Independent Bookstore Day 2018!

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at

The Hickory Stick Bookshop on

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Join The Hickory Stick Bookshop and over 500 independent bookstores in 48 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Independent Bookstore Day marks its fourth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 28th, with literary parties around the country.

The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be celebrating with refreshments, giveaways, and activities throughout the day, as well as two book signings: Deborah Dayal and Rose Petruzzi will sign Dancing Inside, a book of poetry with watercolor illustrations, at 1pm; Bibi Gaston will sign Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters at 2:30pm, coinciding with The Steep Rock Association’s Family Workshop Weekend.


The Hickory Stick Bookshop will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day., the leading digital audiobook supplier for independent bookstores, will also be offering a selection of free bestselling audiobooks, including The Paris Secret by Karen Swan, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Tangerine by Christine Mangan and many more. These audiobooks will only be free to users on Independent Bookstore Day. If you don’t already have a account, any staff member at The Hickory Stick Bookshop can help you sign up so you can start listening today while supporting your local bookshop.

Connecticut bookstores will celebrate all day on Saturday, April 28th (and into Sunday!).  Pick up a copy of the Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport at any participating store and get moving!  Visit 15 of the 20 participating stores across the state on April 28th and April 29th and get your passport stamped at each location. If you complete the passport (15 stamps), you will receive a $25.00 gift card from EACH participating location- all 20 stores – for a total value of $500. WOW! Join the party and show Connecticut indie bookstores some LOVE!

Some Rules:

  • Passports are valid on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th.  Store hours vary by location, please contact the store directly and/or check their websites.
  • You may pick up a passport at any of the participating locations beginning Monday, April 23rd  Stamping will not begin until Saturday, April 28th.
  • You must visit 15 stores to win.
  • You may start and end at any participating location.  Once you have accumulated 15 stamps, please provide the final bookstore with your name, phone number, and email address Winners will be notified on Monday, April 30th for details of how they will receive the prize ($500 worth of gift cards!)
  • No purchase necessary to receive a stamp in your passport – but we know that after browsing each location’s unique selection and merchandise, you’ll be well stocked with reading materials for the foreseeable future!

The 2018 IBD author ambassador Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You) says, “My favorite thing about independent bookstores is that they all have their own distinct personalities: each reflects not just the tastes but also the ideals of its community. From the second you walk in, you get a sense of what the people who shop there know and enjoy—as well as what's currently on their minds, what they want to learn, and what they value: in short, what kinds of people they want to be. Bookstores are more than just repositories of knowledge, they’re living, breathing, evolving representations of our best selves. I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It's a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can change both us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together.”


About Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day began in California in 2014 and became a national event the next year. A host of publishers and authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and many others have donated work in support of the event. Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Its sponsors include Penguin Random House, Ingram, and the American Bookseller’s Association.


This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call The Hickory Stick Bookshop at 860-868-0525, email, or visit

Event date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Event address: 
2 Green Hill Road
Washington Depot, CT 06794