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Independent Bookstore Day


Sat., April 29 2017

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The only way Seattle can possibly keep enjoying a wide variety of excellent, engaged, helpful, lovely independent bookstores is to support them, love them, and buy as many books as we possibly can from them—not Jeff Bezos, even if his company offers convenient delivery. This event gives you a perfect excuse to visit your favorite shops, stock up on new releases and old classics, and maybe even meet some local authors/complete challenges. Part of Independent Bookstore Day is a madcap race around the Sound to visit at least one location of every participating independent bookstore (there are 19 this year), and get your "passport" stamped at each one. (There are more than 19 locations on the passport, but some stores have multiple locations, like Third Place Books, and you only need to visit one.) The prize is 25% off books at all those retailers for an entire year. And if you're a little less ambitious but able to make it to at least three stores, you can enter a drawing for bookstore gift cards. See more details about the Bookstore Day Challenge here.

Events at each bookstore will differ, but many will offer surprise author appearances, prizes, food, refreshments, and activities. Some extra-special draws include poem-inspired treats and a display featuring Mount Analogue's new Erasure series at Open Books, the release of the Northwest Cartoonists Cookbook at Fantagraphics, and Book-It storytime, blackout poetry, screen printing, and a scavenger hunt at Elliott Bay Book Company.

See the list of participating retailers below:
Ada's Technical Books & Cafe (Capitol Hill)
Book Larder (Fremont)
BookTree (Kirkland)
Eagle Harbor Book Company (Bainbridge Island)
Edmonds Bookshop (Edmonds)
Elliott Bay Book Company (Capitol Hill)
Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery (Georgetown)
Island Books (Mercer Island)
Liberty Bay Books (in Poulsbo and Bremerton)
Magnolia's Bookstore (Magnolia)
The Neverending Bookshop (Bothell)
Open Books (Wallingford)
Phinney Books (Phinney Ridge)
Queen Anne Book Company (Queen Anne)
Seattle Mystery Bookshop (Pioneer Square)
Secret Garden Bookshop (Ballard)
Third Place Books (in Lake Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park)
The Traveler (Bainbridge Island)
University Book Store (in the U District and Mill Creek)

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  • Sat., April 29 2017