Your Event Guide: Independent Bookstore Day 2021

Looking for something fun to do on April 24th, aka Independent Bookstore Day? Lucky for you, there are literary events aplenty leading up to the big day.

Don’t miss out on Libro.fm’s own #IndieBookstoreDay celebration, either: When you send $15 USD (or the equivalent in your local currency) at your local bookstore between April 24th and 26th, you can get a free select audiobook from us.

p.s. Are you a bookstore-owner or bookseller with an event you’d like to promote? Fill out our form to be included!

Check out the events (in order of occurrence) below:


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Thursday, April 22 at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT

IBD Author Ambassador Glennon Doyle in conversation with Alexandra Elle


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Friday, April 23 at 7pm ET/4pm PT

Solving Mysteries & Fighting Injustice

With YA Authors Angeline Boulley, Sara Faring, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Kim Johnson


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Saturday, April 24 at 1pm ET/10am PT

Drawing with Estelí Meza, illustrator of Peace


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Saturday, April 24 at 3pm ET/12pm PT

Beyond Fabio: The Modern Romance

With Talia Hibbert, Thien-Kim Lam, Georgia Clark, and Paul Rudnick


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Saturday, April 24th

The Book Nook: Buy 1 Get 1 Used Book Sale

-Exclusive IBD merchandise for sale!
-Prize Wheel at checkout!
-Buy 1 Get 1 free used books


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Saturday, April 24th

The Book House: Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

-Hours will be from noon to 8 p.m.
-Exclusive merchandise, giveaways, promotions, and T-shirts will be available.
-The final winner will be announced from supporting #bookstoreshoutout and #indiebookstore day.
-Limited customers for in-store browsing
-Curbside pickup will be available at the back entrance.
-Mail ordering will be available through email or phone.
-COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

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Saturday, April 24th

The Bookworm: Celebrate IBD

• Homemade treats by booksellers.
• Private book talks for you and up to four guests.
• Multiple gift card drawing entry opportunities.
• Snap a pic of your IBD visit in our photo booth.
• Flash Sales throughout the day.
• Online only: 20% off one item from our Monthly Anticipated Releases List. Free priority mail shipping on online orders over $75.00.

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Saturday, April 24th

Broadway Books: Independent Bookstore Day

We will have an online book chat at 9am PST (that will be streamed to our YouTube page). We are offering 15% off on items in the store for in-store or online purchases (use the code LoveIndieBookstore online); this discount excludes IBD exclusives and gift certificates. We will be posting book recommendations, musical interludes, and poetry interludes throughout the day.

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Saturday, April 24th

Content Bookstore: Indie Bookstore Day

All day Saturday, you can get:
– An Independent Bookstore Day Tote free when you spend $100 or more (or you can buy a tote for $15)
– With every purchase, you can enter to win the coveted Tote of Contentment, a classy canvas bag of bookish riches that we promise will amaze and delight the lucky winner
– Participate in Shelf Talker Writing Contest & Content staff will select 5 Honorary Booksellers

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Saturday, April 24th

Downtown Books: Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

Downtown Books will be celebrating with special IBD merchandise—Baby Yoda onesies, exclusive signed editions and literary gift items you won’t find anywhere else on any other day! They will also be giving away free Dog Man and Pete the Cat masks to the first forty kids, have lots of free merch for adults plus gifts with purchase like tote bags and free Libro.fm audiobooks with a $15 in-store purchase!

There’s also a Story Walk for young readers that lets them follow the pages of a best-selling picture book as they enjoy a stroll around town, the roll-out of our expanded Blind Date Book program and a used book sale- buy two get one free!

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Saturday, April 24th

Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe: Storewide Sale

– 10% off all Paperbacks / 20% off all Hardbacks / 30% off all Used Books
– Saturday, 4/24, 10:30-5

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Saturday, April 24th

Dungeon’s Gate: Independent Bookstore Day + Friendly Local Game Store Day!

One Day. Hundreds Of Bookstores & Game Stores. Join Dungeon’s Gate in CeLeBrAtIoN of BOTH Independent Bookstore Day AND Friendly Local Game Store Day: Saturday, April 24 from 12-6! | Fun Door Prizes | 25% Off All Hardcover Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books & Graphic Novels For All Ages | Enter to Win Our Book, Game, & Gift Card Giveaways | Spend $15 and get a free audiobook from Libro.fm

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Saturday, April 24th

Gibson’s Bookstore: Sidewalk Signing with Erin Bowman

Saturday, April 24th, 2021, 1-2:30pm, drop-in

It’s our first in-person author signing in over a year, and Independent Bookstore Day seems just the day to get back in the saddle! We’ll be out on the sidewalk for safety and to prevent crowding indoors. Masks still required, and please keep polite distance from fellow book-lovers.

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Saturday, April 24th

Fables Book: Independent Bookstore Day

Join us as we celebrate our love for books, indie bookstores, and you, our customers. We’ll have exclusive books and merch you can only find at participating independent bookstores. Plus giveaways, prizes, and gifts with purchase.

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Saturday, April 24th

Gibson’s Bookstore: Virtual Author Cocktail Hour

Saturday, April 24th, 2021, 5pm EST. Online only, in Zoom. Free registration!
We welcome sci-fi/fantasy authors Kat Howard, Cat Valente, Kelly Braffet, and Freya Marske for a literary cocktail hour as we talk about books, about why indie bookstores are awesome, chat about what they’ve been up to during quarantine, and dish about virtual tours and upcoming projects during this casual event.

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Saturday, April 24th

Hygge House Books: Cold Harbor Brewing Pop-up Shop

Hygge House Books will be celebrating our very first independent bookstore day at Cold Harbor Brewing, located at 108 Milk St in Westborough, MA. Expect a curated selection of new and used books for all ages, as well as specials and giveaways. We’ll be there from 1-5 pm: join us for good beer, good books, and a guaranteed good time. All net profits from Hygge House Books buy books for kids, schools, and children’s programs in need.

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Saturday, April 24th

Interabang Books: Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

Come celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2021 at Interabang Books on April 24th from 10 am to 4 pm! Interabang Books will have collectible limited editions and exclusive merchandise, as well as treats and sips from J.Rae’s, La La Land Kind Cafe, and Pogos Wine. There will also be giveaways, prizes, and gifts with purchases made all day. This is the seventh year for the annual event that was created to celebrate independent bookstores all over the nation.

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Saturday, April 24th

Left Bank Books: Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

-Outside Dance Party Storytime with Cliff at 10:30 a.m.
-Outside Young Adult Open Mic at 1 p.m.
-Facebook Live at 7 p.m. to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day/National Poetry Month
-Free shipping on online orders $75 and more
-A free tote bag for those who spend $50 in store
-Donate $5 to the Left Bank Books Foundation for a free “blind date with a book.”
-Independent Bookstore Day merchandise available during in-store shopping, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Afterward, all merch will be online for purchase.
-All day, customers can enter to win a $15 gift certificate

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Saturday, April 24th

The Novel Neighbor: Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

-Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
-Exclusive/limited-edition merchandise available
-Pop-up vendors/artists downstairs
-Special giveaway with purchase
-Children’s bookmark drawing contest
-Fun photo area for social media focusing on #resistamazon
-Special giveaways/drawings through audiobook provider, Libro.fm
-Drawings for gift cards and more

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Saturday, April 24th

Second Star to the Right: Front Range IBD Passport Challenge

Shop at Second Star to enter the Front Range IBD Passport for a chance to win from us and 12 other local bookstores in a grand prize giveaway!

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Subterranean Books: Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations

We are still in pandemic mode so planning an Indie Bookstore Day celebration is, er, still tricky. This year we decided to stick with the basics and keep it simple.

Spend $50 (before taxes) online or in-store on April 24 and be entered to win a Subterranean Books tee shirt! Tune in for any and all of the fantastic virtual events connected to Independent Bookstore Day. Just click through on the images below to sign up for these spectacular virtual events. All free!

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Saturday, April 24th

Swamp Fox Bookstore: Official Grand Opening

Swamp Fox Bookstore (which expanded recently!) will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with our official grand opening event. Prima the Alpaca will make an appearance, and there will be giveaways for free books!

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Don’t see your event included?

If you are a bookstore-owner or bookseller with an event you’d like to promote, fill out this form!

Jenna Homen works on all things related to social media and the Libro.fm community. When not reading and listening to books, she is probably painting or hiking.

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