Lisa Brown

The only way Seattle can possibly keep enjoying a wide variety of excellent, engaged, helpful, 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. Independent Bookstore Day, happening this Saturday, 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.

In Seattle, part of this event 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. 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.

Events at each Seattle bookstore will differ, but many will offer surprise author appearances, prizes, food, refreshments, and activities. Find out more details about special events and see the list of participating retailers here.