Independent Bookstore Day is a celebration of books, readers, and indie bookselling.
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year.
Connecticut bookstores will celebrate all day on Saturday, April 28th (and into Sunday!). Pick up a copy of the Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport at any participating store and get moving! Visit 15 of the 20 participating stores across the state on April 28th and April 29th and get your passport stamped at each location. If you complete the passport (15 stamps), you will receive a $25.00 gift card from EACH participating location- all 20 stores – for a total value of $500. WOW! Join the party and show Connecticut indie bookstores some LOVE!
Passports are valid on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th. Store hours vary by location, please contact the store directly and/or check their websites.
You may pick up a passport at any of the participating locations beginning Monday, April 23rd Stamping will not begin until Saturday, April 28th. Additionally, you can download the passport from https://www.rjjulia.com/event/independent-bookstore-day-1
You must visit 15 stores to win.
You may start and end at any participating location. Once you have accumulated 15 stamps, please provide the final bookstore with your name, phone number, and email address Winners will be notified on Monday, April 30th for details of how they will receive the prize ($500 worth of gift cards!)
No purchase necessary to receive a stamp in your passport – but we know that after browsing each location’s unique selection and merchandise, you’ll be well stocked with reading materials for the foreseeable future!