Saturday, April 24, marks the annual Independent Bookstore Day, a day to support and celebrate your local indie bookshop. Many bookstores around the state and beyond will host a full day of events, contests, readings, special offers, and more.
According to the Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance, over 750 boookstores are participating around the country. (Click here for a searchable map to find a celebration near you!) For example, Itinerant Literate Bookstop in Charleston, SC, has tranformed their backyard into a Where the Wild Things Are, COVID-conscious, outdoor sale.
Around the state…
At Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, this celebratory occasion will feature special merchandise and entries to giveaway drawings.
“Independence for us means locally-owned, human-curated, non-book-devaluing-data-mining-algorithm-driven-giant-corporation, community-minded, warm, friendly, smart and sassy, and downright FUN in the most bookish ways!” says Asheville’s Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe. If that’s not enough to get you in the door…what is?
Page 158 Books in Wake Forest will offer exclusive items, giveaways, and a free audiobook with any purchase of $15 or more.
Readers Club members get 20 percent this weekend off eligible books and merch at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.
Don’t see your local indie listed? Search here or poke around online for what they might have going on.
Not ready to leave your house quite yet? You can order online from almost any bookstore, or order from Bookshop.org, which supports local indie bookstores.