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Independent Bookstore Day

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


  • Giveaways
  • 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."

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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.


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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. 

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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.

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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