Independent Bookstore Day marks its sixth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, August 29th, with literary parties around the country. The Bookstore Plus is hosting an Independent Bookstore Day party with an open invitation to our local community and to all our loyal customers beyond. Due to COVID-19, Independent Bookstore Day will look different this year, but we are still excited for a day-long celebration of Independent Bookstores!
What is Independent Bookstore Day?
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different.
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.
“We are thrilled to once again have The Bookstore Plus participate in the 6th annual Independent Bookstore Day. This year's celebration will certainly be different from year's past, but we are thrilled to celebrate in whatever capacity possible. As a second-generation indie, we are thankful for the support that we receive from our community of local customers and visitors. You are the reason that we are still here and can have a day-long celebration of independent bookselling. Today we say “thank you” for keeping The Bookstore Plus as well as other independent bookstores around the country alive and full of books, ideas, and unique people.” -Sarah and Marc, Co-Owners of The Bookstore Plus
How we will celebrate:
10% of our sales for the day will be donated to Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin County
Post a picture of yourself in front of our store and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate. Simply tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @bookstoreplus and be sure to tag #bookstoreday2020 and we will pull one lucky winner!
Take a picture of a book you bought on Independent Bookstore Day, tag us @bookstoreplus and #bookstoreday and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate!
Join in a virtual author event:
1:30 PM EST Graphic novel discussion and drawing class with Gene Luen Yang https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87185149840?pwd=VGdNeWlPa3VnZDIrSWkrbnJNVlhQZz09
2 PM EST Middle-Grade Fun with RENEE WATSON (WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE) and illustrator NINA MATA (I PROMISE) with moderator ISAAC FITZGERALD (HOW TO BE A PIRATE) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88670459576?pwd=R1A5cEQwZU81UUNGMndQNXBLWCtKdz09
3PM EST Join bestselling YA fantasy authors KAT CHO (WICKED FOX and VICIOUS SPIRITS), RENA BARRON (KINGDOM OF SOULS and REAPER OF SOULS), and REBECCA KIM WELLS (SHATTER THE SKY). https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82442810502?pwd=Wm9TdHp2UDJTODA3cXQ2N296Rnl6dz09
4 PM EST Explore the very near future with Amor Towles as he reads from the exclusive, SIGNED Bookstore Day edition of his story YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84893159388?pwd=NUNodXhnZEJ6VlV5eTZ2MENFQWdKZz09
5 PM EST Join authors REYNA GRANDE (THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US), RISHI REDDI (PASSAGE WEST: A NOVEL) and LAUREN FRANCIS-SHARMA (BOOK OF THE LITTLE AXE) as they discuss reexamining the history, culture, and myths of the West through their fiction. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83073729062?pwd=dEVUVkFGVXU4VDdXcG1pVEtkL0pudz09
6PMEST Join co-hosts Jennifer Haupt, editor of ALONE TOGETHER: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, and Garth Stein, Author Leadership Circle Campaign Chair for Binc, for readings and conversations with ALONE TOGETHER contributing authors Faith Adiele, Gayle Brandeis, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jamie Ford, Major Jackson, Sonora Jha, Scott James, Jessica Keener, Jean Kwok, Roberto Lovato, Ada Limón, Claudia Castro Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and Luis Alberto Urrea. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81709367536?pwd=b1RwOG9Sb1A0V2Y2OVQ4aVQxMEFydz09
8PM EST Join three of BOOKSTORE DAY'S past Author Ambassadors for a lively discussion of books, bookstores, and the writing life.TAYARI JONES (AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE and SILVER SPARROW)LAUREN GROFF (FATES & FURIES and FLORIDA)EMMA STRAUB (ALL ADULTS HERE, MODERN LOVERS, THE VACATIONEERS and owner of Books Are Magic in Brooklyn!) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84000066775?pwd=UDRRMENkeU9lS1dYVmVybUdmZUQrQT09