April 30 (Saturday) is Independent #BoosktoreDay, the third year of celebrating independent book stores that have withstood time (and e-readers), and have weathered the shifts in the publishing industry (and Amazon.com).
According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores have gone up from 1,651 in 2009 to 2, 227 in 2015. That is major cause for celebration. This year, the event features 16 exclusive books and art pieces only available at participating bookstores, like the delightful Neil Gaiman Coloring book. Or a stencil featuring Fran Lebowitz. Literary tea towels. All the good stuff.
I am lucky to work in the Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco where two bookstores are within a mile radius — Green Apple Books on Clement St. and Books Inc. on California St. I’ve been going to both bookstores for ten years now, and there’s quite nothing like being in the refuge of these places.
On #BookstoreDay, the following bookstores in San Francisco are hosting various fun activities like the “Silent Book Club,” onsite puppy adoptions (!), as well as book signings:
- Green Apple Books (Clement and Park)
- The Booksmith
- Books Inc. (Multiple Locations)
- Book Passage (Corte Madera and SF Ferry Building)
For a list of all participating locations, check out the event’s official website here.
See you at the nearest independent bookstore!
Pia Cortez is a writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She runs a book blog called Libromance where she reviews books and publishes literary features with a queer Filipino immigrant lens. She is a contributor at Hella Pinay, an online magazine for Filipino-American women and at New Life Quarterly, a literary magazine based in Oakland, California. She is currently working on her first novel.