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.
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.
Where can you celebrate #bookstoreday in San Diego?
Stop by any of the nine participating independent booksellers on the map to pick up a passport and take part in the store's unique celebration of the national event.
Collect a passport stamp with a purchase from each participating store. Prize tiers begin at four stamps, with limited edition San Diego Bookstore Day Crawl totes; entries into a drawing for gift packages reflecting the individual stores and their curated collections; and readers who collect stamps from all nine stores will be eligible for a raffle for a grand prize of gift certificates totaling more than $200.
See booksellers at your favorite San Diego indie for #SDbookcrawl details.
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