Independent Bookstore Day 2016

400 bookstores
12 exclusive books and art pieces
One day only

Join the party!

The Vermont Book Shop, along with all the independent bookstores in Vermont and across the country are excited to present Independent Bookstore Day, a day for celebrating what makes indie bookstores special! We'll be selling exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise! We'll have a Duck & Goose storytime at 10:30am! We'll have a free Color-In coloring event from 1-2pm with Vermont coloring book author, R. A. Diane! We'll be raffling off prizes all day! Some literary, some not, some just funny. We will also be launching our Vermont Bookstores Passport program! Customers can pick up their passports and get their first stamp! There will be other goodies and surprises! Throughout the day, the Vermont Book Shop will be among the independent bookstores trying to forge the world's longest temporary tattoo chain, the Indie Bookstore Day Tattoo Chain!

Late addition! Phoebe Stone will be here at 2pm to sign copies of her brand-new book, Paris for Two!

Exclusive Merchandise

The following merchandise will be available in-store, in-person only, beginning at 9:30 am on April 30. Quanitities are limited.
We'll join 400 participating bookstores nationwide selling 12 exclusive books and art pieces:

For more information on this national event, visit

Raymie Nightingale
A special SIGNED edition of the new novel by two-time Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo. $16.99 [image]

Draw Me!
Aimed at kids ages 6-12, Draw Me includes step-by-step instructions on how to draw characters like Mo Willem’s Pigeon, Curious George, Fly Guy, and many more. $16.99 [image]

Duck & Goose Print
A wonderful pro-reading, pro-friendship print drawn especially for Independent Bookstore Day by Tad Hills, the bestselling creator of the Duck & Goose books. $12.99 [image]

Neil Gaiman Coloring Book
Featuring colorable illustrations by Chris Riddell from Neil Gaiman’s CoralineThe Graveyard Book, and Fortunately, the Milk$14.99

Curious George® Plush Doll
A collectable Curious George® plush doll with a t-shirt that reads READ TO ME on the front and the Independent Bookstore Day logo on the back. Curious George (R) and (C) 2016 HMH Publishing Co. $15.00 [image]

Ann Patchett’s $6 Stories
The first in what is sure to become a favorite Independent Bookstore Day series, $6 Story: The Care & Feeding of an Independent Bookstore by Ann Patchett includes 3 instructive essays and is SIGNED. $6.00

Literary Tea Towels
This set of two 100% cotton flour sack tea towels feature quotes on reading from David Mitchell and Anna Quindlen. $20.00 

Perfect Burger Print
A beautifully illustrated guide to making the perfect burger from Anthony Bourdain designed as a limited SIGNED print. $20.00 [image]

Bookstore Cats Pouch
A handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch designed by Out of Print and featuring portraits of real bookstore cats. $14.00 [image]

Just 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.

“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

Event date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Event address: 
The Vermont Book Shop
38 Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

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