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Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day!


Saturday, April 28, is Independent Bookstore Day. Who’s ready to paaaaarty?

Always held on the last Saturday of the month in April, Independent Bookstore Day:

is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country….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.

We really couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Plenty of North Carolina bookstores are getting in on the fun. A not-remotely comprehensive list is below; check store websites for updates and further details.

Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville is offering up free audiobooks that can be collected on April 28.

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh offers a full day of scheduled events, from chalk art to storytime to celebrity booksellers and live music.

The Regulator Bookshop in Durham will hold raffles for Advanced Readers Copies and gift certificates and is taking donations of gently used children’s books to donate to Book Harvest.

Even if there’s nothing official planned at your local independent purveryor of books, why not make time on Saturday, April 28, to stop by and pick up something, just to let your neighborhood bookstore know how much you love them?

Can’t make it to a bookstore on that day? There’s still time to order schwag that you can wear, well, anywhere.

For more information about Independent Bookstore Day, visit