Independent Bookstore Day, an annual one-day celebration of indie bookshops around the country, falls on Saturday, April 24, this year — and as stores are reopening after over a year of closures, it’s a great time to show your support.
Be sure to check in with your local bookshops to see what they’re offering — things like sidewalk sales, limited-edition merch, exclusive signed editions, wine tastings, and more — or register for any of the excellent virtual events scheduled for the day. Below are some highlights.
Libro.fm is giving away a free audiobook to anyone who spends $15 at any independent bookstore (in-store or virtually) between April 24 and April 26. Details here.
Georgia Clark (It Had to Be You), Talia Hibbert (Act Your Age, Eve Brown), Thien-Kim Lam (Happy Endings), and Paul Rudnick (Playing the Palace) discuss the modern romance novel — hosted by Indiebound, 3 p.m. ET. Join the Zoom here.
Indie publishers Tin House, Milkweed Editions, Europa Editions, Graywolf Press, and Enchanted Lion Books share some of the highlights of their collections — hosted by multiple independent bookstores, 8 p.m. ET. More info.
Edgar Award best novel nominees Deepa Anappara (Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line), Caroline B. Cooney (Before She Was Helen), Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club), Ivy Pochoda (These Women), Kwei Quartey (The Missing American), and Heather Young (The Distant Dead) read from and discuss their books — hosted by Murder by the Book, 1 p.m. CT. More info.
Laurie Halse Anderson (Shout), Ross Gay (The Book of Delights), and Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) discuss their work in separate Q&As throughout the day — presented by the Midwest Literary Walk, 1–5 p.m. ET. More info.
Namina Forna (author of The Gilded Ones) and Amélie Wen Zhao (Red Tigress) discuss their new novels, the creative process, what it’s like to release a book during a global pandemic, and more — hosted by Book Soup, 5 p.m. PT. More info.
John Gallagher (Max Meow! series) hosts an interactive superhero drawing tutorial and Q&A — hosted by Bard’s Alley, 2 p.m. ET. More info.
Poets Allison Funk (The Visible Woman), Sy Hoahwah (Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride: Poems), Jason Sommer (Portulans), and Marjorie Stelmach (Walking the Mist) read from and discuss their work — hosted by Left Bank Books, 7 p.m. CT. More info.
LGBTQ+ journal Foglifter presents a group reading from its spring 2021 issue, featuring Jaime Balboa, Jody Chan, Téa Franco, Donika Kelly, and N/A Oparah — hosted by Skylight Books, 5 p.m. PT. More info.