Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Across CT, April 28

Connecticut - Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28 when over 500 independent bookstores in 48 states host parties, author readings, in-store events and exclusive day-of merchandise.Connecticut bookstores will celebrate all day. Pick up a copy of the Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport at any participating store and get moving! Visit 15 of the 20 participating stores across the state on April 28th (and April 29th) and get your passport stamped at each location. If you complete the passport (15 stamps), you will receive a $25.00 gift card from EACH participating location- all 20 stores – for a total value of $500. WOW!  Join the party and show Connecticut indie bookstores some LOVE!

Some Rules:

  • Passports are valid on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th.  Store hours vary by location, please contact the store directly and/or check their websites.
  • You may pick up a passport at any of the participating locations beginning Monday, April 23rd  Stamping will not begin until Saturday, April 28th.  Additionally, you can download the passport from https://www.rjjulia.com/event/independent-bookstore-day-1
  • You must visit 15 stores to win.
  • You may start and end at any participating location. Once you have accumulated 15 stamps, please provide the final bookstore with your name, phone number, and email address. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 30th for details of how they will receive the prize ($500 worth of gift cards!)
  • No purchase necessary to receive a stamp in your passport – but we know that after browsing each location’s unique selection and merchandise, you’ll be well stocked with reading materials for the foreseeable future!


RJ Julia Booksellers and Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.

The 2018 Bookstore Day Exclusives: 

Independent Bookstore Day is proud to announce a selection of exclusive books and art pieces for Bookstore Day 2018. These limited edition, unique items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores, on April 28. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores.

Some of 2018’s 15+ exclusive Bookstore Day books and items available only at participating IBD stores on Saturday, April 28th include: 

SPECIAL EDITION Ungrateful Mammals with unique original pieces of art by Dave Eggers slipped into each edition. They are true collector’s items. Quantities are extremely limited.  

The Book Club Journal

This beautifully designed journal has pages and prompts for writing your thoughts and opinions about the books you’ve read, keeping track of book club meetings, and more than 45 original, quirky, themed recommended reading lists from authors like Stephen King, David Sedaris and Tayari Jones, and booksellers around the country. Martin Cruz Smith gives us the “Real Russia” reading list. The booksellers at Parnassus in Nashville give us “Books narrated by non-humans.” 

To see all of the exclusive items created for IBD and for all current information, visit: 


The fourth annual National Independent Bookstore Day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram, and The American Booksellers Association. Last year participating bookstores saw an average increase in sales of 200% on Independent Bookstore Day, with some stores up as much as 1000% over their average Saturday sales in April. “Indie bookstores play a crucial role in society—they are spaces where ideas live freely, thought and conversation flourish, and communities are nurtured and strengthened. Independent Bookstore Day is a national party to celebrate this significance. We love to celebrate with our customers and toast to the vitality of indies, as well the enthusiasm and support of avid readers everywhere!” says Katie Eelman at Papercuts J.P. in Boston. While Benjamin Rybeck at Brazos Bookstore says, “Independent Bookstore Day makes a big city like Houston feel small, cozy, like everybody knows everybody.”

The 2018 IBD author ambassador Celeste Ng says, “My favorite thing about independent bookstores is that they all have their own distinct personalities: each reflects not just the tastes but also the ideals of its community. From the second you walk in, you get a sense of what the people who shop there know and enjoy—as well as what's currently on their minds, what they want to learn, and what they value: in short, what kinds of people they want to be. Bookstores are more than just repositories of knowledge, they’re living, breathing, evolving representations of our best selves. I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It's a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can change both us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together.”

About Independent Bookstore Day 

Independent Bookstore Day began in California in 2014 and became a national event the next year. A host of publishers and authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and many others have donated work in support of the event. Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Its sponsors include Penguin Random House, Ingram, and the American Bookseller’s Association. www.indiebookstoreday.com

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