Indie Bookstore Day



Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Odyssey Bookshop on Saturday, April 27!

Join more than 550 independent bookstores in 49 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

“Indie stores stock books by hand and sell them the same way.  They know what we want and need to read because they know us, as people. A writer is not a machine.  A reader is not an app.  We are human beings and so are the independent bookstore workers who show up each day and place books in our hands.”

― 2019 IBD author ambassador Tayari Jones

Independent Bookstore Day marks its fifth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 27th, with literary parties around the country.

We hope you'll join us at the Odyssey for our celebration featuring entertainment, refreshments, kid’s crafts, and giveaways throughout the day! We'll also have an audiobook listening station set up as well as a photo booth where you can pose with your favorite book. If you needed even more of an incentive to drop by, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.


Selected events:

11:00am-12:30pm: Heidi E. Y. Stemple (daughter) & Jane Yolen (mother), authors of A Kite for Moon

2:00-3:00pm: Natasha Lowe, author of Lucy Castor, and Youme Le, author and illustrator of Mail Under the Night Sky

2:00pm-4:00pm: Face painting by Mask Makers

Homemade cupcakes while they last!

Kids crafts and activities at 12:30 and 3:30.

Free IBD 2019 Tote bags for purchases $50.00 and over (while supplies last). in store listening station and free audiobooks for subscribers.

IBD special edition books and gifts.

Many of our other activities will be happening all day so drop by any time from 10:00am-6:00pm!


About Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day began in California in 2014 and became a national event the next year. A host of publishers and authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and many others have donated work in support of the event. Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Its sponsors include Penguin Random House, Ingram, and the American Bookseller’s Association.



Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Event address: 
9 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075
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