Join us for a celebration of Independent Bookstores!
We'll have lemonade and donuts, children's story time with Bearsong (at 10:30 am), special Independent Bookstore Day merchandise for sale, a sidewalk chalk art contest, and giveaways galore!
10:30 am: Storytime with Bearsong
11 - 12: Book-themed sidewalk art contest
- Blind date with a galley (with purchase): Our discerning booksellers have wrapped up a ton of advance reader copies of books, and marked them with keyword hints. Take a chance and grab a galley to make a match!
- Raffle to win a ticket to an upcoming author event and signed books
600 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Below is some of the special merchandise that will be available starting April 28:
Fight the Power Utility Pouch, $14
This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features a quote from Colson Whitehead's inspirational National Book Award speech and design elements from The Underground Railroad. "Be Kind to everybody. Make Art. Fight the power."
The Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil, $35
Every year Independent Bookstore Day creates a signature "Bad Citizen" Graffiti Stencil to highlight the authors and the words that push us to think, read, and be disruptive when necessary. This year's stencil features a timely quote from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: "Don't let the bastards grind you down," the ultimate rallying cry for our time.
Ungrateful Mammals Signed Special Edition, $40
Before he embarked on his writing career, Dave Eggers was classically trained as a draftsman and painter. He then spent many years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer before turning to writing full-time. More recently, in order to raise money for Scholar Match, his college-access nonprofit, he returned to visual art. Each one of these special editions of Ungrateful Mammals has a unique cover hand drawn by Dave Eggers. They are true collector's items with original works of art on each one.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Print, Signed by the Author and Illustrator, $15
A gorgeous, frame-worthy print from the bestselling cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. "How to Make a Mayonnaise" is the clever and useful illustration from Wendy MacNaughton. Signed by both the illustrator and the author.
Literary Tea Towels Featuring Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain, $22
This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes:
“People who love to eat are always the best people.” — Julia Child
“Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park.” — Anthony Bourdain