The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2019

On April 27, 2019, indie bookstores in Minnesota and around the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day, which as always is great news for book lovers. Officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include tote bags, advance reader copies (ARCs), posters, clothing, and more—and many will also be offering sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Other stores won’t have these “official” items but are celebrating on their own. You can find all of them here!

Independent Bookstore Day banner

Two Midwest-specific programs are also back this year. First is the Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport, now in its fourth year—pick up your passport at any of the 19 local participating stores, listed on the Rain Taxi website and noted below. Each store visit earns you a passport stamp that activates a coupon; visit five or more stores to activate all the coupons. Visits also earn you the chance to win one of 12 “literary prize packs” or a grand prize worth over $500 in books.

The Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap, created by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA), is also returning, with 30 more stores throughout the region joining for the map’s second year. Just as last year, if you post a photo of yourself in any of the featured bookstores with the #BookstoreRoadmap hashtag and tag @MidwestBooks and the bookstore, you could win a $25 gift card to that store. Every tagged photo also earns you an entry in a grand-prize raffle for a $500 gift card to an independent bookstore of their choice to be drawn on next year’s Independent Bookstore Day. Note that, because this initiative is run by MIBA and doesn’t require any active participation from stores besides stocking the maps, store staff may or may not be able to answer questions about it—however, all stores that are members of MIBA are included unless they have asked to be left out, and all will be receiving copies of the map from MIBA.

As in the past, both the passport and the roadmap feature illustrations by Twin Cities cartoonist Kevin Cannon, whose Harry Potter nursery mural we featured here on the site back in December.

The Bookstore Day Passport cover and MIBA roadmap

The Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport (left) and Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap (right). Rain Taxi/Midwest Independent Booksellers Association

If you like your books in audio format, you should know Libro.fm is once again offering select audiobooks for free in honor of Independent Bookstore Day—all you have to do is create an account. If you already have an account, you’re all set to receive your freebies.

Below is your full roundup of IBD happenings. For more news and info, follow @BookstoreDay and #BookstoreDay on Twitter or check out Independent Bookstore Day on Facebook.

Minneapolis

Birchbark Books and Native Arts in the Kenwood neighborhood is participating in both the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and the Twin Cities Passport and will have official Bookstore Day items available. There will be prizes and entertainment running all day, including craft stations for May Day baskets and Birchbark bookmarks from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; a dance performance by Ramsey’s Braggarts Morris Men at 11:00 a.m.; face painting from noon to 2:00; and alternating short sets of music and poetry by Jake Vainio, Rosetta Peters, JG Everest, Lisa Yankton, Prudence Johnson, and Dean Magraw from 12:30 to 3:00.

Boneshaker Books is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will be offering 25% to 50% off select books. The store will also have coffee and treats for shoppers and is screening the book-based movie The Little Prince (2015) at 6:00 p.m.

Corner Books in the St. Anthony Shopping Center is a stop on the Midwest Indie Roadmap.

Daybreak Press Global Bookshop on the U of M’s East Bank is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap.

DreamHaven Books and Comics is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items.

Eat My Words Bookstore in Northeast does not have any special events or sales for Independent Bookstore Day, but the store will be open all day and is hosting local photographer Anna Eveslage at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and Q&A on her book Eating Alone.

James & Mary Laurie Booksellers in the North Loop does not have any plans for special sales or events but will be open regular hours.

Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Uptown is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items. The store is also hosting a visit by local artist and comic creator Kristin Tipping (A Book for Sad Pets).

Milkweed Books is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap. The store will be giving out free advance copies while supplies last and running a couple of sales, with 20% off all cookbooks and Ideal Bookshelf book pins for $5. There will also be treats, surprise guests, and more.

Moon Palace Books in Longfellow is participating in the Bookstore Day Passport and Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items on hand. The store is also hosting the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., which will include a lineup of 30-plus local poets. Additionally, Babycake’s Book Stack, a new mobile children’s bookstore with a focus on diverse cultures and languages, is having its soft launch on Independent Bookstore Day and will be parked outside Moon Palace; Babycake’s is also part of the Midwest Indie Roadmap.

Once Upon A Crime is participating in the Bookstore Day Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items (including a free ARC for anyone who stops in, while supplies last).

Paperback Exchange is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items. The store will be open expanded hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and will have special book deals, prizes, refreshments, and more.

Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore and Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore are a stop on the Midwest Indie Roadmap.

The University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Union is a stop on the Midwest Indie Roadmap.

Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items. There will also be special giveaways, and you can watch Wild Rumpus’s resident cats, rats, and chinchillas get their annual vet visit at 1:00 p.m.

Other Minneapolis bookstores to visit include:

The Open Book front entrance

The Open Book arts center, home to Milkweed Books. Madeleine Vasaly

St. Paul

At Against the Current in Macalester-Groveland, get a discount on your entire purchase by showing the staff a bookmark from another independent store: 10% off for a store within 99 miles of St. Paul, 20% for a store 100 to 999 miles away, and 30% off for 1,000 miles and beyond or any non-US store.

The store known as Common Good Books until last week—now Next Chapter Booksellers after a change in ownership—is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap. It will have official Bookstore Day items as well as free coffee and doughnuts and will be hosting local authors Mary Moore Easter and Danez Smith as guest booksellers.

Midway Used and Rare Books will not be doing anything exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day, but the store is having a 30% off sale for all gardening books that continues through the end of April.

The Minnesota History Center Museum Store is a stop on the Midwest Indie Roadmap.

Red Balloon Bookshop on Grand Avenue is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap. The store will have official Bookstore Day items, treats, and activities going on all day, including story time at 10:45 a.m. with Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan (reading one of her favorite picture books, Bowwow Powwow); Sesame Street story time at 11:00 a.m.; an escape room for kids at 1:00 p.m. (reservations required), and a performance by the Ramsey Middle School jazz band at 3:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Storied Owl Books, a brand-new bookstore coming soon to Randolph Avenue, will be open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Independent Bookstore Day only, ahead of its planned grand opening in May. The store is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have plenty of books available for sale as well as candy for shoppers. Get a sneak peek at this store in progress!

SubText Books in downtown St. Paul is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have coffee and doughnuts in the morning and beer in the afternoon. The store will also be hosting some guest booksellers: representatives from local publisher Coffee House Press from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and poet Danny Klecko from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Click here for the latest information.

Twin Cities Suburbs

Cream and Amber, which opened in Hopkins at the end of February, is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Roadmap and will be running two sales: 15% off all books from Minnesota authors and publishers, plus a sidewalk sale. There will be children’s story time from 9:15 to 9:45; a book art demonstration with Carly Frei from 10:00 to noon; and readings by Maureen Aitken (The Patron Saint of Lost Girls) at 2:00 p.m. and Marcie Rendon (Murder on the Red River) at 4:00 p.m.

Lake Country Booksellers in White Bear Lake is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Roadmap and will be opening an hour early, at 9:00 a.m. The store will be giving away treats and ARCs throughout the day.

Open Book and words at the MSP Airport are stops on the Midwest Indie Roadmap.

A book display at Cream and Amber

Hopkins’s newest bookstore, Cream and Amber. Madeleine Vasaly

Outside the Metro

Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery in Park Rapids is participating in the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have Bookstore Day items, prize drawings, and treats. The store is giving away a free book with every purchase and will be hosting author Jess Lourey at 9:00 a.m. for a signing of her book April Fools.

Bexter Book & Copy in Milaca is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Book Break in Maple Lake is a stop on the Midwest Roadmap and will be offering 20% off all new and used books in stock. There will be complimentary coffee and popcorn in the store and free story time at 11:00 a.m.

The Book Mark at Gustavus Adolphus is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Buffalo Books & Coffee in Buffalo has official Bookstore Day items, will be giving out a free limited-edition tote bag with purchases of $50 or more, and is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. Spin the wheel for a chance to get a 20% off coupon, enter the store’s drawing to win prizes, and enjoy Sesame Street coloring kits for kids. Click here for the latest information.

The Bookstore at Fitger’s in Duluth is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items, snacks, discounts, and giveaways (including a three-month Libro.fm membership and a prize pack valued at $100). The store is hosting author Joy Morgan Dey and illustrator Nikki Johnson (Agate and One Gorilla) for a signing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and author team Michael Brodkorb and Allison Man (The Girls are Gone) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Chapter2Books in Hudson, Wisconsin, is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and will have official Bookstore Day items. There will also be freebies, giveaways, refreshments, and a number of discounts.

Cherry Street Books in Alexandria is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. Eric Bergeson, author of Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie, will also be in the store from noon to 2:00 p.m. to give advice and answer gardening questions

Content Bookstore in Northfield is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items as well as coffee and doughnuts for shoppers at 10:00 a.m. Get an Independent Bookstore Day Tote with original art by Jane Mount when you spend $100 or more (or buy one for $15), and enter to win the Tote of Contentment, “a classy canvas bag of bookish riches that we promise will amaze and delight the lucky winner.” The store will also be previewing its new dedicated kids space, which will offer expanded space for children’s books “as well as beautiful, hilarious, nostalgic, and all-around delightful playthings for kids of all ages.” And finally, Content is collaborating with Northfield Yarn for Bunny and Goat story time at 11:00 a.m., visits with angora bunnies all day, and bottle-baby goats from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Driftless Books in Wabasha is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. (Note: The store’s normal Saturday hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. The store will give away a free surprise book with every purchase, is hosting children’s story hour with Muffin Man at 11:00 a.m., and a reading and signing with Betsy Bowen and Phyllis Root (illustrator and author of The Lost Forest) at 5:00 p.m.

Excelsior Bay Books in Excelsior is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items.

Fair Trade Books in Red Wing is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Howard Street Booksellers in Hibbing is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Both the official Independent Bookstore Day website and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association list Little Professor Book Center in Owatonna as a participating store, but Twin Cities Geek was not able to confirm hours or events for Saturday.

Lundeen’s in Fergus Falls is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Peacock Books and Wildlife Art in Rochester is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Paperbacks and Pieces in Winona is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will be celebrating with official Bookstore Day items, special sales, appearances by Minnesota authors Chris Norbury and Ryan Witt, and free coloring.

Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items, special discounts, giveaways, and special visits. Horses Dusty and Daisy will be at the store from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with handler Mark Peterson, who will be signing copies of his book, Dusty’s Adventures. Local author Christie Gove-Berg will host a book release party for Greta the Great Horned Owl: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sweet Peas and Back Forty Books in Two Harbors is participating in the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have two promotions going on: 10% off all books, new and used; and buy four, get one free on used books.

Sweet Reads in Austin is participating in the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. Photographer John Duren (The Essence of Place) will also be speaking at the store at 1:00 p.m.

Turtle Town Books and Gifts in Nisswa is a stop on the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

Valley Bookseller in Stillwater is participating in the Twin Cities Passport and Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap and will have official Bookstore Day items, including tote bags to be given out with purchases of $75 or more. The store will be holding a drawing for a $10 gift card every hour; have treats on hand; and host authors Mindy Mejia (11:00 a.m.), Angela Halgrimson (noon), Carolyn Porter (1:00 p.m.), and Gretchen Anthony (2:00 p.m.) as guest booksellers.

The Village Bookstore in Grand Rapids is participating in the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap.

The Willow Bookstore in Perham is participating in the Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. Click here for the latest information.

Zenith Bookstore in Duluth is participating in the Midwest Indie Roadmap and will have Bookstore Day items, prizes, cider, and cookies. In addition, from noon to 2:00 p.m., store manager (and “kids’ book Zen master”) Nikki Silvestrini will be reading stories and making book recommendations in the children’s section.


Happy reading!

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