Independent Bookstore Day

Celebrating Independent Bookstores!

Join the party!!!


Independent Bookstore Day might look a bit different in this pandemic year, but it's still about celebration--celebrating books, authors, bookstores, and YOU, our wonderful readers! This one-day national party includes more than 600 local bookstores around the country, and we at Broadway Books are excited to be a part of the celebration.

This year there will be three components to the celebration:

  • At Broadway Books we'll be offering specials over three days: Friday through Sunday, August 28th-30th (Sunday is online only).
  • There will be online events taking place at a national level.
  • Our digital audiobook partner Libro.FM will be offering free digital audiobooks.

You can read more about each of these components below.

Broadway Books Activities

At Broadway Books we are offering a variety of celebratory specials:

*Spend $50 or more (online or in the store) on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (August 28-30) and be entered into a drawing for a signed book by a local author. Just indicate in the comments box which book you would like to be eligible to win. Place multiple orders of $50 or more over the course of the weekend to enter multiple drawings or multiple times. (To shop in the store on Friday or Saturday, you must schedule an appointment. The store is not open on Sundays, so only online orders can be placed that day. Online orders can be placed 24/7 every day.) The books in the drawing are Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch, Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, In Praise of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo, Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol, Unpresidented by Kieron Dwyer, and Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth.  Remember, on any order of $50 or more, be sure to indicate in the comments box which book drawing you would like to enter.

*Anyone shopping in the store on Saturday (by appointment only) who spends $50 or more will get a free Independent Bookstore Day totebag (while supplies last)!

*Purchase a Broadway Books "Books Save Lives" t-shirt at a 20% discount--only $16!-- Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (August 28-30). Click here to order t-shirts (the discount only applies on August 28-30, for online or in-store purchases).

*Buy a surprise grab bag of ARCs by genre (adult fiction, adult nonfiction, mystery, middle readers, and young adult) for just a $10 suggested donation. (ARCs are Advance Reader Copies provided by publishers to enable us to read books prior to publication.) The money raised through these donations will go to Literary Arts Youth Programs. Each bag will contain at least three ARCs. The surprise bags can be purchased online starting Friday morning or outside our store on Saturday between 10 and 4. Online orders for these grab bags are curbside pick-up only; these bags will not be mailed or delivered. These grab bags are nonreturnable. 

*Book lover swag: We will be selling exclusive Indie Bookstore Day swag starting on Saturday, including socks, special editions, and super-cute onesies. We will have these items on display in the front window, and they can be purchased during store appointments or on the sidewalk on Saturday between 10 and 4. These are only available in limited quantities, and when they are gone, they're gone! We also have buttons, bookmarks, 2021 literary-themed calendars, notecards, and word games in the store that can be purchased over the phone or when you make an appointment. Independent Bookstore Day 2020 t-shirts, sweatshirts, and face masks can be purchased through this link.


Free Virtual Events!

National Virtual events for all ages will take place throughout the day, 10 am to 5 pm (PT). The full line-up can be accessed via

Here's the schedule:

10:00 GOLDFISH GHOST DRAWING CLASS:  A fun and interactive drawing demonstration with illustrator and author Lisa Brown (Goldfish Ghost, The Airport Book, Mummy Cat, Long Story Short, The Phantom Twin).

10:30 GRAPHIC NOVEL DRAWING CLASS:  Graphic novel discussion and drawing class with Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops).

11:00 MIDDLE GRADE FUN:  Rene Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine) and illustrator Nina Mata (I Promise) with moderator Isaac Fitzgerald (How to Be a Pirate).

12:00 WORLD-BUILDING IN YA FEMINIST FANTASY FICTION:  Bestselling YA fantasy authors Kat Cho (Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits), Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls and Reaper of Souls), and Rebecca Kim Wells (Shatter the Sky). Moderator: Abby Rauscher of Books Are Magic!

1:00 AMOR TOWLES READS FROM HIS NEW BOOK, YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION:  Explore the very near future with Amor Towles as he reads from the exclusive, SIGNED Bookstore Day edition.

2:00 WRITING THE WEST:  Authors Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us), Rishi Reddi (Passage West) and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) discuss reexamining the history, culture, and myths of the West through their fiction.

3:00 ALONE TOGETHER: STORIES OF LOVE, GRIEF, AND COMFORT IN THE TIME OF COVID-19:  Join co-hosts Jennifer Haupt, editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, and Garth Stein, Author Leadership Circle Campaign Chair for Binc, for readings and conversations with Alone Together contributing authors Faith Adiele, Gayle Brandeis, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jamie Ford, Major Jackson, Sonora Jha, Scott James, Jessica Keener, Jean Kwok, Roberto Lovato, Ada Limón, Claudia Castro Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

5:00 BOOKSTORE DAY AMABSSADOR SHOWCASE WITH TAYARI JONES, LAUREN GROFF & EMMA STRAUB: A lively discussion of books, bookstores, and the writing life with three Bookstore Day’s past Author Ambassadors--Tayari Jones (An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow), Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies and Florida), and Emma Straub (All Adults Here, Modern Lovers, The Vacationeers and owner of Books Are Magic! in Brooklyn).

Free Digital Audiobooks!  is offering free audiobooks in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. On August 29th only, when you preorder the following print books from Broadway Books you’ll either receive the audiobook version or a bestselling audiobook from the author, courtesy of!

Preorder The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim and get the audiobook as well for free.

Preorder His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie and get the audiobook as well for free.

Preorder The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley and get the audiobook as well for free.

If you preorder one the following author's books, you'll get another of the author’s bestselling audiobooks for free:

Preorder Shit, Actually by Lindy West, and get The Witches are Coming.

Preorder The Best of Me by David Sedaris, and get Live at Carnegie Hall.

Preorder Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, and get American Dervish.

Receipts must include a purchase date of August 29th, 2020. Just email with your receipt (a picture of your physical receipt or the email purchase confirmation), and they’ll send you an email with a link to your free audiobook. There is no limit on the number of print books purchased and free audiobooks collected. You will receive your free audiobook(s) within 24 hours of emailing, except for audiobooks that are not yet published, which you will receive on the listed pub date. You can also record a video about local bookstores and audiobooks to win a free audiobook!  Read the details at this link. 

The deadline to submit your receipt to Libro.FM is Monday, August 31st, 2020.


Event date: 

Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

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