Whidbey Island Independent Bookstore Day is the local home of the national Independent Bookstore Day, a one-day celebration on the last Saturday of April, hosted by independent booksellers for our readers and customers. The 2022 Independent Bookstore Day takes place on April 30, and this year the participating Whidbey Island-area booksellers are joining forces for the first ever Bookstore Day Passport Challenge.
What Is Happening for Independent Bookstore Day 2022?
Whidbey Island-area booksellers have joined forces to bring you the first ever Bookstore Day Passport Challenge this year. Local book (and bookstore) lovers will be challenged to visit all 5 participating Whidbey Island-area independent bookstores to complete the challenge.
Independent Bookstore Day is on Saturday, April 30.
Book fanatics who complete the challenge will receive an exclusive custom eco-friendly tote bag designed by Hey Atlas Creative.
The Book Rack will also have author signings by Johann Steinke (Author of The Greatest Captain in the World) from 11-2 pm and Eldritch Black (Author of the Weirdbey Island Series) from 1-2 pm. The Whidbey Island Mermaids will be taking photos from 3-5 pm and Tarot with Tabitha will be happening from 4-6 pm.
Once again, we are grateful for support our bookstores have received from the community during the last few years. Not only your financial support but your kind words—through emails, online orders, social media, and in our stores and at curbside pickups—have truly sustained us. The Whidbey Island-area independent bookstore community continues to thrive because of you.
How do I qualify for an Indie Bookstore Day 2022 exclusive tote bag?
Visit all 5 participating Whidbey Island-area stores on April 30, and turn in your passport with punches from all the stores.
What’s the prize?
A Indie Bookstore Day exclusive tote bag, designed by Hey Atlas Creative.
Which bookstores are participating?
Moonraker Books: 209 1st Street, Langley. 10-7pm
Kingfisher Bookstore: 16 NW Front Street, Coupeville. 10-7pm
His Place Christian Bookstore: 350 SE Pioneer Way #103, Oak Harbor. 10-7pm
Wind & Tide Bookshop: 790 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor. 10-5 pm
The Book Rack: 551 NE Midway Blvd. #3, Oak Harbor. 10-7pm
How do I participate?
Pick up a passport bookmark in person at a participating bookstore on Indie Bookstore Day. Get your passport punched at each store and turn it in at the last store you visit. Online visits or purchases are not included: you must have your card stamped, in person, at each store.
What Is Independent Bookstore Day?
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent and hosts its own party. And in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, contests, and the other fun stuff that you’ll find on Bookstore Day during non-pandemic times, many stores offer exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.
Why Are We Celebrating Independent Bookstores?
Independent bookstores in the Pacific Northwest aren’t just brick and mortar storefronts. We’re part of a thriving literary scene made up of writers, readers, librarians, and publishers. We’re local literary destinations for our communities and staffed by passionate, well-read booksellers. We’re entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. We’re lively performance spaces and quiet places where “just that right book” can be discovered.
Bookstores are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and develop each year. In a world of tweets, algorithms, and digital downloads customers find it reassuring to walk into a bookstore, smell the books, talk with a bookseller, and hold the books in their hands. This won’t change. And we’re here to stay.
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