Independent Bookstore Day

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2024 DateApril 27, 2024
2025 DateApril 26, 2025

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Independent Bookstore Day History

Independent Bookstore Day is dedicated to celebrating and sustaining the cherished role of independent bookstores in the community. These bookstores, through their ambiance and curated collections, provide a haven for literature lovers and contribute to the cultural enrichment of their communities. The purpose of this day is twofold: to express support for independent bookstores and to encourage more people to discover the rich diversity of books available in these unique havens.

The concept of Independent Bookstore Day grew out of successful events in California in the United States, which eventually spread across North America. For Canadians, this day holds particular significance. The country's independent bookstores are prized not only for their exhaustive array of mainstream publications but also for their dedication in promoting the works of Canadian authors. Therefore, Independent Bookstore Day plays a key role in amplifying the literature, culture and zeitgeist of Canada to the world.

Across Canada, Independent Bookstore Day is marked with great enthusiasm. Events range from author readings and book signings to trivia contests and literary-themed parties. It's a day when Canadians of all ages join together to share in their love of books, and local communities rally to express their appreciation for these cultural institutions. Independent Bookstore Day takes place on the last Saturday of April.

Facts about Independent Bookstore Day

  • Bookstores are more than just repositories of knowledge. They’re living, breathing, evolving representations of our best selves. I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It’s a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can both change us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together - Celeste NG, Independent Bookstore Day 2018
  • For every $100 spent at a local independent bookstore, around $52 stays within the local economy, compared to just $14 when spent at chain stores.
  • Independent booksellers tend to offer more personalized customer service, recommending books based on customers’ tastes and interests.
  • The province of Ontario has the most bookstores in Canada with about 45% of all Canadian Book stores.
  • "Independent bookstores are coffee shops for introverts." - Emma Hooper

Top things to do in Canada for Independent Bookstore Day

  • Find an independent bookstore near you. Browse their collections and participate in any special events they may be hosting.
  • Support your local bookstore by visiting and finding a book that interests you.
  • Check out local bookstores' curated collections and recommendations, which often highlight Canadian authors and themes.
  • Visit independent bookstores: Many independent bookstores across Canada organize special events, promotions, and book signings on this day to attract visitors. Check out the participating stores in your area and plan a visit.

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