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).
We've tallied up your votes from the #LATimesFestivalOfBooks Winning with 21.4% of your votes, President Elect Vonnegut. Toni Morrison - 19.2 %, Harper Lee - 14.1%, Haruki Murakami - 12.6%, Garbriel Garcia Marquez - 10.6%, James Baldwin - 7.9%, Charles Bukowski - 7.7%, David Foster Wallace - 6.5%. Thank you to all who voted.
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:
- 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.
- The official Independent Bookstore Day merch will be out of this world, including a rumored Neil Gaiman coloring book (The rumors are true).
- 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.
- Books, books, books and more books! Need I say more?