Independent Bookstore Day!

Tomorrow, May 2nd is the first annual Independent Bookstore Day! Hundreds of bookstores across the country are celebrating. Here’s what it’s about:

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.

Here’s which bookstores across Vermont which are celebrating and some of the activities they’ll be doing.

  • Bartleby’s Books, Wilmington.
  • Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Signings, cookies.
  • Bennington Bookshop, Bennington. Prizes, discounts.
  • Bridgeside Books, Waterbury. Tea party & special treats.
  • Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. In-store activities, prizes, and exclusive day-of merchandise.
  • Norwich Bookstore, Inc, Norwich.
  • Phoenix Books, Burlington / Essex. Giveaways.
  • The Book Nook, Ludlow. ‘unique and special items’
  • The Eloquent Page, St. Albans
  • The Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Giveaways
  • Vermont Bookshop, Middlebury.
  • Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls. Cookies, events,