"I cannot live without books." -- Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 18, 2016

By Christina K. Holmes 

The votes are in. No, I’m not talking about what author would win the presidency (It’s Kurt Vonnegut by the way).

I’m talking about the vote that really counts: the one you make every day as a consciousness, grassroots-loving, local business supporting, citizen of the world. Your decision to shop local and independent. Cast your theoretical vote towards independent bookstores in this great U.S. of A by coming out for Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 30th.

What is this you ask? It’s a day when hundreds of bookstores participate in exclusive events and sell one of a kind books and artwork to show our appreciation for our book-loving  patrons. It’s also a chance for you to support us: a community of bibliophiles recommending our little hearts out everyday. In case that doesn’t convince you, here’s a listicle.  


Top 5 reasons to come out to Independent Bookstore Day:

  1. Support your local bookstore! Take the opportunity to stroll through Book Soup for new books, stationery, or maybe just to check in on your favorite booksellers.
  2. The events are awesome. Curious George will be at Book Soup reading - bring your kids and extra bananas!  Author Jim Colucci will also be here discussing his book Golden Girls Forever. Then to finish off the evening, a live DJ set and happy hour. See the schedule here.
  3. The official Independent Bookstore Day merch will be out of this world, including a rumored Neil Gaiman coloring book (The rumors are true).
  4. Make a day of it and do a bookstore crawl. Like a pub crawl but better for your health. It’s a perfect excuse to go to neighborhoods you haven’t been in a while and check out the scene.
  5. Books, books, books and more books! Need I say more?