Independent Bookstore Day
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country, usually on the last Saturday of April. Due to COVID-19 this year, the celebration has been rescheduled to August. This will be a day long celebration at Bookmarks.
Please note that limited capacity shopping is still in effect; for full details, click here. Curbside pickup and shipping options are still available and contribute to the Dash-N-Grab!
Anyone who makes an in-store or online purchase to Bookmarks on Independent Bookstore Day will be entered into a drawing for a Bookmarks Dash-N-Grab! The winner of the Dash-N-Grab will get 90 seconds to grab as many books as they can at Bookmarks (to be scheduled at a future date). Purchase/donation entries are limited to 1 per person.
To win an additional entry to the Dash-N-Grab, post a picture to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram on Independent Bookstore Day of your favorite Bookmarks memory - tag @bookmarksnc.org and use #bookmarksdashngrab and #bookswithpurpose. Social media post entries are limited to 1 per person.
Presented with support from Marley Drug.
Take a trip to Bookmarks and treat yourself to lunch at the same time! The following food trucks will be at Bookmarks on Independent Bookstore Day:
- Sliders, LLC: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Unavailable due to weather
- Angie's Italian Ice: 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Bookmarks has limited quantities of the following 2020 Independent Bookstore Day exclusives, available for phone or in-store purchase
- You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles
- Dav Pilkey's Supa Cape
What is Independent Bookstore Day?
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.
To see past exclusives, check out our archives.
Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?
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 they are at your service.
Bookstores: find out how you can participate!