New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day

Independent bookstores are not just stores—they are 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.

Please come by to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with us and show your support for this amazing movement. We’ll have fun together along with stimulating activities all day long.  We're opening at 9:00AM and there will be story time beginning at 9:15 with Miss Holly and special guest, author Claudia Gray. Also in the morning, there will be coffee and Rebecca's famous carrot cake chip cookies, brownies and a blueberry coffee cake to go along with a discussion of The Golem and the Jinni by the Science Fiction Book Club.  In the afternoon, New Orleans piano man Armand St. Martin gives a solo performance, and we'll have special author visits by Irvin Mayfield presenting NEW ORLEANS PLAYHOUSE, Carrie Rollwagen discussing THE LOCALIST, and Sarah J. Maas reading A COURT OF THORNS & ROSES. We are also featuring some exclusive literary-themed art and gift items you will want to have to remember this special day.

Octavia Books, Garden District Book Shop, and Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop are celebrating Independent Bookstore Day. Each store is planning special activities; and together we are offering the chance to win $75 in gift certificates to book lovers who visit all three participating bookstores as part of a fun scavenger hunt. The three stores have also joined together to give away a limited number of Blackbird Letter Press New Orleans City Notebooks (printed in Louisiana) to customers who purchase a limited edition Independent Bookstore Day book or item, or who spend $25 or more on May 9th.

 

 

 

Independent Bookstore Day Exclusive Items

We will be offering

Building: Stories (Signed & Numbered Print)

Created by Chris Ware especially for Independent Bookstore Day: a wordless print about reading, parenting, and education consisting of images from his award-winning Building: Stories.

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Books About Books (In a Box)

The ultimate booklovers boxed set. Includes special IBD-only editions of Shadow of the Wind; 84, Charring Cross Road; The Borrower; and The Bookman’s Tale in a beautifully designed, reusable box with lid.

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“American Books Everyone Should Read” — A Consensus Cloud from Top Lists & Prizes

A limited-edition, signed infographic print of popular books and authors from David McCandless, author of Knowledge is Beautiful and The Visual Miscellaneum. Each subject is color-coded and each title is written in the font of the original book jacket.

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Urgent, Unheard Stories by Roxane Gay

A mini-collection of essays on books, reading, and the world of contemporary literature by Roxane Gay available as a limited edition, signed chapbook.

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Finders Keepers Broadside

This color broadside from Stephen King’s forthcoming novel, Finders Keepers, is a love letter to passionate readers, written in King’s own hand. Suitable for framing.

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Hyperbole & a Half Broadside

Bring a little Allie Brosh home with this signed four-color print from her remarkable debut, Hyperbole and a Half. A perfect collectible for Allie Brosh’s legions of fans, this high quality print is suitable for framing.

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Original Signed Captain Underpants Print

Author/illustrator Dav Pilkey has created an original image of his world-wide bestselling character, Captain Underpants especially for IBD. Printed on linen stock and signed by the author.

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Huckleberry Finn’s Mississippi River Journey (A Literary Map from Plotted)

A lush, hand-drawn road map depicting Huck’s river journey. The map, which will appear in Plotted: A Literary Atlas, has been extended and expanded upon for IBD.

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The “Bad Citizen” Stencil featuring Margaret Atwood

Suitable for actual use or as a stand-alone art piece, this stencil quotes Margaret Atwood’s poem “Spelling”: "A word after a word after a word is power."

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Funny Ha Ha: Jokes & Riddles from Our Best-Loved Illustrators

A full-color page-turner for the 6-11 crowd. A Joke Book for Kids is made up of original art from some our best-loved and most recognizable children’s illustrators. The jokes are a mix of old groaners, originals and a few shaggy dogs. Designed by Christy Hale. Featuring contributions from Tom Angleberger, David LaRochelle, William Joyce, Katherine Tillotson, Kate DiCamillo, Frans Vischer, Betsy Lewin, Bob Barner, Constance Lombardo, Harry Bliss, Lane Smith, Randy Cecil, Rob Harrell, Aaron Meshon, Ashley Despain, Marla Frazee, Susan Gal, Ed Young, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Raul Gonzalez, Amy Ignatow, David Shannon, Jane Wattenberg, Rosemary Wells, and more.

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Days Like This: Good Writers on Bad Luck, Bum Deals and Other Torments

A collection of personal essays (and a few short stories) by many of our favorite writers who were given the prompt, “My ________ From Hell” and set loose. The results—which cover everything from online dating to the death of a childhood classmate—are often laugh-out-loud, frequently heart-rending and sometimes downright jaw-dropping. With cover art by Rich Black. Featuring contriubtions from Anne Lamott, James Patterson, Yiyun Li, Willy Vlautin, Mary Roach, Chris Collins, Brian Doyle, Novella Carpenter, Bonnie Tsui, Caroline Paul, Kathryn Ma, Chloe Caldwell, Katie Crouch, Lavinia Spalding, Janice Cooke-Newman, Megan Daum, Peter Hoffmeister, Rachel Levin, Scott McClanahan, Wendy Spero, Joyce Maynard, Michelle Richmond, Jonathan Evison, and more!

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“Sweet” Literary Tea Towel Set

These 100% cotton flour sack tea towels are part art, part kitchen necessity, and all conversation piece. Designed by Kristine Brogno (who designed our book by Lisa Brown last year) the “sweet” towels read: "Reading is escape and the opposite of escape. –Nora Ephron" and "What kind of life can you have in a house without books? –Sherman Alexie". Two-towel sets are packaged in a 4-color box the size of a trade paperback and picturing each towel on the outside.

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“Salty” Literary Tea Towel Set

These 100% cotton flour sack tea towels are part art, part kitchen necessity, and all conversation piece. Designed by Kristine Brogno (who designed our book by Lisa Brown last year) the “salty” towels read: "It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read. –Lemony Snicket" and "People that like to read are always a little fucked up. –Pat Conroy". Two-towel sets are packaged in a 4-color box the size of a trade paperback and picturing each towel on the outside.

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A Literary Map of the Seas

The Literary Map of the Seas, a hand drawn fine art print of 24 great books set in the ocean includes classics from The Odyssey and Moby Dick to modern favorites like The Life of Pi, Plover, Pippi in the South Seas, and Swamplandia!. A full-color, gallery quality giclee print suitable for framing.

 

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”
- Ann Patchett, bestselling author and co-owner of Parnassus Books

Event date: 

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:00am to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

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