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Independent Bookstore Day

April 27

Here is what’s happening at bookstores across the country!


And here is what’s happening at NEIBA bookstores!

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Bank Square Books, Mystic CT – www.banksquarebooks.com
Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, will be participating in the Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport, plus highlighting authors from local independent publisher Homebound Publications for a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. We will also have a free coloring table, where kids can color a drawing of our bookstore by local artist Elizabeth Jancewicz, and we will be doing random giveaways throughout the day.


Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot CT – www.hickorystickbookshop.com
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be celebrating with refreshments, giveaways, and fun activities throughout the day. The bookshop will also be hosting various local authors as guest booksellers throughout the day!
If that’s not exciting enough for you, you can celebrate your local indies on Independent Bookstore Day by participating in the Connecticut Passport! Visit all 17 participating bookstores over the weekend to win a Passport Prize, a 20% coupon from each store (some exclusions apply), and be entered into a Grand Prize raffle. Five (5) people will be drawn at random to win a Grand Prize of a $50 gift card from EACH store!
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.


That Book Store, Wethersfield CTwww.thatbookstore.com
We are participating in the CT Passport program as well as have these events lined up for Saturday, April 27th:
10:30am: Kids Storytime with Hannah Fichandler & Vaughn Fender, author/illustrator of children’s book, You and Me/.
Face Painting by Fun-E-Faces Katie Sullivan
2:00pm L.M. Pampuro author signing
4:00pm Elsa Kurt author signing
6:00pm Local Medium Toni Federici, who will be doing private readings



Bogan Books, Fort Kent ME
Bogan Books Is thrilled to host Independent Bookstore Day! We will have book specials, giveaways, a Sesame Street themed photo booth, refreshments and we will have a special Sesame Street guest! A community poetry collective chapbook, exclusive to Bogan Books, will be launched on this day with poetry contributions from community members on reflections on the waterways of the area.


Devaney, Doak & Garrett, Booksellers, Farmington ME – www.ddgbooks.com
Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers in Downtown Farmington, Maine will be celebrating with Desirable Giveaways, A History of DDG Quiz, and A Compelling Raffle. “Though it is true that every day is Independent Bookstore Day it is even more true on April 27th,” says DDG Owner Kenny Brechner.

DDG will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.


Letterpress Books, Portland ME – www.letterpress-books.com
We are thrilled to have Chris Van Dusen signing his books for the families… he has been to Letterpress Books several times and certainly has fans in our neighborhood.
Giveaway bags of ARC’s, IBD exclusive items, and refreshments


Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops – www.shermans.com
All six Sherman’s locations are running an online giveaway starting 4/2 – 4/27 at 6 PM  – @shermansbooks on Instagram for entry guidelines
All Sherman’s locations will be holding a day of  in-store raffle with a gift card some of our favorite books, IBD items and more!
In addition to the giveaways and in-store celebrations, Sherman’s of Freeport is excited to welcome Chris Van Dusen for story-time and a signing of his books including A Piglet Named Mercy! 1 PM -3 PM, 128 Main Street, Freeport 04032



An Unlikely Story, Plainville MA – www.anunlikelystory.com
As part of Independent Bookstore Day An Unlikely Story, Plainville MA will host a fundraiser for the Binc Foundation! At the event, authors, publisher sales reps, and independent booksellers from MA, RI, and CT will go head to head in a game show-style trivia contest. Join in the fun and cheer everybody on!
Proceeds from the general admission tickets and the cash bar will go to Binc. An Unlikely Story will also provide complimentary snacks, so come out to support a great cause, mingle with authors & booksellers, and generally have a fabulous time! Tickets


The Bookloft, Great Barrington MA – www.thebookloft.com/event/indie-bookstore-day-pajama-party
We’re having a PAJAMA PARTY! Bring the whole family for a day of Special Guest Storytime Readers. Children’s authors will be stopping by to read us their favorite stories. With snacks, raffles, & activities, this day is full of fun for the whole family. Not to mention the exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on this day at the store. Plus, get 10% off you purchases if somebody in your family (or the group you’re with) is wearing pajamas!
11am – Storytime with Michelle Cuevas (author of Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow)
1pm –  Storytime with  Caroline Nastro (author of The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep)
3pm –  Storytime with  Jana Laiz (author of Blanket of Stars)


The Book Rack Bookstore, Newburyport MA – www.hugobookstores.com
We are co-supporting the Newburyport Literary Festival that day, which features dozens of authors from around the New England region and the United States. It also keeps us very busy. We will be raffling off ARCs for new and returning subscribed customers!


Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA – www.brooklinebooksmith.com
Book Fishing: This will be book fishing’s third year in Booksmith’s IBD celebrations – customers drop a fishing line behind the great blue curtain and reel up a free book from the $1 section of the Used Book Cellar. Everyone’s a winner!

“Photo Booth”: We will have a suspended frame and a table full of literary props (Sherlock Homes hats and pipes, Harold’s Purple Crayon, etc) for literary themed photo ops.

Costume Contests: Anyone who visits the store in literary costume on IBD will be entered to win one of three prize baskets – one curated from the Sci-Fi section, one from the Kidsmith, and one by the curator of our Transnational Literature Series.


Buttonwood Books and Toys, Cohasset MA – www.buttonwoodbooksandtoys.com
This year for Independent Bookstore Day, Buttonwood Books and Toys has invited ten local independently published authors to present their books during the day. There will be two groups of five, each with a mix of children’s, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. We are also planning on raffles, refreshments, and game demos.


Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA – www.harvard.com
Harvard Book Store will be showcasing our favorite books from independent presses (New Directions, Graywolf, Coffee House, Grove, and more!) in a special bookseller-curated display, collecting our customer’s love notes to bookstores, releasing a brand new Harvard Book Store tote bag with a design by local artist Susan Coyne (to be revealed), and selling reading journals made on our very own book-printing robot, Paige M. Gutenborg. Plus balloons!


New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton MA – www.nebookfair.com
Join us on Saturday, April 27th for Independent Bookstore Day! We will be licking off the day at 11:00 am with authors Adam Abramowitz signing copies of his new book, A Town Called Malice and Dale T Phillips will be signing copies from his Zach Taylor mystery series; both will be with us until 1:0pm. At 2:00pm, we will be celebrating the launch of Michael C Keith’s newest book, Stories in the Key of Me. Food & drink will compliment his reading and signing. Michael will be with us until 4pm. Special gifts with purchase and activities will be going on throughout the day as well. More information can be found on FB, https://www.facebook.com/NewEnglandMobileBookFair/


Papercuts J.P., Boston, MA – papercutsjp.com
For Independent Bookstore Day, In addition to being a destination on the Metro Boston Bookstore Trolley, we’ll also have Dzanc authors in the house: Chaya Bhuvaneswar author of WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS and Morris Collins author of HORSE LATITUDES.
We’ll also have raffles, new swag, treats and boatloads of fun!


Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA – www.portersquarebooks.com
Porter Square Books is the first stop on one of the trolley routes, so readers taking the trolley tour will get a tour of the offices and a goodie bag on their way to the trolley. At 11AM there will be a special IBD storyhour with Daniel Haack reading from his new picture book Maiden & Princess. Our second annual Great Bookseller Bake-Off will be from 2PM-4PM. Booksellers will compete against each other with their favorite recipes from their favorite cookbooks. The winner will be chosen by your votes. We’ll also have a number of bookish games and activities available throughout the day, and, of course, all of the great IBD exclusive items.


The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton MA – www.silverunicornbooks.com
The Silver Unicorn Bookstore is very excited to be hosting Ali Benjamin to talk about her new book, The Next Great Paulie Fink, at 2 pm on Independent Bookstore Day. We are similarly excited to welcome Jessica Barry and Megan Collins to talk about their debut thriller novels, Freefall and A Winter Sister, at 7 pm. And all day, we’ll have lots of IBD-exclusive merchandise!


Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Marblehead MA – https://www.hugobookstores.com/coming-events 
Hugobooks is doing a passport. If you visit all 4 of our stores, and spend $10 at each, you can enter to win 20% off all your Hugobooks purchases for the rest of the year. We’ll also be doing raffles to win gift cards and, ARC’s. We’ll be carrying most of the Indie Bookstore Day merchandise.


Storybook Cove, Hanover MA – www.storybookcove.com
All day: For every $10 spent, pick a free book from our “uncover book cart”; “Inside Our Store Scavenger Hunt” for kids and adults with prizes; and make rebus stories using “Grandpa’s Ghost Stories” illustrated by James Flora sticker sheets. At 11:00 a.m.: Storytime and craft with “Elmo’s New Puppy” for ages 2+.  We will be selling IBD exclusive books and literary items.


Titcomb’s Bookshop, E. Sandwich MA – www.titcombsbookshop.com

Follow the Cape Cod & Islands Bookstore Trail to discover a treasure trove of new and used bookstores from Sandwich to Falmouth to Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket.

The program will launch on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 27 and continue throughout 2019.  The goal of the Trail is to highlight the unique and diverse array of independent bookstores on Cape Cod and the Islands.

20 independent bookstores (and counting!) will participate in the Trail, including  Books By the Sea in Centerville, Booksmith/Musicsmith in Orleans, Brewster Bookstore in Orleans, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven, East End Books in Provincetown, Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, A Great Yarn in Chatham, Herridge Books in Wellfleet, Isaiah Thomas Books & Prints in Cotuit,  Main Street Books in Orleans, Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee, Mitchell’s Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks on Nantucket, Parnassus Book Service in Yarmouthport, Provincetown Bookshop in Provincetown, Reed Books in Harwich Port, Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, Wellfleet Booksmith in Wellfleet, Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookshop and Children’s Annex in Chatham and Yellow Umbrella Book in Chatham.

Trail maps will be available at participating stores and can also be downloaded from the group’s website at  https://capeandislandsbookstoretrail.com/

People who visit 5 or more stores during 2019 will be given a Cape & Islands Bookstore Trail button.

Many of the participating bookstores will offer light refreshments, and some will have special events planned Independence Bookstore Day on April 27.


Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston MA – www.tridentbookscafe.com
Trident is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with a jam-packed day full of literary events! During the day, the Metro Boston Bookstore Day Trolley will be rolling through, where they’ll be awaited by a complementary mimosa. Then throughout the afternoon, we’ll play host to FIVE local authors who will meet-and-greet customers and sign books (more information about the authors HERE.) We’ll round out the evening with an author event with Diane Wald, author of the forthcoming Gillyflower (more info HERE) and Literary Trivia hosted in our second-floor cafe space at 7pm (more info HERE.)


Whitelam Books, Reading MA – www.whitelambooks.com
Five local authors speaking about and signing their books – one each hour starting at 10:30am
Exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise
FREE Audiobooks courtesy of Libro.fm
Raffles and giveaways
And of course, the highly sought-after Whitelam Books balloons!



Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord NH – www.gibsonsbookstore.com/event/ibd-2019
For Independent Bookstore Day this year, Gibson’s Bookstore will have delicious snacks, a “shelfie” photo area, and a large “I Love Gibson’s Bookstore Because…” poster for our customers to sign. There will be exclusive Indie Bookstore Day merchandise for sale, several items for raffle, and Advanced Reader Copy Giveaways!
Gibson’s will be rewarding customers who wear Gibson’s Bookstore shirts or hats with a full stamp card good for 20% off an entire transaction.
Also, Gibson’s Bookstore has partnered with other indie bookstores throughout New Hampshire to create a passport, which customers can have stamped at each location they visit during the weekend of Indie Bookstore Day and qualify for prizes and benefits upon completion!


White Birch Bookseller, N. Conway NH – www.whitebirchbooks.com
As part of the festivities, we are planning to have guests from the community in to read every half hour – 9:30-5:30 – all day. We want to showcase our teachers, librarians, business friends and community partners and representation from the White Mountain Independents(businesses locally owned and operated)!People can read a picture book, a chapter from their favorite book or a short passage (5-10 mins)We’ll be filming and sharing these on Facebook and other social media and giving prizes to the readers with the most likes and the favorite books. Grand prize will be $100 of books to an organization (school, nonprofit, etc) of choice. Everybody will get something!!



Battenkill Books, Cambridge NY – www.battenkillbooks.com
For Independent Bookstore Day we will offer special sales, special IBD merchandise, free book giveaways, and activities for kids.


Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid NY – www.thebookstoreplus.com
Mimosa’s being served on the house from 9:00-11:00 PM
“The Living Reading Space” from 9:30 AM-5:30 PM  We will have bookstore friends and customers reading in our front window in 1/2 hour blocks! (everyone seems to be very excited for this!!)
Cupcakes at 12:00 PM
1-3 PM: Kiley Frank, childrens book author, will be signing copies of her new book, “Tomorrow Is Waiting”.
3-5 PM: Maxwell Eaton, childrens book author, will be signing his funny and educational books.
5 PM: Worlds Easiest Scavenger Hunt GIFT CERTIFICATE DRAWING



Books on the Square, Providence RI – https://www.booksq.com/apr-2019-newsletter
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Rhode Island bookstores will be celebrating all day on April 27, and you’re welcome to join us. Pick up a Rhode Island passport at any of the participating stores, and visit 14 of the 15 participating stores to win prizes and be entered to win one grand prize!

Spring into story time at 11 a.m. with spring themed stories and activities. There will be a store wide scavenger hunt from 1-5 with prizes! From 5-7 enjoy snacks and drinks while you go on a blind date with a book. You can even take one home with you. And, David Norton Stone, author of Lost Restaurants of Providence, recounts the restaurants that still hold a place in the hearts of locals at 7 p.m.


Brown Bookstore, Providence RI – shopbrown.com
We will be having giveaways, contests, and raffles all day, including a gift card raffle every hour ‪from 12pm to 3pm.
We’ll be raffling off a bag of children’s books right after our ‪11am story time, and a bag of books for grown ups ‪at 4pm.
We’ll also offer a free Vera Bradley gift with a $24 book purchase (while supplies last), snacks & sweets during the day, limited edition literary merchandise, free literary (temporary) tattoos & more.
Visit us at shopbrown.com for updates & additional information.


Savoy Bookshop & Café, Westerly RI – www.savoybookshopcafe.com
Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, RI, will be participating in the Rhode Island Independent Bookstore Day Passport, plus we will have a free coloring table, where kids can color a drawing of our bookstore by local artist Elizabeth Jancewicz, and we will be doing random giveaways throughout the day.



Norwich Bookstore, Norwich VT – norwichbookstore.com
To celebrate the Indie Spirit, the Norwich Bookstore will participate in the nationwide Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), Saturday, April 27, from 9 am – 6 pm.

9 am: Books and literary gifts — pins, pouches, cards — created specifically for IBD will be unveiled!

2 pm: We are delighted to welcome two local authors who write for middle-grade and middle school readers! Both have new novels that portray teens working through tough transitions with family and friendships. The authors will read and talk about their books and are happy to answer questions and sign copies.

Jo Knowles – Where the Heart Is tells the story of 13-year-old Rachel who is struggling to understand how to adapt to the complications of her family’s changing circumstances and a friend who would like to be more. Jo Knowles lives with her family in Hartland and is the author of seven other acclaimed novels for young adults including Jumping Off Swings.

Lindsey StoddardRight as Rain, Lindsey Stoddard’s second novel, follows 12-year-old Rain as her world is turned upside-down following the accidental death of her brother. Lindsey grew up in Norwich and currently lives with her young family in northern Vermont.

All Day: We love audiobooks! And our audiobook partner, Libro.fm, loves us back. So much, in fact, that to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day, they’re giving away free, specially chosen audiobooks on April 27!


The Vermont Book Shop – https://www.vermontbookshop.com/event/independent-bookstore-day

Vermont Independent Bookstores challenge! Visit 3 or more independent bookstores in Vermont on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 27th for your chance to win the full prize package of a Vermont Independent Bookstores pin, sticker, magnet and reusable tote! Usually winning all this loot would require visiting all 20 bookstores featured on the Vermont Independent Bookstores Passport, so this is a rare opportunity!

11 a.m. Local author Jennifer Cyr will lead a mini workshop “Telling Spirit Animal Stories with Words and Pictures.”
4 p.m. Marshall Highet and Bird Stasz Jones will recite a selection from their new novel, a coming-of-age story and sailing adventure on the high seas (perfect for ages 11-14), HOLD FAST! Discussion and signing to follow.

ALL DAY Free audiobooks from Libro.fm, a $50 Vermont Book Shop Gift Card Drawing, plus more giveaways and exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items.


April 27