Independent Bookstore Day

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.

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.

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Members* - mark your calendar, enjoy a special 9am open hour JUST FOR YOU! Membership must be valid, and purchased prior to April 23rd to be eligible.  

Schedule of events: 

9am - Special shopping hour for LPB Members

10am - Doors open

              Raffle prizes including a week of SUMMER CAMP! A Harry Potter Scavenger hunt, coloring activities, all-day!

11am - The Man with the Yellow Hat Story & Photo Time 11am & 11:30am    A Storybook Party, sponsored by Ai Orthodontics 

12pm - Sweet Story Time - includes a special sweet treat (food allergy friendly), sponsored by Ai Orthodontics

1pm - 3pm   Face Painting by Shadow Drawing 

2pm - Maisy Story Time - includes a chance to win a plush Maisy doll! 

3pm - Dr. Seuss Story Time - includes a take home activity! 

Show your lunch receipt, on or by 3pm, from any restaurant in EMMAUS, and receive a $5.00 coupon to return to the shop! Show your coffee receipt, receive a $1.00 coupon. 

4pm - Happy Hour! Enjoy a refreshment, peruse our adult titles, talk to your neighbors, and help us choose our raffle winners! Plus, enjoy a $1 token to Triple Sun Spirits!  Have kids? Bring them! Ju-Ju Monkey will be here to host a fun Storybook STEAM program (maximum 10 children - please register). 


Independent Bookstore Day 2018 Exclusives

Independent Bookstore day is Saturday April 28th.

Here are the IBD exclusives that will be available at Let’s Play Books Bookstore while supplies last.


Fight the Power Utility Pouch ($14)

This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features a quote from Colson Whitehead’s inspirational National Book Award speech and design elements from the cover of Underground Railroad. “BE KIND TO EVERYBODY. MAKE ART. FIGHT THE POWER.”

About the author: Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including his debut work, the 1999 novel The Intuitionist, and The Underground Railroad, for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Helives in New York City.


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Print ($15)

A gorgeous, frame-worthy print from the bestselling cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid Heat. “How to Make a Mayonnaise” is the clever and useful illustration from Wendy MacNaughton. Signed by BOTH the illustrator and the author.

About the author: Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, and chef. Called “a go-to resource for matching the correct techniques with the best ingredients” by The New York Times, and “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered, she’s been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant. She lives, cooks, surfs, and gardens in Berkeley, California. About the illustrator: Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her books include Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation,and GPS Technology; Pen and Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them; Knives & Ink: Chefs and The Stories Behind Their Tattoos; Leave Me Alone with the Recipes, and others. Wendy is the back-page columnist for California Sunday Magazine, and co-founder of Women Who Draw. She lives in San Francisco.


Redlands, Vol. I ($9.99)

A feminist comic by female creators! A mysterious and bloodthirsty matriarchal force runs the town of Redlands, Florida, and in order to stay on top, sacrifices must be made. Inspired by the strange complexities of real-world politics and crime, the characters of Redlands play victim and villain, attempting to understand themselves and others through murder, magic, and mayhem.

This special edition will have an exclusive cover and be signed by BOTH creators!

About the creator: Jordie Bellaire is a two-time Eisner winning colorist for acclaimed projects such as Vision, They’re Not Like Us, Pretty Deadly, Injection, Autumnlands, as well as mainstream hits like Batman, Deadpool, Moon Knight, and Hawkeye. She is writer and co-creator with artist Vanesa R. Del Rey on the ongoing Image Comics series Redlands. She lives in Ireland with her famous cat, Buffy.

About the artist: Cuban artist Vanesa R. Del Rey began her career doing concept art for animation. Her work in comics has been described as dark, gritty and mysterious with great dominance of figurative work. She has illustrated Scarlet Witch, Spider-Women Alpha, and Daredevil Annual (2016) for Marvel Comics. Redlands, co-created with Jordie Bellaire is her first creator-owned series with Image Comics. She currently lives and works by the beach in Miami, FL.


Ungrateful Mammals Signed Special Edition ($40)

Each one of these special editions of Ungrateful Mammals has a unique cover hand drawn by Dave Eggers. They are true collector’s items with original works of art on each one. Books will arrive individually shrink-wrapped. Quantities are extremely limited.

About the author: Before he embarked on his writing career, Dave Eggers was classically trained as a draftsman and painter. He then spent many years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer before turning to writing full-time. More recently, in order to raise money for Scholar Match, his college-access nonprofit, he returned to visual art. Eggers’s work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family. His novels include The Circle, A Hologram for the King, and Heroes of the Frontier.


The Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil ($35)

Every year we create our signature “Bad Citizen” Graffiti Stencil to highlight the authors and the words that push us to think, read, and be disruptive when necessary. This year’s stencil features a timely quote from Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale: DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN, the ultimate rallying cry for our time.

About the author: Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

A Literary Map of the Universe ($42.00) 

The 25 titles featured on this beautiful literary map of the UNIVERSE are an unpredictable mix of modern classics and more obscure science ction titles recommended by booksellers. Cre- ated by 3Fish Studios, creators of Bookstore Day’s A Literary Map of California and A Literary Map of the Seas. ($42)

The Book Club Journal ($16.99)

Finally, a way for book clubs (or solo readers) to keep track of their reading lives! This beautifully designed journal has pages and prompts for writing your thoughts and opinions about the books you’ve read, keeping track of book club meetings, and more than 45 original, themed recommended reading lists from authors and booksellers around the country. 

Literary Tea Towels ($22)

This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes:





Dragons Love Books! Onesie ($22)

A super-soft onesie for bookish babies based on Adam Rubin’s bestselling Dragons Love Tacos books illustrated by the wonderful Daniel Salmieri.

About the illustrator: Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including Secret Pizza Party and the New York Times bestseller Dragons Love Tacos. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.




($15 each)


Feminism: A Very Short Introduction – free with special purchase!  A specially stickered, free edition of a classic in the A Very Short Introduction series. Feminism provides a short, concise introduction to the issues of feminism; combines sound historical background with thought-provoking questions about the future of feminism; and tackles feminism not just in the West, but worldwide.


Harry Potter Giveaway

In addition, there will be an exclusive Harry Potter item that we will give away to everyone who purchases an IBD exclusive item and completes a special Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt - while supplies last, of course.


Event date: 

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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