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JC: Independent Bookstore Day

    04/29/2017 - 3:15pm

    We celebrate reading all year, but Independent Bookstore Day is when we sound the book alarm the loudest. Since 2014, we and our sister stores across the country have come together on the last Saturday of April to raise a toast to everything that makes indies important. On April 29, show us what you love most about books, reading, and belonging to a literary community.

    11 a.m. Morning Drawing! with John Patrick Green and Sara Varon

    John Patrick Green grew up on Long Island in New York and went to the School of Visual Arts for graphic design. He is the illustrator of the graphic novels Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden and Teen Boat!, both with writer Dave Roman. He's also worked on comics for Disney, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Scholastic, and DC Comics. John lives in Brooklyn with zero cats and way too many

    Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, Chicken & Cat, and Chicken & Cat Clean Up. They have received many accolades--among others, Odd Duck was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Children's Books of 2013, Bake Sale was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for 2012, and Robot Dreams was on Oprah's Kids' Reading List in 2008. In 2013 Sara Varon was a recipient of the Maurice Sendak Fellowship.

    This event is part of Reading WIthout Walls, an annual nationwide reading program encouraging students to read books that they wouldn’t normally choose on their own. This means reading a broad variety of titles with different themes, diverse authors and content, formats, settings, characters, and subjects. This program is a challenge from the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit


    IBD Merch


    • An Elephant & Piggie onesie by Mo Willems. This soft cotton onesie featuring Mo Willems’ wonderful Elephant and Piggie and an encouragement to READ makes the perfect baby gift for bibliophiles.

    • A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers. From the acclaimed New York Times bestseller, A Child of Books, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston offer an exclusive signed fine art print for book lovers of all ages. Jeffers’s elegant image combined with Winston’s typographical landscapes inspires readers to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine.


    • $6 Story: The Sandmeyer Reaction. A signed, limited, and bound edition of a story cut from Pulitzer Prize-winning authorMichael Chabon’s new novel, Moonglow.

    • A Literary Cocktail Party: Favorite Drinks from Our Favorite Writers. A modern take on a classic cocktail guide, from 30 American writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass’s namesake cocktail, the Julia’s Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub. Other authors sharing their favorite drinks include Viet Thanh Nguyen, Sloane Crosley, Amor Towles, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, and many others.

    • Lost and Found Print. This signed, original, black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is inspired by her forthcoming activity book You Are Here.

    • Literary Condoms. These cleverly beautiful literary condoms are perfect counter-top impulse buys. Developed by The Booksmith in San Francisco they feature two designs, “Give Me That Darcy” Jane Austen condoms and “Great Expectations” Charles Dickens condoms.



    Drop by to write a letter to your senator or congressman and make your voice heard.

    We will have letter writing stations available with stationery, stamps, and wine! All afternoon.