JOIN US FOR INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY ON MAY 2ND!

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What does Independent Bookstore Day celebrate?

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.

Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.


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 HUGE prizes await the intrepid on May 2nd!  

*Visit three or more participating stores and enter to win a $25 gift card to all 17 stores – a $425 value!

*Take the Independent Bookstore Day Challenge! Visit all participating stores and be crowned Grand Champion: win 25% off at every store for a year!

Log your progress (and share your book haul!) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #SEABookstoreDay.

For the latest information on Independent Bookstore Day activities all around Seattle, check out Seattle Independent Bookstore Day on Facebook and Twitter. For store specific events, be sure to check out each bookstore’s website. 

Participating Stores + Hours on May 2nd

Book Larder
11:00am – 5:00pm
4252 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 397-4271
www.booklarder.com

Eagle Harbor Book Co.
9:00am – 6:00pm
157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-5332
www.eagleharborbooks.com

Edmonds Bookshop
9:00am – 5:00pm
111 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 775-2789
www.edmondsbookshop.com

The Elliott Bay Book Company
10:00am – 11:00pm
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600
www.elliottbaybook.com

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
11:30am – 8:00pm
1201 S Vale St, Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110
www.fantagraphics.com

Island Books
9:30am – 6:00pm
3014 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 232-6920
www.mercerislandbooks.com

Liberty Bay Books
8:00am – 7:00pm
18881 Front Street NE #D, Poulsbo, WA 98370
(360) 779-5909
www.libertybaybooks.com

Mockingbird Books
9:00am – 7:00pm
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 518-5886
www.mockingbirdbooksgl.com

Open Books
11:00am – 6:00pm
2414 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-0811
www.openpoetrybooks.com

Parkplace Books
10:00am – 7:00pm
Kirkland Parkplace, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-6546
www.parkplacebookskirkland.com

Phinney Books
10:00am – 6:00pm
7405 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-2665
www.phinneybooks.com

Queen Anne Books
10:00am – 5:00pm
1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 284-2427
www.qabookco.com

Seattle Mystery Bookshop
10:00am – 5:00pm
117 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 587-5737
www.seattlemystery.com

The Secret Garden Bookshop
10:00am – 7:00pm
2214 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-5006
www.secretgardenbooks.com

Third Place Books
Ravenna:
6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
8:00am – 10:00pm
(206) 525-2347

Lake Forest Park:
Lake Forest Park Town Centre, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
9:00am – 10:00pm
(206) 366-3333
www.thirdplacebooks.com

University Book Store
10:00am – 7:00pm
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-3400
www.ubookstore.com
Please visit individual pages for special event details.

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”

― Ann Patchett, bestselling author and co-owner of Parnassus Books

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