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Indie Bookstore Day

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Join us for the 11th Anniversary of
Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country. Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. With your continued support, they are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. THANK YOU for shopping local!

Celebrate With Us!


Don’t miss the Connecticut Bookstore Passport Program happening alongside Indie Bookstore Day, April 27th and 28th, where participants are eligible to win over $4,000 in prizes!

  • Visit all stores in the weekend and you could win 1 Grand Prize, a $50 gift card to each participating shop!
  • Visit 12+ Stores: 4 Second Prizes, $25 gift card to each participating shop.
  • Visit 8+ Stores: Book or Bookstore Themed Puzzle
  • Slow & Steady Prize: Visit all stores in the Passport by Labor Day to win a $25 gift card bundle.

In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, shop Libro.fm’s limited-time sale on bestselling audiobooks from April 22-28. Your purchases support RJ Julia Booksellers—don’t miss out!

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Indie Bookstore Day happens once a year, but you can support RJ Julia Booksellers on a regular basis. When you sign up for a new monthly membership with code SWITCH, we’ll give you two bonus audiobooks! That means you’ll have three audiobook credits to redeem from the start.


Browse our 2024 Indie Bookstore Day merch below. Available exclusively in-store on Indie Bookstore Day!


Signed Exclusive 5-Year Anniversary Edition of The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America


Signed Exclusive 5-Year Anniversary Edition of The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht

This exclusive signed edition also includes a dumb birds sticker sheet and a letter from the author, Matt Kracht to the readers that made this book a bestseller for the past five years.

Hand-Signed Print from milk and honey by Rupi Kaur


Hand-Signed Print from milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the publication of the New York Times bestselling milk and honey by Rupi Kaur: an exclusive signed print of a poem from the book, packaged in a protective envelope.

THAT'S NOT MY® Coloring Booklet by Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells


THAT'S NOT MY® Coloring Booklet by Fiona Watt, Rachel Wells

2024 marks 25 years of Usborne's globally bestselling touchy-feely series, THAT'S NOT MY®. To celebrate the occasion, readers can get their hands on a limited-edition 8-page THAT'S NOT MY® coloring book, made up of popular characters from the series. With bold illustrations and fun extracts from the books, this giveaway item is sure to be popular amongst adults and toddlers who enjoy reading the series together.

We Love Indies Kids Activity Book: Word Games, Mazes, Coloring and More!


We Love Indies Kids Activity Book: Word Games, Mazes, Coloring and More!

Dozens of fun activities to celebrate books and Independent Bookstore Day. A collection of word games, mazes, scavenger hunts, and coloring pages inspired by a love for bookstores and books, including some of Quarto's best-selling titles like Little People, BIG DREAMS; Young, Gifted and Black; and ABC What Can She Be.

We Love Indies Coloring Book


We Love Indies Coloring Book

Quarto authors and artists have created coloring pages of their favorite local, independent bookstores! Includes a short quote from the author on what they LOVE best about their favorite indie bookstore and a coloring page inspired by each store.

Blackwing Pencils


IBD Blackwing Pencils

Blackwing & Independent Bookstore Day have teamed up for the fourth consecutive year to create a new set of pencils exclusively for independent bookstores. Each year the interest and popularity of these limited edition pencils continues to grow. The pencils feature a design inspired by independent bookstores and the printed word.

Exclusive paperback edition of A Stroke of the Pen by Terry Pratchett


Exclusive paperback edition of A Stroke of the Pen by Terry Pratchett

A delightfully funny, fantastically inventive collection of twenty newly unearthed short stories by Sir Terry Pratchett, the award-winning and bestselling author of the phenomenally successful Discworld fantasy series. This special trove - featuring charming woodcut illustrations and a new cover - is a must-have for Pratchett fans of all ages and includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman. (FYI The day after Indie Bookstore Day is Terry Pratchett's birthday, also known as Terry Pratchett Day.)


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CHECK OUT LIBRO.FM'S SPECIAL INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY OFFERS

  • Use code READLOCAL to get a free audiobook when you start a new membership.
  • Shop 1,000+ audiobooks on sale for $5 or less from April 22nd-28th at libro.fm/sale
  • Shop in-store on Indie Bookstore Day and you’ll receive a free audiobook copy of The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, this year’s Indie Bookstore Ambassador

The Connecticut Book Trail is a group of 21 independently owned bookstores in Connecticut working together to bring more book lovers – both locals and tourists – into all of their shops. The Trail showcases the unique character and charm of each bookstore, while also highlighting the diverse literary community in Connecticut.

By working together, these independent bookstores hope to create a greater sense of community and to foster a love of reading and books across the state. Whether you’re looking for a hard-to-find book or the latest bestseller, you’re sure to find it at one of the participating stores on the Trail.

Independent Bookstore Day is organized by the American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, that works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.


Event Date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 10:00am EDT
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443