April 27, 2016

#SEAbookstoreday: A Team Sport!

Here's a thought: Wouldn't it be fun to spend a day meandering in bookstores? Not just one, but multiple?  Savor the differences -- an amazing cookbook section here, a riotously fun children's nook there! Talk to a wide variety of booksellers, each with his/her/their own spin on what you could be reading! Observe people falling in love with a new --or old -- title?

Fortunately in the greater Kitsap/Seattle area, you can do just that!  We have a remarkably vibrant and lively bookstore scene -- one of the healthiest in the nation.

And this Saturday, April 30,  you have a unique opportunity to visit more than 15 bookstores, and find prizes, discounts, and fun events at each! It's Independent Bookstore Day, Seattle-style: #SEAbookstoreday.

Last year teams showed up early for a running start!

Our advice? Get a team together. Plan to take the whole day. Start early. We will open our doors at 8:30am to anyone who is hoping to get to all the bookstores on the passport that we will have ready. A lot of Seattle folks take an early ferry to get over here, and tick both EHBC and Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo before heading to the Kingston ferry to Edmonds to pick up the trail of Seattle-side stores.

The parents of author Bruce Barcott won our first Literary Cupcake Walk!

If you make it to just three or more stores, turn in your passport at your last stop, and you'll be entered in a drawing for lots of fun prizes, including signed first edition books and gift cards. Visit all 17 of the participating stores (some have multiple locations), and you'll earn 25% off your book purchases at all 21 store locations for a year!!!

And even if you just stop into your own local indie, there will be fun, games, prizes, and exclusive #SEAbookstoreday merchandise available only while supplies last. Two of our favorites this year include a comic book done by Seattle artists, and a beautiful metal bookmark of the area, also by a local artist. We also have some of the Neil Gaiman coloring books,  signed copies of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale,  and  much more!

Family fun! Visit bookstores with your kids!

Our regular customers enjoyed the treats, too!

We think you'll love the diversity of bookstores in our area, and the distinct flavor each brings to the scene. Bookstores are NOT a dying breed, and Independent Bookstore Day is a day to celebrate the community that we have all built together with you! We love having the opportunity to thank all the wonderful customers who come through our doors each year.

Want to learn more about IDB/#SEAbookstoreday? Just click here!