400 bookstores. 16 exclusive books and art pieces. One day only. Join the party!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to all manner of creative fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Program subject to change. We reserve the right to add amazing surprises.


11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Noyo Printworks Printing Press demo

The Color Mill: Build Your Own Journal

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Judy Detrick: Calligraphy demo

Jacquelyn Cisper: handpainted cards

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Streetcolor Art: Political Pom Poms

Jennifer Clark: Poetry on Demand

5:00 pm

Lily Christensen: Bongo Serenade

6:30 pm

Susanna Janssen on “Wordstruck”




Free donuts & coffee if you're in line before 9:30 am! No holds or pre-orders, limit 2 of each per person!

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, special cover

Jenny Lawson print (signed)

Author's Best Friend canvas pouch

Literary Condoms (really!)

Bad Citizen Stencil

Literary Tea Towels

Elephant & Piggie “Read” Onesie

“Child of Books” fine art print

Michael Chabon short story (signed)

A Literary Cocktail Party recipe book

“Welcome to Night Vale” on vinyl

Literary Map of the U.S.

See the limited edition items here:



or at least as long as supplies last!

Bookstore Scavenger Hunt

Blind Date with a Book

“Bad Citizen” DIY Poster Stenciling

6-Foot Catsby photo booth

Hot dogs free with school donation

All-day bake benefit sale


… and more! (seriously, there's more)

Event date: 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30am to 9:00pm

Event address: 

Wordstruck!: The Fun and Fascination of Language Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998304809
Availability: Special order - we'll let you know how long!
Published: Lexicon Alley Press - December 5th, 2016

Welcome to Susanna Janssen's wondrous world of words. In Wordstruck you'll find a wealth of entertaining reflections on language full of humor, imagination, and insight.