Independent Bookstore Day 2019
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at
The Hickory Stick Bookshop on
Saturday, April 27, 2019
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 fifth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 27th, with literary parties around the country.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will be celebrating with refreshments, giveaways, and fun activities throughout the day. The bookshop will also be hosting various local authors as guest booksellers throughout the day!
If that’s not exciting enough for you, you can celebrate your local indies on Independent Bookstore Day by participating in the Connecticut Passport! Visit all 17 participating bookstores over the weekend to win a Passport Prize, a 20% coupon from each store (some exclusions apply), and be entered into a Grand Prize raffle. Five (5) people will be drawn at random to win a Grand Prize of a $50 gift card from EACH store! Scroll down for all the details!
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 fifth annual National Independent Bookstore Day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram, and The American Booksellers Association. In just five years, Independent Bookstore Day has become a book-buying holiday on a national level.
The 2019 IBD author ambassador Tayari Jones (An American Marriage) says, “Indie stores stock books by hand and sell them the same way. They know what we want and need to read because they know us, as people. A writer is not a machine. A reader is not an app. We are human beings and so are the independent bookstore workers who show up each day and place books in our hands.”
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. www.indiebookstoreday.com
Celebrate your local indies on Independent Bookstore Day (April 27th) by participating in the Connecticut Passport! Visit all 17 participating bookstores over the weekend to win a Passport Prize, a 20% coupon from each store (some exclusions apply), and be entered into a Grand Prize raffle. Five (5) people will be drawn at random to win a Grand Prize of a $50 gift card from EACH store!
This event takes place over IBD weekend (Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday, April 28th) during each bookstore’s business hours.
Participants can pick up a passport at any of the 17 bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day.
Participants must visit ALL bookstores to qualify for the passport prize and gain entry to win a Grand Prize.
No purchase is required to participate.
Each participating bookstore will issue an original stamp/sticker in the passport during your visit.
Upon completion of the passport, a bookseller at the final stop will review the stamps and confirm your eligibility to win. You will be asked to fill out a form with your contact information, which will be used to mail Passport Prizes and for entry into the Grand Prize.
Participants can finish their passport at ANY of the stores and are welcome to keep their passports.
Passport Prize: A coupon from each of the 17 participating stores for 20% off a purchase on a future visit (some exclusions apply). Awarded to everyone who completes the passport by visiting ALL 17 participating bookstores
Grand Prize: One $50 gift certificate to each of the 17 participating bookstores (an $850 value), awarded to five, randomly-drawn Passport Prize winners.
Download/Print your passport here: CTIndieBookstoreDayPassport_2019.pdf