Mark Your Calendars for Saturday, April 25
& Stay Tuned for Info on Bookstore Day 2020!


What is Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  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, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

To see past exclusives, check out our archives.

Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?

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

Bookstores: find out how you can participate!

Relive the Magic of Independent Bookstore Day 2019! (2).jpg

“As a young reader, I was starved for literature. Bookstores fed me. They feed me still. My happiest hours still seem to be the ones I’ve spent in small bookshops on rainy days, when I lost myself for hours in the new, the strange and the ecstatic.”

— Lauren Groff, 2016 Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador (1).jpg

“Independent bookstores are my first steps in any new city — a quick check of the pulse in any literary community. They are ports in the storm, passageways to magical lands, escape hatches out of bad moods. Even when I don’t think I need a book, because the stack beside my bed is teetering towards the ceiling, I always need a bookstore. And then I usually need a book, too.”

— Emma Straub, 2017 Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador


“Bookstores are more than just repositories of knowledge. They’re living, breathing, evolving representations of our best selves. I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It’s a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can both change us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together.”

— Celeste Ng, 2018 Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador (3).jpg

“Indie stores are hyper-local, yet they share thoughts from all over the world.”

— Tayari Jones, 2019 Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador

“Who doesn’t love an indie bookstore? Where else can you browse other people’s dreams and buy a vision for a less than a pizza?”

— M.T. Anderson