book features perforated pages of single-sided illustrations and colorable quotes, perfect for tearing out and framing or sticking on the fridge. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to own his coloring book and, as Gaiman says, “make good art.” ONLY 24 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $14.99 Dimensions: 44 pages
This companion record to the NYT bestselling Rad American Women A-Z was created just for IBD. Side A features “X is For…,” an original alphabet song by Carolyn Pennypacker-Riggs of Bouquet. Side B is a lively, inspiring and poetic reading of the X chapter from the book featuring the voices of Angela Davis, Rebecca Solnit, Charlene Yi, Alice Bag, and many more rad women. Includes a poster with lyrics and chords and free digital download instructions. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $10.99 Dimensions: 7″ (45 rpm) vinyl record in a shrink-wrapped cardboard record sleeve (Limited Printing: 1000)
Aimed at kids ages 6-12, this book includes step-by-step instructions on how to draw characters like Mo Willem’s Pigeon, Raina from Smile and Sisters, Curious George, Fly Guy, and many more. Also includes instructions for creating a flipbook and a multi-panel comic book. Practice sketch pages are included after each instruction. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $16.99 Dimensions: 88 pages
A $6 story: The Care & Feeding of an Independent Bookstore by Ann Patchett includes 3 instructive essays: “The Bookstore Strikes Back,” “Things No One Told Me About Owning a Bookstore,” and a booklist titled “52 All-Time Favorite Books from the Year I turned 52.” Each booklet is signed by Ann Patchett. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $6.00 Dimensions: 5” x 7,” 40 pages (Limited Printing: 1200)
This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, makeup, cash, and other sundries) features portraits of real bookstore cats hand drawn especially for IBD. Made in the U.S.A. ONLY 5 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $14 Dimensions: 9″ x 6″
A beautifully illustrated guide to making the perfect burger. Each gallery quality print is signed by Anthony Bourdain. For foodies and Bourdain fans alike. ONLY 3 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $20.00 Dimensions: 10″ x 24″ (Limited printing: 750)
This is only the second time in George’s 75 years that he has worn a branded t-shirt (the other was for Harvard, his hometown school). And what better message could there be? The front reads: READ WITH ME. The back features the IBD logo. A true collectible. ONLY 2 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $15.00 Dimensions: 12″ (Limited Printing: 1500)
A limited edition hardcover book of trivia from The Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series written by Brandon Sanderson. The Stormlight Archive is an ongoing epic fantasy, planned as a ten book series. Included is content drawn from the first two series’ books. Compiles interesting details, character profiles, deeper descriptions of the landscape, maps, illustrations, and unanswered questions to ponder until the next book. This is a fan collectible, as the content will not be gathered this way anywhere else. Cover is bound in faux leather with gold foil stamping.
Retail Price: FREE Dimensions: 4.75″ x 6.78″
And from 2015, 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 1 AVAILABLE.
Retail Price: $10.00 Dimensions: 4”x 6”, 36 pages