New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day 2019

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.

2019 Independent Bookstore Day marks the fifth anniversary of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide with literary parties around the country. While Bookstore Day was on April 27th in most other locales, in New Orleans we have our own special day of celebration two-weeks later on Saturday, May 11, so as not to conflict with Jazz Fest. 

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. And, 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, Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, and Blue Cypress Books are celebrating Independent Bookstore Day in New Orleans. Each store is planning special activities; and together we are offering the chance to win $200 in gift certificates for book lovers who visit all four participating New Orleans bookstores as part of a fun, city-wide literary quest. Customers can pick up a "passport" at any participating store and will gain a sticker for each shop they visit. Visit all four shops to get entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to each participating store! Each store will also be selling exclusive literary-themed books, art, and gift items created just for Independent Bookstore Day.

At Octavia Books, special author appearances with an Independent Bookstore Day twist include:

We will also be unveiling a new T-shirt created specially for Octavia Books by New Orleans graphic artist Tom Varisco.

And, throughout the day, we will also be giving out some fantastic free gifts and prizes.

Did we mention that there will be free Taza Chocolate tasting all day!!!


The 2019 Bookstore Day Exclusives:

Independent Bookstore Day is proud to announce a selection of exclusive books and art pieces for Bookstore Day 2019. These limited edition, unique items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores. Not online. And not in chain stores.

Some of 2019’s 20+ exclusive Independent Bookstore Day books and items include:

Charles Bukowski Uncensored exclusive vinyl album
In 1993, the year before he died, Bukowski recorded selections from his classic Run with the Hunted. This exclusive vinyl edition features these selections along with additional material from that recording session including candid conversations between Bukowski, his wife Linda Lee Bukowski, and his producer. This is a true must-have for the Bukowski fan.
Women Talking (signed edition with an exclusive IBD-only cover)
Author: Miriam Toews
Fans of Toews’ darkly funny fiction have been waiting for this one. And we have an exclusive signed edition with a redesigned, IBD-only cover. Women Talking is a transformative novel — as completely unexpected as it is inspired—based on actual events that happened between 2005 and 2009 in a remote Mennonite community.
Adjustment Day (signed edition with an exclusive IBD-only cover)
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
SIGNED with an EXCLUSIVE cover, this edition will pub on Bookstore Day, 3 days before the official paperback release. Adjustment Day, the author's first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society.
The 2019 Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil: COURAGE IS AS CONTAGIOUS AS FEAR
Author: Susan Sontag
Every year we create our signature “Bad Citizen” Graffiti Stencil to highlight the authors and the words that push us to think, read, and be disruptive when necessary.
Man-Eaters Vol. 1 (signed edition with an exclusive IBD-only cover)
Author: Chelsea Cain
Illustrator: Kate Niemczyk
This special edition with an exclusive cover is signed by both women creators! From the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking Eisner-nominated series Mockingbird, this trade paperback collects the first story arc (#s 1-4) of the unconventional coming-of-age tale-including the informative survival handbook, "CAT FIGHT! A BOYS; GUIDE TO DANGEROUS CATS" and all-new never-before-published extras! 
What to Eat with What You Read: A Guide for Book Clubs and Other Literary Gatherings
A companion to last year’s IBD bestseller The Book Club Journal, comes this funny, helpful guide with reading lists, recipes, and menu suggestions from 25 of our favorite authors, including Min Jin Lee, Mary Roach, Roxane Gay, Jennifer Egan, and Robin Sloan.
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants (Exclusive, signed edition with FREE iron-on Ada patch)
Author: Andrea Beaty
A special Independent Bookstore Day exclusive autographed copy of ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS signed by bestselling author Andrea Beaty. Includes a collectible embroidered iron-on patch of stellar scientist Ada Twist.

Event date: 

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

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