independentlogo2After the success of the last year’s inaugural California Bookstore Day, independent bookstores across the nation will be participating in the First Annual Independent Bookstore Day on May 2nd, and we are thrilled to be one of them! In the words of Independent Bookstore Day Program Director Samantha Schoech,

“The entire purpose of Bookstore Day is to celebrate our collective success and thank our customers and the community of readers.”

The amazing truth of the matter is independent booksellers do have a reason to celebrate. Compared to last year, there are more indie book stores open around the country, and there were more last year than the year before that!

Independent bookstores are more relevant than ever. We’re proud to serve as a community center, providing opportunities for young people, including our numerous storytimes, literary summer camps and the Teen Press Corps. We are also honored to host the enthusiastic and engaged audiences who show up to our events with open minds and excellent questions. Nothing we do would be possible without the support of book lovers like you who shop with us and attend our events – thank you!

So how exactly will Book People be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day? On May 2nd – and May 2nd only – we will have special edition copies of some amazing books–both for children and adults–as well as one-of-a-kind art pieces and merchandise. Here’s a preview of what’s in store.


Urgent, Unheard Stories by Roxane Gay – Signed

$10.00 A mini-collection of essays on books, reading, and the world of contemporary literature by Roxane Gay available as a limited edition, signed chapbook.

Building: Stories by Chris Ware – Signed & Numbered print

$75.00 Created by Chris Ware especially for Independent Bookstore Day: a wordless print about reading, parenting, and education consisting of images from his award-winning Building: Stories. A limited edition of 500 signed, numbered giclée prints on Hahnemühle German Etching 310 gsm 100% acid-free fine art paper, shrink wrapped on acid-free foam core.

Hyperbole & a Half broadside – Signed by Allie Brosh

$15.00 Bring a little Allie Brosh home with this signed four-color print from her remarkable debut, Hyperbole and a Half. A perfect collectible for Allie Brosh’s legions of fans, this high quality print is suitable for framing.

Guess How Much I Love to Read “Bunsie”

$18.99 Made of 100% soft European quality cotton. This onesie has snaps at the bottom making it easy to change and dress little ones. Each onesie comes with a specially designed hang-tag reading “Made exclusively in support of indie bookstores for Independent Bookstore Day 2015” with IBD logo. Start ‘em early!

Original Captain Underpants print – Signed by Dave Pilkey

$10.00 Author/illustrator Dav Pilkey has created an original image of his world-wide bestselling character, Captain Underpants especially for IBD. Printed on linen stock and signed by the author.

Funny Ha Ha: Jokes & Riddles from Our Best-Loved Illustrators

$15.00 A full-color page-turner for the 6-11 crowd. Like last year’s I Smell Carrots: A Joke Book for Kids, this year’s version is made up of original art from some our best-loved and most recognizable children’s illustrators. The jokes are a mix of old groaners, originals and a few shaggy dogs. Designed by Christy Hale.

Days Like This: Good Writers on Bad Luck, Bum Deals and Other Torments

$16.00 A collection of personal essays (and a few short stories) by many of our favorite writers who were given the prompt, “My ________ From Hell” and set loose. The results—which cover everything from online dating to the death of a childhood classmate—are often laugh-out-loud, frequently heart-rending and sometimes downright jaw-dropping. With cover art by Rich Black.

These items will be available in-store ONLY. They will not be available online or over the phone. You must come down to the store to purchase them. Items cannot be put on hold. Items will not be available before or after May 2nd.

We hope you’ll stop by and celebrate with us on May 2nd! THANK YOU for supporting your local, independent bookstore!

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