Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Square Books
on Saturday, April 29th.
Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide.
Square Books will offer cool giveaway items and exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 150 authors, including Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and many others, have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. These limited edition, unique items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores, on April 29. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores.
Children’s items include:
• An Elephant & Piggie onesie by Mo Willems
This soft cotton onesie featuring Mo Willems’ wonderful Elephant and Piggie and an encouragement to READ makes the perfect baby gift for bibliophiles.
• A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
From the acclaimed New York Times best-seller A Child of Books, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston offer an exclusive signed fine art print for book lovers of all ages. Jeffers’s elegant image combined with Winston’s typographical landscapes inspires readers to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine.
Adult items include:
• Welcome to Night Vale Vinyl Record
A vinyl edition of the bestselling Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Based on the tremendously popular podcast of the same name.
• $6 Story: The Sandmeyer Reaction
A signed, limited, and bound edition of a story cut from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon’s new novel, Moonglow.
• A Literary Cocktail Party: Favorite Drinks from Our Favorite Writers
A modern take on a classic cocktail guide, from 30 American writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass’s namesake cocktail, the Julia’s Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub. Other authors sharing their favorite drinks include Viet Thanh Nguyen, Sloane Crosley, Amor Towles, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, and many others.
• Lost and Found Print
This signed, original, black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is inspired by her forthcoming activity book You Are Here.
• Literary Condoms
These cleverly beautiful literary condoms are perfect for book lovers. Developed by The Booksmith in San Francisco they feature two designs, “Give Me That Darcy” Jane Austen condoms and “Great Expectations” Charles Dickens condoms.
• The “Bad Citizen” Stencil
Every year Bookstore Day creates a signature “Bad Citizen” Graffiti Stencil to highlight the authors and the words that push us to think, read, and be disruptive when necessary. This year’s stencil features a quote from professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.: CENSORSHIP IS TO ART AS LYNCHING IS TO JUSTICE. The term “bad citizen” comes from a 1997 New Yorker interview with Don DeLillo, “... weʼre writing against what power represents, and often what government represents, and what the corporation dictates, and what consumer consciousness has come to mean. In that sense, if weʼre bad citizens, weʼre doing our job.”
• Audiobook giveaways from Libro.fm
The digital audiobook platform for independent bookstores. Visitors to IBD stores can download a half dozen complimentary digital audiobooks, including The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, David Foster Wallace’s classic A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and books for young readers such as Shadow House #1 by Michael Northrop.