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Your Guide to Independent Bookstore Day in the Bay Area

To celebrate the 3rd annual Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 29, we’ve put together a handy 2017 Indie Bookstore Day guide you can download and use as a reference!

Independent booksellers are some of our most important partners–they buy and promote Two Lines Press books and offer their space for our events with international author and translators. So we’re delighted to spread the word about Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 29. Be sure to stop by one of these events or shop at your favorite local indie bookstore!

Green Apple Books (506 Clement St., San Francisco)
Beginning at 10:30 am, the Silent Book Club will be pouring free mimosas! Introvert-friendly coasters available!

11:00 am: Join local author/musician/donut lover/raconteur Eli Meyskens and local illustrator/former kids’ book section wizard extraordinaire Ashley Despain for a morning of storytime and drawing instruction. Eli will read from his book The Lonely Bridge while Ashley teaches you how to draw one!

11:30 am-1:30 pm: Perennial favorite Silvi the Poet will be on hand typing up and passing out complimentary poems by request. Perfect for gifts (Mother’s Day is on May 14th)!

2:00 pm-4:00 pm: Create-Your-Own Little Golden Book class in our Granny Smith Room!

4:00 pm-6:00 pm: Join Studio Nico for a live screenprinting demonstration in our new Orchard space in the Fiction and Music Annex at 520 Clement! Bring your own t-shirt or canvas tote bag to join the fun.

6:00 pm-7:00 pm: San Francisco Chronicle reporter and author of High Spirits J.K. Dineen will be joining us for an evening of cocktails and conversation.

Green Apple Books on the Park (1231 9th Ave., San Francisco)
All Day
Free Beer! Sponsored by Boulevard Brewing Company.
Raffle on the Hour. We’ll be giving away a variety of cool bookstore swag: tote bags, galleys, gift cards, etc.
Blind Date with a Book! Need we say more?
Roaming Photo Booth.
Books from the Future. How’d they get here? Who cares! They could be yours.
Help us write a Continuous Story on our old Royal typewriter.

11:00 am: Children’s Story Hour

3:00 pm: Bad Book Trivia–test your unashamed bad book knowledge with us for a chance to win some bad book prizes.

7:00 pm: Michael Chabon joins us at to read from his new novel, Moonglow. The classic arcade game Moon Patrol will also be available to play!

Pegasus Books (3 Bay Area locations)
All Day
Limited edition books and art created exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day
Spin the wheel and win a prize with purchase of a book raffle!
Win a gift basket stuffed full of new books, Pegasus swag, and other literary goodies
Gift cards for children who come dressed as their favorite book character
Resistance action stations with free postcards
Crafts for kids
2017 calendars $1 each

Pegasus Books on Solano (1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley)
7:00pm: Magic & Music: Tim Furneaux will perform an interactive set of gambling cons and strange stunts. Followed by roots-music on his trusty guitar in tandem with singer Elizabeth Lowell.

Pegasus Books Downtown Berkeley (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley)
7:30 pm: Award-winning artist and writer Paul Madonna launches his third book On to the Next Dream. Join us for a visual reading and signing with the creator of the All Over Coffee series.

Pegasus Books Oakland (5560 College Ave., Oakland)
7:00 pm: Live music with Victoria Perenyi and friends. Classical violin and cello duets performed while you browse!

Diesel, A Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Oakland)
10:00 am – noon: What’s Independent Bookstore Day at Diesel without our Big Kid / Little Kid Juice Stand? Mimosas for the adults, and OJ for the kiddies. Books for everybody.

1:00-2:00 pm: Kids’ Craft Time with the good folks from children’s magazine Illustoria.

4:00-5:00 pm: Literary Happy Hour. Our featured item this year is the Indie Bookstore Day limited-edition book, A Literary Cocktail Party, containing funny anecdotes and witty stories along with cocktail recipes from some of our favorite writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass’s namesake cocktail, the Julia’s Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub. Pouring their signature cocktails from the book will be, Edan Lepucki — Tequila Negroni; Novella Carpenter — Beet Kvass Shots; and Jacqueline Luckett — Dirty Martini. Cheers!

7:30-8:00 pm: F*ck That Meditation Session. What started as a joke between booksellers will become reality. We’ve been fans of Jason Headley’s book, F*ck That: An Honest Meditation, since it first arrived in the store. It’s a little foul-mouthed, yes; a wee bit uncouth. But at its core, it might be the meditation book our troubled times need. We’re up for giving it a try anyway.

Books Inc. (various locations)
Books Inc. Alameda (1344 Park St., Alameda)
5:00 pm: It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Say Cheers in celebration of Dennis Lehane’s masterful new thriller, Since We Fell, with a brand new cocktail crafted by Books Inc.’s resident mixologist, Nick Petrulakis.

Books Inc. Berkeley (1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley)
2:00 pm: It’s the end of the world as we know it . . . at least in fiction. Authors Shanthi Sekaran, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, and Ramona Ausubel join us for “What We Talk About When We Talk About Dystopia”, discussing what it means to read dystopian literature in this day and age. Moderated by author Anne Nesbet.

Books Inc. Burlingame (1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame)
2:00 pm: Hear ye, hear ye! We’re inviting kids between the ages of 7 and 17 to read passages from classics of literature. Join us for this community-bonding event!

Books Inc. Laurel Village (3515 California St., San Francisco)
Fun story times for kids and mixers for adults all day! You can also sample delicious baked treats made using recipes from Laurel Village’s favorite new cookbooks, then join in on the ongoing Go Fish! card game.

10:00 am: Acclaimed author & illustrator Christie Matheson joins us for a reading of her latest book, Plant the Tiny Seed. Christie will be leading a garden mural making session following her reading. (Ages 3+)

11:30 am: Celebrate the work of Oliver Jeffers with a story time reading of his adorable and hilarious picture books such as The Day the Crayons QuitA Child of BooksLost and Found, and more! (Ages 3+)

2:00 pm: Elephant & Piggie Tea Time! Join us for afternoon snacks, tea, and readings of books from the bestselling Elephant & Piggie series.(Ages 3+)

3:00 pm:  Little Golden Books “75 Years and Still Golden” – What story do you have to tell? Join us for a bookmaking craft session and make your very own Little Golden Book. (Ages 6+)

6:00 pm: Join us for a cocktail mixer featuring drinks from A Literary Cocktail Party: Favorite Drinks from Our Favorite Writers. This fabulous limited edition book was created for this year’s Independent Bookstore Day and features recipes from authors Sloane Crosley, Anthony Marra, James Patterson, and more, and is complete with illustrations by Bay Area Bookseller Ashley Despain.

Books Inc. The Marina (2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco)
10:00 am & 1:00 pm: Get lost and found at Books Inc. in The Marina and join the fun at our Larry Gets Lost Storytime! Featuring readings of Larry Gets Lost in Seattle: 10th Anniversary Edition, along with other books in this adorable series. Themed activities and crafts will be a part of the fun. (Ages 3+)

Books Inc. Mountain View (301 Castro St., Mountain View)
1:00 pm: Nationally recognized technology writer Ashlee Vance will join us for a meet-and-greet book signing of his New York Times-bestselling biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.

Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco)
2:00 pm: Not Your Mother’s Book Club proudly presents Katie Bayerl, author of A Psalm for Lost Girls; Marianna Baer, author of The Inconceivable Life of Quinn; and Jandy Nelson, author of I’ll Give You the Sun.

Books Inc. Santa Clara (2712 Augustine Dr. #120, Santa Clara)
All Day
Create your own poetry using Magnetic Poetry kits and experience the simple freedom and joy of putting words together. We will have several kits to intermix on mobile metal surfaces for your poetic inspiration to take flight.

11:00 am: The Little Golden Bus Tour and Art Show is coming to Santa Clara Square! Wrapped in artwork and images of beloved characters from classic Little Golden Books, this interactive bus shares the history of Little Golden Books and more! (Ages 2+)

6:30 pm: Let’s make some noise! Join us for a PJ Storytime reading of Mac Barnett’s silly new picture book, Noisy Night.  (Ages 4+)

Books Inc. Palo Alto (74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto)
1:00 pm – to 3:00 pm: Curl up with a book and a furry friend! Local nonprofit Love on a Leash will be bringing in dogs to Books Inc. in Palo Alto for your little ones to read to.

5:00 pm: New York Times-bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton joins us for a conversation in honor of the paperback release of the essay collection, My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop. Meg will be in conversation with Books Inc. co-owner Margie Scott Tucker.

Mrs. Dalloway’s (2904 College Ave., Oakland)
We’ll start the day with a marathon reading of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Take a turn reading a section, or just come to listen.

2:00 pm: local author Joel Drucker will be on hand to sign copies of Los Angeles in the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine.

If you’re a gardener, you’ll want to enter our raffle for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Annie’s Annuals.

The Booksmith (1644 Haight St., San Francisco)
Official Indie Bookstore day merchandise will be available throughout the day or while supplies last, including a special edition of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, a vinyl edition of Welcome to Night Vale, Out of Print’s Bookstore Dog pouch, Elephant and Piggie “read” onesie, and much more!

Kepler’s Books (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park)
Come in early for the chance to buy exclusive books, posters, coloring books and other cool stuff that you can only get on that day. Plus lots of other things including tea towels, canvas totes, drawing books, card games, a short story by Rainbow Rowell, and special prints. We’ll also have treats, including cake and lemonade on hand.

This is just a sampling of some of the events happening this Saturday, so be sure to visit your favorite independent bookstores this weekend!