Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Square Books on Saturday, April 28th.

Independent Bookstore Day marks its fifth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide.

Square Books and Square Books, Jr. will offer giveaway items and exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Square Books, Jr. will also host a special Llama Llama storytime at 10 a.m.

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 28. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores. Visit to learn more.

Limited edition merchandise includes:

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat print - $15
A gorgeous, frame-worthy print from the bestselling cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. “How to Make a Mayonnaise” is the clever and useful illustration from Wendy MacNaughton. Signed by both the illustrator and the author.

Fight the Power Utility PouchFight the Power Utility Pouch - $14
This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features a quote from Colson Whitehead’s inspirational National Book Award speech and design elements from the cover of Underground Railroad. “BE KIND TO EVERYBODY. MAKE ART. FIGHT THE POWER.”

Don't let the bastards grind you downThe Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil - $35
Every year Independent 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 timely quote from Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale: DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN, the ultimate rallying cry for our time. 

The Book Club journalThe Book Club Journal - $16.99
Finally, a way for book clubs (or solo readers) to keep track of their reading lives! This beautifully designed journal has pages and prompts for writing your thoughts and opinions about the books you’ve read, keeping track of book club meetings, and more than 45 original, themed recommended reading lists from authors and booksellers around the country. Martin Cruz Smith gives us the “Real Russia” reading list. The booksellers at Parnassus in Nashville give us “Books narrated by non-humans.”

Literary Tea TowelsLiterary Tea Towels - $22
This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes: "PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO EAT ARE ALWAYS THE BEST PEOPLE." — Julia Child / "YOUR BODY IS NOT A TEMPLE, IT’S AN AMUSEMENT PARK. ENJOY THE RIDE." — Anthony Bourdain

$6 Story$6 Story: A Book on the Table - $6
This year’s $6 Story is a collection of flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Celeste Ng, Amy Bloom, and many others. Each story is only 200-1,000 words and must contain some mention of a book, bookstore, or library. The results range from hilarious to poignant to downright strange. It’s a wonderful mini anthology of the form.

Dragons Love TacosDragons Love Books! Onesie - $22
A super-soft onesie for bookish babies based on Adam Rubin’s bestselling Dragons Love Tacos books illustrated by the wonderful Daniel Salmieri.

Read with Me Maisy plush“Read with Me” Maisy Plush - $15
Everybody’s favorite preschool mouse Maisy, star of dozens of beloved books, wears her exclusive READ WITH ME t-shirt with pride! Back of t-shirt sports the IBD logo.

Read with Me Horton Plush“Read with Me” Horton Plush - $15
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent!” A 1940 Dr. Seuss classic is now an IBD exclusive with a pro-reading, indie message on his t-shirt. Faithful Horton, of Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who fame, is a true collectible and very cuddly. Back of t-shirt reads: READ WITH ME. Front of t-shirt sports the IBD logo.

Llama Llama Coloring Book Activity Kit - free
This coloring book features images from the bestselling Llama Llama picture book series. Llama’s adventures include bedtime drama, a first day of school, and a sleepover at Gram and Grandpa’s—all familiar situations for toddlers and preschoolers everywhere. With gentle humor and fun-to-read rhyming text, your store’s Little Llamas will love coloring in this Independent Bookstore Day exclusive. The newest addition to the Llama franchise, Llama Llama Loves to Read, goes on sale just after Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, 2018.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm
Square Books
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
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