Saturday, April 27th - 5th Anniversary Independent Bookstore Day!
Independent Bookstore Day returns with its fifth annual celebration! 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 we are at your service. So come out and enjoy a day of browsing, reading, and reveling in all things book-related.
When is it? Saturday, April 27th, 2019
What will we be doing?
-11 am and 2 pm -- Storytime! Kids, come gather around to hear one of our staff read a story or two.
-All Day -- Literary Scavenger Hunt for Kids - This customer favorite is back again. Scout the bookstore to answer the questions then submit your entry into a drawing for a prize!
-All Day -- Have you signed up for Libro.fm yet? They will be giving away free audiobook downloads today to all members in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Click on the link to join or stop by the store to learn more from one of our informed booksellers.
What items will we have? We will be selling some of the featured items specially printed for Independent Bookstore Day (and giving away some freebies too!).
THUD (a new LA-based comedy company led by former editors from The Onion), invited us to partner with them to distribute their latest publication, Mampfen.
With its definitive restaurant ratings and exhaustive knowledge of the local culinary scene, Mampfen is the ultimate LA dining guide for those discerning enough to look at what they're eating before it enters their mouth. Mampfen's reviewers have consumed over 14 tons of food at eateries across the Los Angeles area—from the city's most exclusive fine-dining mainstays, to its seediest back-alley kielbasa parlors, to its least guarded craft services tables—all in service of telling you which things are yummy to eat and which things are not. Pick up your free copy of Mampfen's LA dining guide today and never take an inadequate bite again. (Mampfen is a parody of the Michelin and Zagat restaurant guides and aims to satirize the world of fine-dining, foodie culture, and restaurant criticism.)
We are unable to hold any of these items or sell them over the phone, so plan on stopping by to see what's available. Supplies are limited.
**Please note - Only 2 per item per customer.
Charles Bukowski Vinyl Record, $24.99
Features exclusive selections and additional material from the Run with the Hunted recording session. This is real Bukowski in his real voice, sandpaper and all. In 1993, the year before he died, Bukowski recorded and published selections from his classic Run with the Hunted. This exclusive vinyl edition features these selections along with additional material from that recording session including candid conversations between Bukowski, his wife Linda Lee Bukowski, and his producer. This is a true must-have for the Bukowski fan.
Signed Edition of Women Talking by Miriam Toews, $24
Fans of Toews’ darkly funny fiction have been waiting for this one. And we have an exclusive signed edition with a redesigned, IBD-only cover. Women Talking is a transformative novel — as completely unexpected as it is inspired— based on actual events that happened between 2005 and 2009 in a remote Mennonite community.
Signed Edition of Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk, $15.95
This IBD-only special edition will pub on Bookstore Day, 3 days before the official paperback release. Adjustment Day, the author’s first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society.
Fight Evil Read Books Enamel Pin, $12
The message for our era brought to you by a special partnership between Pantheon and Out of Print. Show your reader pride and fight evil with this IBD-exclusive!
What To Eat With What You Read, $16.99
A companion to last year’s IBD bestseller The Book Club Journal, comes this funny, helpful guide with reading lists, recipes, and menu suggestions from 25 of our favorite authors.
Literary Luminary Pins, $5 each
Show off your favorite authors with these laser-cut wooden pins. An IBD-exclusive from Letter Craft. Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, James Baldwin, and Margaret Atwood.
Signed Edition of Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants with free iron-on Ada patch, $12.99
A special Independent Bookstore Day exclusive autographed copy of Ada Twist and The Perilous Pants signed by bestselling author Andrea Beaty and a collectible embroidered iron-on patch of stellar scientist Ada Twist are the perfect gifts for curious readers everywhere and fans of The Questioneers!
On The Come Up Journal with bound-in author letter, $9.95
In this full-color illustrated journal, start getting your OWN ideas down and find inspiration in a letter from Thomas and quotes from On the Come Up! Author Angie Thomas is known for characters who learn the power of their own voices and, in speaking out, change the community and world around them. But whether it’s Starr from The Hate U Give, Bri from On the Come Up, or Angie herself—it all starts with the ideas.
Signed Edition of The Girl Who Drank The Moon with free vinyl stickers, $9.95
We have an exclusive signed edition of the 2017 Newberry Award-winning middle-grade novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon (a huge indie favorite). The regular paperback releases at the same time. The IBD edition also includes a set of high-quality vinyl stickers.
"Overheard on the Titanic" print, free
This clever blackout poem comes from Austin Kleon’s newest book Keep Going.
Atlas Obscura's Literary Wonders, free
A booklover’s mini-guide from the creators of the bestselling Atlas Obscura. Discover secret libraries, esoteric books, and sites famous for literary works and happenings. A must-have for all readers who wander.
Poems to Keep in Your Pocket, free
A hardcover mini-book of classic poems by Kipling, Wordsworth, Pope, Shakespeare, Dickinson and more.
Flora of Middle Earth postcard, free
A frame-worthy large postcard from The Flora of Middle Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien’s major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying Tolkien’s works. Nearly all of the plants are real species, and many of the fictional plants are based on scientifically grounded botanic principles.
Grandpa's Ghost Stories sticker sheets, free
Each package contains two sheets of stickers from James Flora’s beloved children’s classic Grandpa’s Ghost Stories.