Perhaps you’ve heard of Record Store Day, a day in April set aside to call attention to indie record shops around the country, featuring special record releases and live music events. Several of our local record stores have participated in the annual event that grows bigger each year.
Borrowing from that idea, in 2014 California hosted their first Independent Bookstore Day, a statewide party celebrating more than 90 indie book shops. That first event was so successful that it expands to a nationwide party this Saturday, May 2, 2015. More than 400 indie bookstores across the country will join in this year, including four of our local shops. The special day will include exclusive books and art pieces available only in store (not online) and only on Independent Bookstore Day.
Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh will celebrate with refreshments, activities for the kids and special giveaways each hour of the day-long event. They’ll also have special prize drawings and you must be present to win. Bookstore Day falls right in the middle of Quail Ridge Books’ Spring Reader’s Club Sale so club members can find extra savings on select items during the May 2nd event.
On Durham’s Ninth Street, The Regulator Bookshop will host several special events for the special day too. Look for children’s story time, an open mic allowing anyone to read a favorite poem or passage from a book, readings from banned books by local authors, and a Literary Soiree later in the evening featuring live music from Blue Star Travelers. Shop goers can also enter drawings for prizes from The Regulator and from their Ninth Street neighbor, Vaguely Reminiscent.
Chapel Hill-based Flyleaf Books also plans to participate in the nationwide event with special events and merchandise just for the day. A special children’s story time and craft session will begin at 11:00 am, while later in the day Jeremy Hawkins, debut author of The Last Days of Video, leads a prompt-writing workshop and craft talk for writers of all experience levels. I know I’ll be fervently perusing the cookbook sale table (a tweet I received from Flyleaf advising of 20% off is just too good to pass up).
Finally, in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village, McIntyre’s Books throws its version of a literary party beginning with a storytime and craft event for the kids (call the shop at 919.542.3030 to reserve space for this event). At 2 pm local author Allan Gurganus will read from and sign copies of Decoy: A Novella. Then later in the afternoon Margaret Bradham Thornton will sign copies of Charleston: A Novel. To close out the day, McIntyre’s will pop some corks and serve prosecco while Mr. Billy plays live blues. Sounds like a wonderful way to wrap up a day of shopping at and celebrating our independent bookshops.