What is Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country usually on the last Saturday in April. This year, due to COVID-19, the celebration was delayed until August 29. Our celebration this year will be entirely virtual, so anyone can participate from anywhere!

Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Check out our Indie Bookstore Day exclusive items below.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, we’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. We are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. We 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. We are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of us this year than there were last year. And we are at your service.

Check out the schedule of events, our giveaways, and our exclusive items below!

Indie Bookstore Day Exclusive Items

*Click image to add to your cart. You can purchase as many items as you wish. If purchasing multiple items, you can exit your cart after adding each item. If you don’t, multiple tabs will be pulled up, so just make sure the cart you checkout with is your final order. We will do our best to update this page as items sell out, but you will be notified at checkout if an item has sold out. Keep in mind that we are still under construction, so items cannot be picked up today. We will notify you when your order is ready for pickup. If you would like your order shipped, please add a note to your order with your shipping address, and note that there will be an additional charge for shipping once we get your order together.

Open a Book, Open Your Mind Socks from Out of Print. $14

SOLD OUT

Bookstore Day soy candle, sandalwood, oak, and leaves scent. Poured by hand at Frostbeard’s Minneapolis shop. Soy wax is renewable, biodegradable, and vegan! Containers are recyclable and reusable. 4 oz tin. $11

ONLY 5 LEFT

Poets included: Joy Harjo, Jericho Brown, Yusef Komunyakaa, Louise Gluck, Richard Blanco, Arthur Sze, Ada Limón, Eve. L Ewing, Camonghne Felix, José Olivarez, Morgan Parker, Ariana Reines, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jake Skeets, and many more. $6

SOLD OUT

A SIGNED short story never before in print! A near-future science fiction story from Amor Towles. Hardcover special edition. $11

SOLD OUT

Space Bandits #1-5 in a collected special edition with exclusive cover and vinyl sticker. Paperback. $16.99

ONLY 3 AVAILABLE

An exclusive Black Panther Shuri 11 x 17 poster from the original, upper-middle-grade series (debuting May, 2020) by Nic Stone. SIGNED by the author. $5.99

ONLY 3 AVAILABLE

A special kid-sized NOT QUITE NARWHAL tote bag featuring exclusive original artwork from author/illustrator, Jessie Sima. 10 x 11 tote. $12

ONLY 5 AVAILABLE

This adaptation of the art from the runaway bestseller I WANT MY HAT BACK was created by Jon Klassen, especially for this project. 100% cotton. Size 12 months. $20

ONLY ONE LEFT

Two-sided superhero cape featuring Dog Man’s #DoGood art on a blue background and Captain Underpants’ “Reading Gives You Superpowers” in red. 26-1/4” x 25-3/4” with a Velcro closure. $10.99

ONLY 5 AVAILABLE

SIGNED exclusive edition featuring a letter from the author. Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson writes her own version of Ramona Quimby, one starring a Black girl and her family, in this start to a charming new middle grade series about spirit, kindness, and sunshine. Hardcover. $16.99

ONLY 3 AVAILABLE

In collaboration with Amnesty International, Jo Rippon presents a stunning range of more than a hundred protest posters, from the iconic to the obscure. The civil rights movement, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the global outcry against the Iraq war all make their cameos in this comprehensive collection. These postcards, collected from the book, are perfect for correspondence, collections, and wall art. A package of 10, 4” x 6” postcards featuring art from 5 iconic protest posters. Only 1,000 printed. $6.99 for package of 10 postcards.

ONLY 10 AVAILABLE

Indie Bookstore Day Giveaways

In order to receive the following incentives, you must order directly from us using our Order Form or the links for the exclusive items above (not from our Bookshop site) on Saturday, August 29, and you must not use a gift card or store credit for your order. Orders for pick up or shipping are eligible, but note that you must spend the indicated amount BEFORE tax and shipping to qualify.

  • Spend at least $25 (not including tax/shipping) on August 29 and receive a free mystery prize with your order.
  • Spend at least $25 on children’s books on August 29 and receive a free exclusive Diary of a Wimpy Kid tote bag (while supplies last). You will also receive the free mystery prize!
  • Spend at least $50 (not including tax/shipping) on August 29 and receive a free mystery prize AND a free ARC (selected by us) with your order.
  • Spend at least $100 (not including tax/shipping) on August 29 and receive a free mystery prize, a free ARC (selected by us) AND a free tote bag with your order.

Indie Bookstore Day Virtual Event Schedule

Saturday, August 29

*All times listed are CT. Registration required for all events; click the “Join Here” links to register. Order the books corresponding with our events here.

Time

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

Event

Drawing Class with Lisa Brown, illustrator of Goldfish Ghost. JOIN HERE.

Graphic novel discussion and drawing class with Gene Luen Yang, author of Dragon Hoops. JOIN HERE.

1:00 PM

Middle grade fun with author Renee Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine – EXCLUSIVE EDITION AVAILABLE! Order from “Exclusive Items” section above) and illustrator Nina Mata. Moderated by Isaac Fitzgerald (How to Be a Pirate). JOIN HERE.

2:00 PM

Worldbuilding in YA feminist fantasy fiction with bestselling YA fantasy authors Kat Cho (Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits), Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls), and Rebecca Kim Wells (Shatter the Sky). Moderated by Abby Rauscher from Books Are Magic! JOIN HERE.

3:00 PM

Explore the very near future with Amor Towles as he reads from the SIGNED Indie Bookstore Day exclusive edition of his story You Have Arrived at Your Destination – EXCLUSIVE EDITION AVAILABLE! Order from “Exclusive Items” section above.  JOIN HERE.

7:00 PM

Three of Indie Bookstore Day’s past ambassadors discuss books, bookstores, and the writing life. Tayari Jones (An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow), Lauren Groff (Fates & Furies and Florida), and Emma Straub (All Adults Here, and Modern Lovers, and owner of Brooklyn-based bookstore Books Are Magic!). JOIN HERE.