Last Saturday, April 30, was the second annual Independent Bookstore Day. The event was originally created to drive traffic into independent bookstores. More than 400 bookstores nationwide offered promotions like music, food, drinks, readings, and scavenger hunts, and some even offered exclusives.
Luckily for me, I live in an area that had a plethora of independent bookstores partaking in this joyous day. I decided to visit a bookstore I've never been to before: Papercuts J.P.
The space is small but inviting, and the walls are lined with books from top-to-bottom. As an Independent Bookstore Day treat, Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was there signing books. I was clueless to this fact, and I walked right by him, not realizing I was missing out on meeting a very talented YA author! The regret is so real.
I ended up buying an exclusive bookstore cat zipper pouch, a set of two super-cute notebooks designed by Lotta Jansdotter, a paperback copy of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend, and a hardcover copy of the Pulitzer prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Did you celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2016?