Independent Bookstore Day 2021

Happy Independent Bookstore Day, friends!

We're so excited to celebrate with you virtually and in-person (be sure to make your in-store shopping appointment in order to stop by between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM!).

This year, you can purchase special celebratory merch exclusively available at independent bookstores, and enjoy treats and giveaways throughout the day. Plus, snag free audiobooks from when you sign up for an account!

We also have some items especially for you:

  • Baskets of advanced reader copies for teens and adults as a thanks for your support over the past year. Stop by to pick one up while supplies last.
  •  A special virtual cocktail hour with Valerie at 4:00pm central time. Email her to get the Zoom link and find our custome cocktail recipes at the bottom of the page.
  • Not one, but TWO social media contests:
    • We've partnered with our friends at Katy Budget Books for a joint giveaway:
      • Post a selfie or shelfie at both stores, either inside or outside— whatever you're comfortable with.
      • Tag both stores in your post.
      • Use the hashtag #WestHouBookshopHop
      • Follow both stores on whichever platform you're posting on.
      • The giveaway will end on Saturday, April 24 at 5:59pm CT. Two winners will be announced on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at 6:30pm CT. One winner will receive a $25 gift card from Blue Willow, and the other winner will receive a $25 gift card from Katy Budget Books.
    • Blue Willow is running a virtual scavenger hunt. On the platform of your choice, tag us and 
      • Post a photo of your “to be read” stack
      • Post a photo of your favorite place to read
      • Post the title of your autobiography
      • Post what book character you would like to meet.
      • One winner (who completes all 4 tasks) will receive a $25 gift card from Blue Willow. We will announce this winner the week of April 27.

Special virtual events

You're also invited to join Independent Bookstore Day and over 700 local bookstores around the country for a full day of virtual events featuring your favorite authors and illustrators! Visit the Indie Bookstore website, then just click the links on the events to join!

On April 25th, 2021, you can shop the exclusive Indie Bookstore Day merch here:

Event date: 
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am
Event address: 

The new novel from the author of Annihilation, is a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things. HummingbirdSalamander is Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.Exclusive extra content in the form of journal entries of an investigator digging onto the life of the main character.

SKU: 9781949518160

Embodied brings contemporary American poetry to comic book readers and comics to poetry readers in a graphic poetry anthology that showcases the relevance, urgency, and power of both genres. Featuring new work on the theme of gender, identity, and the body from twenty-one of America’s premier, award-winning female, trans, and non-binary poets who have been published in places like The New York Times and the New Yorker. Rather than being merely illustrated, the poems have been adapted into sequential art stories drawn, lettered, and colored by top female, trans, and non-binary artists. This edition includes a study guide and a section on the art process.A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the International Women's Health Coalition.

Cook, Eat, Repeat is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella’s engaging and insightful prose. Whether talking about the evolution and meaning of the recipe in ‘What is a Recipe?’ – ‘a recipe, much like a novel, is a living collaboration between writer and reader. And in both cases, it is the reader who keeps it alive’ – or exploring the heinous notion of the guilty pleasure in ‘Death to the Guilty Pleasure’, Nigella is by turns characteristically informative, intelligent, thought-provoking and amusing.