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 authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.
Every good Scissorhead is a reader, this is a well-known, true fact. And therefore, Saturday is a big day for all of us as we celebrate Indie bookstores. I will be going to several of my favorite Seattle bookstores (the surprise is that even as the home of
the Death Star Amazon, Seattle has a YUGE number of indie book stores; Amazon has one brick and mortar bookstore at the mall, but I’ve never seen anyone in it…). There are a few bookstores in every neighborhood I’ve visited since moving here. This place is a reader’s paradise.
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.
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
If you have some time to spare on Saturday, go to an indie bookstore, many are planning a full event of activities, author reading, and some even have give-aways. If you have a few Ameros to spare, buy a book and support your local economy.