April 28, 2017

Indie Bookstore Day is tomorrow!!


If you read this blog regularly, then you probably already know that we think indie bookstores are unique, majestic places where culture is distilled, good books are sold, and communities are united. Discovering an indie bookstore for the first time can be like shopping at a farmer’s market after years of getting your groceries at Wal-Mart. By shopping indie for your books, you can support local businesses, local authors, curated shelves, and meeting spaces that people rely on. But first and foremost, indie bookstores really know books. And good ones!

Tomorrow marks the third annual Independent Bookstore Day. It’ll be a glorious time of events, readings, and swag. A time when we can all celebrate our love of books with the people working to keep them a vibrant part of the world. For our part, Melville House is going to give away some of our new merch and a complete set of our Last Interview Series to some lucky (randomly selected) people — to enter, just buy a book, snap a selfie with it, and tweet it to us at @melvillehouse. Tag the store, too, and you’ll enter your favorite booksellers to win a special something from us too!

I can’t imagine you’d need more reasons to go shopping tomorrow, but just in case, here’s a short list of some amazing events happening near you (maybe). These are just a few that have caught my eye — but even if you don’t see your town on this list, you can probably find an indie nearby, and I guarantee things will be going on there.

Ahhh. I’m feeling the pain of running out of space for all these cool events. But I didn’t forget about you, Kansas, North Carolina, and Mississippi!  Or you, Louisiana! Or you, Bay Area! There are just too many goings-on to name them all here. My advice? Go to this nifty page, put in your zip code, and look at the websites of the stores closest to you to read what’s going on. You won’t be disappointed.

Happy Indie Bookstore Day, and don’t forget to tweet us (@melvillehouse) pictures of your purchases to enter to win merch and books!

Just kidding. I’m really just getting started. Here is what you can win from Melville House if you tweet at us with your purchases tomorrow.

Five winners will receive our new Hans Fallada resistance tote! These usually go for $20 each.

One lucky cuss will win our entire Last Interview Series — more than a $280 value!



Peter Clark is the sales manager at Melville House.