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Your (virtual) Indie Bookstore Day 2020 Guide

It’s time to show some extra love to our independent bookstore partners! Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, August 29, with loads of virtual activities. It’s an all-day party to celebrate our independent bookstore partners.

Independent booksellers are the lifeblood of our communities and vital partners for any small press like ours. This year they need our love more than ever–like many small businesses, independent bookstores have suffered during the pandemic. Independent Bookstore was moved from April to August 29, and events are happening virtually. We’ve put together a list below, and you can also check out the Independent Bookstore Day website to search for a participating bookstore near you.

On Friday, August 28 kick off the party and join long-time friends, former New Yorker copy department colleagues, and literary icons in their own right, Mary Norris and Ann Goldstein, for “An Evening With Two Brilliant Friends”, in celebration of the forthcoming release of Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults (translated by Goldstein). Moderated by Michael Reynolds, Editor in Chief of Europa Editions.

Saturday, August 29

10 am (PDT): Goldfish Ghost Drawing Class

A fun and interactive drawing demonstration with illustrator and author Lisa Brown (Goldfish Ghost, The Airport Book, Mummy Cat, Long Story Short, The Phantom Twin).

10:30 am (PDT): Graphic novel discussion and drawing class with Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops).

1 pm (PDT): You Have Arrived at Your Destination with Amor Towles

Explore the very near future with Amor Towles as he reads from the exclusive, signed Bookstore Day edition of his story “You Have Arrived at Your Destination.”

1:30 pm (PDT): Writing the West with Reyna Grande, Rishi Redd and Lauren Francis-Sharma

Join authors Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us), Rishi Reddi (Passage West) and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) as they discuss reexamining the history, culture, and myths of the West through their fiction.

3:00 pm (PDT): Alone Together: Stories of Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19

Join co-hosts Jennifer Haupt, editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, and Garth Stein, Author Leadership Circle Campaign Chair for Binc, for readings and conversations with Alone Together contributing authors Faith Adiele, Gayle Brandeis, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jamie Ford, Major Jackson, Sonora Jha, Scott James, Jessica Keener, Jean Kwok, Roberto Lovato, Ada Limón, Claudia Castro Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

5:00 pm (PDT): Bookstore Day Ambassador Showcase with Tayari Jones, Lauren Groff, and Emma Straub

Join three of Bookstore Day’s past Author Ambassadors for a lively discussion of books, bookstores, and the writing life. Featuring Tayari Jones (An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow), Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies and Florida), and Emma Straub (All Adults Here, Modern Lovers, The Vacationeers and owner of Books Are Magic! in Brooklyn).

And remember, most bookstores are open, so be sure to stop by your favorite local spot and buy some books!