Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day is not just about the exclusive books and items, it’s about the culture of books, reading, and indie bookselling.

It is a celebration of everything we do! This year, it's even more special, because we are still here!

Lehigh Valley Book Festival Events (virtual & in-person/outside) plus exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise. 

10 am Virtual event: Every Day Is Earth Day 

11 am - 5 pm Shop is OPEN!!!! (in-store browsing)

(limited # of people at a time, masks are required) 

11:30 am - 4 pm - Backyard Events w/author Gina Loveless

11:30 am - Author Tassia Schreiner - SUNNY 

 1:30 pm Author Valerie Deneen - Trucks, Cars & Airplanes 

 3 - 4 pm Cat Visit Time (they will be locked up for the rest of the day)

Listing of exclusive items featuring exclusives from Stephen King, Nigella Lawson, Nikki Giovanni and others!

Indie Next Pick Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
featuring an IBD-exclusive cover with a map stepback and extra bound-in material including a conversation between Kawai and Tommy Orange, a conversation between Kawai and Marlon James, and a reading group guide. All SIGNED by the author. $17

The “Little Victories” canvas pouch cele- brates the small accomplishments that get us through each day. A perfect comment on our time. For pencils, make-up, and do-dads. Made in the U.S.A. $14

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. Hummingbird Salamander 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. $27

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.* $31.99

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 George Orwell. “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” $35

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. $16.99

“In the Tall Grass” begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they’ve lost one another. The boy’s cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver. Please note: “In the Tall Grass” was originally published by Esquire magazine and released as a film on Netflix in 2019. $12.99

An edited transcript of the far-ranging conversation between Nikki Giovanni and Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl) at the fourth annual Well-Read Black Girl Festival in November 2020. In it they cover poetry, Tupac, Black Lives Matter, aliens, pencils, Kamala Harris, and much more. This conversation captures an important moment in time and a piece of literary history. Ms. Giovanni is a joy to behold. $7

This beautifully designed map will chart every bookstore participating in Bookstore Day 2021. Bookish travellers will be able to check off each store as they visit,
keeping track of their journeys through the wonderful world of indie bookstores. $31

Blackwing & Independent Bookstore Day have teamed up to create this limited edition set to celebrate independent bookstores
and the printed word. Each pencil features a design inspired by the spine of a book and includes a book-loving message and Black- wing’s firm graphite. Each box is beautifully designed to match the pencils and includes a pro-indie message. About Blackwing: The Blackwing pencil was the pencil of choice for award-winning authors throughout the 20th century. After it was discontinued in the 1990s, fans began paying $40 per pencil. In 2010 a small group of people bought Blackwing and brought back these extraordinary pencils (you really have to try one) for a growing culture of people looking to unplug and live mindfully. They now have a cultish following. $29.95


Based on the board book The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez, this exclusive ABC print was created by artist Lauren Semmer just for IBD. Celebrate the story of Black history letter by letter. Workman will donate 10% of the proceeds to an organization supporting racial justice initiatives. $10

Baby Yoda Onsie. A Mandalorian twist on the American Library Association “READ” posters. $22 





Event date: 

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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