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.


 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Third Place Books
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

University Book Store
10:00am – 7:00pm
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-3400
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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