Independent Bookstore Day

A one-day national party celebrating the magic of independent bookstores and the readers that support them.


2019 Schedule of Events

Books, Books, and More Books

Day-long Events & Specials

20% Off All "Blind Date" Books

Buy 5 Books, Get a Free Mystery Book [Dealer's Choice]

Facebook & Instagram Trivia Prizes


Backyard Scavenger Hunt [for Kids]

Book Nerd Olympics

Try your hand at Scrabble, Bananagrams, and more


Stripped Book Arts

Coloring Station

Black Out Poetry

Shelf Talker Station

See a book you love and want to tell the world? Write a 2-3 sentence review and we'll feature it in the store with your pick!



Highlight Events


11 am         Flash Fiction Workshop [RSVP]

Learn the art of Flash Fiction--complete stories in less than 1,000 words--with local author Amy Hudock. Free entry with Facebook RSVP.


12 pm        Lowcountry Folklore & Folktales

                  with  Julian Gooding


1:30 pm    Tumbling Tales

Story Time & Tumbling with Grassroots Gymnastics


3 pm        Mini Lectures

Local scholars and experts will give quick lectures on literature and pop culture.


Dr. Licia Hendriks - “Poetic Justice: The Nexus of Art and Activism”


Dr. Thomas Horan - Desire & Empathy in  Dystopian Fiction


4 pm         Love Local Scavenger Hunt [RSVP]

Strict start time! Meet at the Bookstop for the first clue; be the first team to find all the clues hidden at local Park Circle businesses and win a gift bag featuring local favorites from  the neighborhood!



6 pm      Fourth Annual Story Slam

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Participate: #BookstoreDay #ProgressiveStory

Leading up to #BookstoreDay we want to write a story with you! This is a progressive, community-penned story: on March 25 we will kick it off with the opening line. Comment with what you think the next line should be for the chance to add to the story! The next day we will post the winning line, and users will comment to submit the next sentence—and on and on it will go until we read our full progressive story live on Independent Bookstore Day on April 27!


Follow along every day and submit your pick for the story's next line in the comments!




Independent Bookstore Day

Limited Edition Items!

We've stocked up on extra-special items that can only be found in Independent Bookstores. First come, first served!


"Fight Evil, Read Books" enamel pin $12

The message for our era, brought to you by a special partnership between Pantheon and Out of Print. Show your reader pride and fight evil with this IBD-exclusive.

Margaret Atwood / James Baldwin / Toni Morrison / Neil Gammon pin - $5 each or $17 for all four.

Show off your favorite authors with these laser-cut wooden pins. An IBD-exclusive from Letter Craft that will never be available again.

Prciing is for one (1) pin.

We Should All be Feminists pouch - $14

This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, makeup, cash, and other sundries) features a quote from Adichie's feminist manifesto We Should All Be Feminists.


"Overheard on the Titanic" Print (Free item): A black out poem from Keep Going  - *free*

This clever blackout poem comes from Austin Kleon's newest book Keep Going.

Man-Eaters Vol. 1 (signed by all 3 creators) - $12.99

Adolescent girls can be real monsters. Maude is twelve-which is just about that age when some girls turn into flesh-eating wildcats. As her detective dad investigates a series of strange mauling attacks, Maude begins to worry that she might be the killer. It's part Cat People, part The Handmaid's Tale, MAN-EATERS will have everyone talking.

From the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking Eisner-nominated series Mockingbird, this trade paperback collects the first story arc (#s 1-4) of the unconventional coming-of-age tale-including the informative survival handbook, "CAT FIGHT! A BOYS' GUIDE TO DANGEROUS CATS" and all-new never-before-published extras!

Adjustment Day (signed w/ an exclusive  cover)

The author of Fight Club takes America beyond our darkest dreams in this timely satire.

People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They've been reading a mysterious book and memorizing its directives. They are ready for the reckoning.

Adjustment Day, the author's first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future.

What to Eat with What You Read: A Guide for Book Clubs and Other Literary Gatherings - $16.99

A companion to last year's IBD bestseller The Book Club Journal, comes this funny, helpful guide with reading lists, recipes and menu suggestions from 25 of our favorite authors including Mary Roach, Min Jin Lee, Roxane Gay, Amy Stewart, Robin Sloane, and others.

Women Talking (signed with an exclusive  cover)  - $24

On the Come Up Journal: Find Your Voice. Make Some Noise. - $9.95

"Write for yourself and nobody else."

-Angie Thomas


In this full-color illustrated journal, get inspired by On the Come Up quotes and start getting your OWN ideas down!


Author Angie Thomas is known for characters who learn the power of their own voices and, in speaking out, change the community and world around them. But whether it's Starr from The Hate U Give, Bri from On the Come Up, or Angie herself-it all starts with the ideas.

A FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD: A transformative and necessary work--as completely unexpected as it is inspired--by the award-winning author of the bestselling novels All My Puny Sorrows and A Complicated Kindness.


The sun rises on a quiet June morning in 2009. August Epp sits alone in the hayloft of a barn, anxiously bent over his notebook. He writes quickly, aware that his solitude will soon be broken. Eight women--ordinary grandmothers, mothers and teenagers; yet to August, each one extraordinary-- will climb the ladder into the loft, and the day's true task will begin. This task will be both simple and subversive: August, like the women, is a traditional Mennonite, and he has been asked to record a secret conversation.


Thus begins Miriam Toews' spellbinding novel. Gradually, as we hear the women's vivid voices console, tease, admonish, regale and debate each other, we piece together the reason for the gathering: they have forty-eight hours to make a life-altering choice on behalf of all the women and children in the colony. And like a vast night sky coming into view behind the bright sparks of their voices, we learn of the devastating events that have led to this moment.


Acerbic, funny, tender, sorrowful and wise, Women Talking is composed of equal parts humane love and deep anger. It is award-winning writer Miriam Toews' most astonishing novel to date, containing within its two short days and hayloft setting an expansive, timeless universe of thinking and feeling about women--and men--in our contemporary world.


Atlas Obscura Literary Locations - *Free*

A book lover's mini-guide from the creators of the bestselling Atlas Obscura. Discover secret libraries, esoteric books, and sites famous literary works and happenings. A must-have for all readers who wander.

Elmo's New Puppy - $4.99

This Bookstore Day exclusive is in partnership with Sesame Street Workshop's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Sesame Street will be promoting the book and Bookstore Day through a series of social media posts. Random House Kids will be providing FREE Sesame Street/Little Golden Book event kits to qualifying bookstores.

Flora of Middle Earth postcard  - *free*

A frame-worthy large postcard from The Flora of Middle Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien's major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying Tolkien's works. Nearly all of the plants are real species, and many of the fictional plants are based on scientifically grounded botanic principles.

The 2019 Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil: Courage is as Contagious as Fear - $35

Every year we create our 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 Susan Sontag: Courage is as contagious as fear. We certainly hope so.

James Flora Character stickers - *free*

A frame-worthy large postcard from The Flora of Middle Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien's major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying Tolkien's works. Nearly all of the plants are real species, and many of the fictional plants are based on scientifically grounded botanic principles.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (signed w/ exclusive sticker pack) - $9.95

We have an exclusive signed edition of the 2017 Newberry Award-winning middle-grade novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon (a huge indie favorite). The regular paperback releases at the same time.

The IBD edition also includes a set of high-quality vinyl stickers.

ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS (Signed  edition with FREE iron-on Ada patch) - $12.99

Gummi bears cake ice cream chocolate cake. Jelly oat cake oat cake. Sweet roll halvah bear claw ice cream oat cake.

Independent Bookstore in North Charleston & Mobile Booksellers Serving Charleston County

4824 Chateau Ave. Mon-Sat 11am - 8 pm | Sun. 11am - 4 pm | 843-225-6569


4824 Chateau Avenue.  Park Circle

 M-Sat: 11 am-8 pm  Sun. 11 am - 4 pm