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Independent Bookstore Day - Coming to a store near you~
Clear your calendar and make some plans to visit loads of cool Indie Bookstores. Stores will be celebrating, each in their own unique way! Check out the events below. New events added daily, so check back!
When you are out and about, celebrating Indie Bookstores, be sure to include us on any social media!
Hollywood / West Hollywood
10am - A visit from Curious George! Bring the young ones for a special storytime and visit from the beloved children's book character.
1pm - A special panel of Angel City Press authors. First, April Dammann presents Corita Kent: Art and Soul: The Biography. Then, authros Darryl Holter and William F. Deverell discuss Woody Guthrie L.A.: 1937 to 1941, with a special LIVE performance!
3pm - Author Jim Colucci discusses and signs Golden Girls Forever! Yes, those Golden Girls! Join us as we celebrate the classic television show and this gorgerous new companion book. We'll have special guests and a Golden Girls costume contest with prizes!
5pm - Live DJ and Happy Hour!
Los Angeles Stores
Chevalier's - Come join us as we celebrate the day with amazing musicians, in-store visits by local authors, delightful giveaways such as FREE, removable literary tattoos and day-only offers of limited editions by the likes of Kate DiCamillo and Neil Gaiman.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. novelist Julia Claiborne Johnson, Be Frank With Me, and young adult author Charlotte Huang, For the Record, our honorary in-house authors for the day, will be available to share their tastes and knowledge with you. You can catch Julia up until 2:30 p.m. and Charlotte until 12:30 p.m.
Top off the Celebrations With Music at 4:30 p.m.
One-of-a-kind Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter will perform songs from her new album Have You In My Wilderness, featured here on NPR. Julia has performed at venues and festivals all over the globe. She has had pieces commissioned by and/or has performed with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Stargaze. She says she becomes another character when she writes, and she often draws inspiration for her songs from literature and plays.
Julia’s father and Chevalier’s co-owner Darryl Holter, co-author of Woody Guthrie LA, 1937-1941, will treat us to his original taste of Americana from his latest album, Radio Songs, which draws from country, blues and folk traditions.
EXCLUSIVE SPECIALS!Literary Tattoos
All day we are offering FREE temporary literary tattoos and other exclusive, day-of, merchandise. These items are limited to a first come first served offer, so arrive early!
A special signed & numbered edition of the new novel by two-time Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo. Includes a special note from Kate.
Neil Gaiman Coloring Book
This book features colorable illustrations by Chris Riddell from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline; The Graveyard Book, and Fortunately, the Milk.
Draw Me! includes step-by-step instructions on how to draw characters like Mo Willems’s Pigeon, Curious George, Fly Guy, and many more.
Join us as we celebrate the 3rd Annual Independent Bookstore Day! After the popularity of the inaugural California Bookstore Day the event has gone national and been proclaimed Independent Bookstore Day by the rest of the country!
Today, we'll have special, limited edition items from authors and artists like Anthony Bourdain, Kate DiCamillo, Ann Patchett, and Neil Gaiman. Special non-book items include coloring books, posters, tea towels, plushies, and a 7" vinyl record. Show up early as these items will be first come, first served (one of each item per customer!).
Also, also! Skylight Books will be unveiling, for Independent Bookstore Day (!!), a special, exclusive t-shirt collaboration between Otherwild and Carolyn Pennypacker-Riggs inspired by Rad American Women A-Z: Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped History and Our Future.
And finally! starting at 2pm, Bouquet, Essence Harden, Jen Wang, Charlyne Yi and friends will be reading from Rad American Womenand performing the song "X is For" from the special Independent Bookstore Day vinyl record. This companion record to the NYT bestselling Rad American Women A-Z (by Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl) was created just for Independent Bookstore Day.
Side A features "X is For...," an original alphabet song by Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs of Bouquet. Side B is a lively and poetic reading of the "X" chapter from the book featuring the voices of ANGELA DAVIS, REBECCA SOLNIT, CHARLENE YI, ALICE BAG, AMINATOU SOW & ANN FRIEDMAN of Call Your Girlfriend Podcast/Empire, and many more rad women! Includes a poster with lyrics and chords, and free digital download instructions.
Get weird/loud/sassy/soulful/rockful/thoughtful and come celebrate your love for independent bookstores the Skylight way!
Orange County Stores
A Whale of a Tale -
Refreshments, prizes every hour, tattoo chain from Alice in Wonderland, and Robin Preiss Glasser is stopping by to sign books and hang out beginning at noon- 2:00 p.m. And of course we have a limited number of all the special items.
Cellar Door Books
10 - 11:30 am Sock Puppet Storytime Lab
We're kicking off Indie Bookstore Day with an event for kids! Come in and create your very own sock puppet to present for our Storytime Puppet Show.
11:30 am-12 pm Storytime Puppet Show
Join us for a special storytime! Listen to stories with your new puppet friend, and get ready to play in a puppet show where you're the main characters.
12 - 2 pm Literary Luncheon
Feeling hungry? Join us for a potluck-style lunch, and bring snacks and desserts based on your favorite books! Cellar Door staff will be taking their meals from Cara Nicoletti's Voracious, a collection of recipes inspired by beloved books and the food that gives their characters depth and personality. We have plenty of copies if you need some inspiration!
2 – 4 pm Cellar Door Costume Contest
You know the deal! Come in dressed as your favorite literary character for a costume contest. Cellar Door staff will judge and award the winner with a prize!
4 – 6 pm Sell a Book, Get a Book Sale
At this point in the day, Cellar Door staff will be feeling pretty tired. So if you recommend and sell a book to a customer, you'll get 25% off a book of your choice! This offer is limited to only one book, and lasts only during these two hours, so make sure to try your hand at being a bookseller!
6 – 8 pm Book Club Speakeasy
Join us for a literary cocktail party! Bring drinks based off of your favorite books. We're featuring Tim Federle's Tequilla Mockingbird and Gone with the Gin for our recipes, and have copies available so you can find the perfect cocktail!
San Diego Stores
Mysterious Galaxy - Mysterious Galaxy will be doing lots of fun stuff all day long, and will offer range of unique book-related items and prints for sale only on that day, and only in-store.
We will have a half dozen exclusive Independent Bookstore Day goodies, including items from Anthony Bourdain, Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, Bookstore Cats, and celebrating Curious George’s 75th birthday! (sorry, no holds, pre-orders, or telephone or on-line orders).
A scavenger hunt will be underway throughout the day, and the most successful reader/hunter/ gatherers will be eligible for a special event at Mysterious Galaxy: three readers will win guest invites for themselves and their friends to a special exclusive after-hours event at MGSD!
Mysterious Galaxy will have temporary tattoos available for readers to take part in Litograph’s Independent Bookstore Day Tattoo Chain – watch our social media for details.
We’ll be adding plenty of treats and surprises here as the date approaches, and sharing updates via our electronic newsletter, the Virtual Plot.
West Grove Collective
Storewide specials, refreshments and an Author Meet and Greet 3-6 pm.
Cupcake Brown, A Piece of Cake
Jill Hall, Black Velvet Coat
Andrew Roe, Miracle Girl
Vroman's Main Store
10am: Storytime with Mr. Steve!
11am: Craft Time w/ Kelly (Make your own books or bookmarks)
11am: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney discusses & signs The Nest
12pm: Ask Chip Anything (w/ Chip Jacobs)
1pm: Cameron Diaz discusses The Longevity Book
Guidelines for that event: Cameron Diaz will be pre-signing books before the event. She will not be personalizing any books. Cameron Diaz will give a small talk and take a few questions from the audience before allowing fans a photo opportunity with her. You MUST purchase a book from Vroman’s to be in the photo op line. Please remember to bring your own camera to take the photo. You will receive a voucher for the line and receive a signed copy of The Longevity Book after you have taken your photo. Vouchers will be available on the day of the event (4/30) starting at 9am.
5pm - Live DJ and Happy Hour!
Vromans Hastings Ranch
5pm: Poetry Slam!
Read your favorite poem or your own original poetry at this open mic event.
We’ll have snacks and libations, a prize for each participant,
and live music breaks from our very own Carmen.
Sign up for a slot in advance by emailing Danielle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or gather your courage and just show up that night… or just come to watch and enjoy!
PLUS tons of Exclusive Merch!
San Fernando Valley / Glendale
Once Upon a Time
ALL DAY FUN! EXCLUSIVE ITEMS ON SALE - STARTING at 10 AM!
10:30 am - Artist Ashlyn Anstee presents her new picture book: NO, NO, GNOME
1 to 3pm - Illustrator Frans Vischer will draw a caricature for every person who purchases a book! His drawing is featured on the exclusive IBD DRAW ME! book.
7 pm - Greg Neri presents his fictionalized account of the real-life friendship of Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee. TRU & NELLE
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
IN CONJUNCTION WITH PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH
10 AM-4 PM: Design and Rescue Club of La Cañada High School sells mugs created by student LINA LEE to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society
11 AM-1 PM: Read a story to CEDAR the collie, a therapy dog
12–2 PM: LARA JO REGAN signs her photography book ‘Dogs in Cars,’ a 2015 Indie Book Pick (W.W. Norton)
12–2 PM: The Magic Novels team is present to sign their new children books ‘The Adventures of Pippy: The Pangolin,’ ‘Willis the Brute,’ and
‘Mr. Pepper Pickle Pumpkin Plum!’
12-3 PM: Local Brownie Troop 1251 sponsors a book drive (through the organization Milk+Bookies) for Operation School Bell, benefitting underserved elementary-age children in the Pasadena Unified School District
2-4 PM: DENISE FLECK, Pet First Aid & CPCR Instructor (& Career Technical Education Animal Care Instructor for Burbank Unified School District) presents a demonstration and signs her books ‘Pet First Aid for Kids’ and ‘Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover’
A SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY:
3-5 PM: Bestselling mystery novelist ANNE PERRY talks and signs a selection of the more than 75 titles she has written over the last several decades, as well as her latest Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novels
PARADISE CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 6th Grade Art Display: Over 100 decorated paper coffee cups are on display through the end of May as part of an independent drawing project in Art Class
Enter a drawing to win a selection of books
Children's Book World
10:30 a.m., ages 3 – 7: Ilene Cohen Puppet Show
Ilene Cohen will entertain with her puppet, Woody, and his puppet friends for literature based stories to tickle your funny bone.
2:30 p.m., ages 7 – 10: Lin Oliver Book Signing
Celebrate the publication The Fantastic Frame, a thrilling chapter book series, that combines exciting adventure with humor and a fun dose of art history. When ten-year-old Tiger Brooks and his family move into a new home, he sees some strange things at the house next door. When he and his neighbor Luna Lopez investigate, they discover a reclusive old woman and her magical golden frame, through which they can enter the world's greatest paintings. In Book 1, Danger! Tiger Crossing, Tiger and Luna get pulled into the painting Surprised! or Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau. In Book 2, Splat! Another Messy Sunday, Tiger and Luna enter the famous dotted world of Georges Seurat's painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
Independent Bookstore Day has gone national, but that doesn't mean it's not a special event for us here in Brentwood. Stop by to the amazing array of limited-edition items that will be on sale that day!
Play our Literary Scavenger Hunt and enter to win a $25 gift certificate and one of our cool T-Shirts.
There'll be a version for adults and kids so everyone can play!
Joining us from 3:30-5:30 will be one of our favorite authors (and customers),Julia Claiborne Johnson. She'll be her giving her expert book recommendations so be sure to stop by!