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Your Guide to Seattle Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Tegan Tigani is the children’s and young adult book buyer at Queen Anne Book Company, one of the many area bookstores participating in Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28.


With our early burst of summerlike weather coming to an end, the expected return of clouds and rain could make Saturday (April 28) the perfect day to visit a bookstore — or 19 of them.

It's the fourth Seattle-area installment of Independent Bookstore Day, launched to promote and celebrate the small, local booksellers that dot our communities.

Make it an adventure: Pack up the kids for a day of seeing new neighborhoods, supporting local businesses and loving books and bookstores.

Many stores will have authors on hand, and some will be giving away prizes. There's also a free audiobook promotion.

  • Queen Anne Book Company, for instance, will have a "treasure chest" of prizes for kids, and they're also providing snacks and water. 
  • Third Place Books (Ravenna, Lake Forest Park, Seward Park) promises "Games! Giveaways! Prizes! Surprises! Author visits!"
  • Secret Garden Books in Ballard is also celebrating its 41st anniversary by serving cake and holding storytimes on the 41st minute of each hour.
  • Brick & Mortar Books in Redmond Town Center will feature "haiku on demand" by the city's former poet laureate from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Lots of shops will kick off the day with coffee and pastries, and Island Books in Mercer Island is promising "happy hour beer" and pizza in the afternoon.

Organizers have issued an ambitious challenge, but it comes with a generous reward: Get a passport stamped at all 19 stores, earn a 25 percent discount, at all stores, for a whole year! Last year, 320 hearty souls achieved this.

Here's the quandary: With the fun activities planned at a lot of shops (not to mention the books), the temptation would be to linger. But with stores scattered throughout Seattle, on the Eastside and even across the water (Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo and Bremerton), revelers must be efficient to hit them all. There's also a smaller reward: a one-time, 30 percent coupon (good at any participating store) for people who visit three of them on Saturday.

The official website for the event has all the details, a list of stores and a really cool map showing the locations. It does not, however, offer a strategy for traveling among them. Maybe that's a good challenge for your geography-oriented child.

There's also a Facebook page for the event, and of course it has a social-media hashtag, too: #SEABookstoreDay.

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