Celebrating Indie Bookstore Day

Calling all book lovers: Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 30!

This annual national holiday celebrates independent bookstores and the awesome folks who support them. We'll be in the shop all day, ready to talk books with you, share recommendations, and — yes — hand flail over stories we love.

We'll also have a few exclusive Indie Bookstore Day items on hand, including Blackwing x IBD pencils, "I Read Dangerously" pins, a #BookOfNight by Holly Black metal bookmark, Grishaverse and IBD totes, mugs, stickers, and more. Some items are free, others can be purchased — but only on this special bookish holiday.

When you stop in, be sure to drop your name in the hat for a chance to win a giant plush Gaston, the darling bulldog from beloved picture book Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

In the afternoon, we'll be serving a surprise cocktail to sip as you browse. Speaking of spirits, we decided to put a twist on Indie Bookstore Day "Spirit Week" and recommend a few books we love, alongside a drink that fits the theme of the book! Check out those selections and drink pairings below.

If you're interested in learning more about the impact of shopping locally and discovering alternatives to Amazon, our friends at Libro.fm (a fantastic audiobook company) have compiled a great blog post full of recommendations.

In our minds, Indie Bookstore Day is about celebrating community. We're so grateful for our Houston reading community, and our friends further-flung. We'd love to see you on this bookish holiday to celebrate good books, good conversation, and good neighbors.

Check out this map of local Houston bookstores to visit — and let us know in the comments if you have another favorite you'd add!