Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. At Women & Children First, we'll have complimentary coffee and donuts from The Coffee Studio beginning at 10 a.m. Then, we'll have a delicious assortment of breads, spreads, and cookies from Sauce and Bread Kitchen at 2 p.m. We'll also be hosting a special edition of our new literary series, The Conversation at 4 p.m. (details below)
Plus, are you ready for the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge?
This year on IBD, at least 24 Chicagoland stores are jointly sponsoring the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores on that one day. To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore carabiner and their first
“luggage tag” from their favorite indie bookstore with an initial purchase of $25 or more. (**See participating stores listed below**)
Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional tag at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:
- Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
- Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul, and enter to win more prizes!
- On Instagram: Use #CHIBD17
- On Twitter: Use #CHIBD17 or @chibookstore
But, wait! There's more:
Don't miss THE CONVERSATION: THE BOOKS THAT MATTER NOW at 4 p.m.
For The IBD Conversation, we'll have short readings from local authors Anne Elizabeth Moore, musician Eiren Caffall, Sarah Kokernot, and Sandra Jackson-Opoku followed by a conversation moderated by Kim Brooks beginning at 4 p.m. This reading is in collaboration with our new literary series, The Conversation. The theme for this edition of our monthly series is "The Books That Matter Now."
The authors will be discussing the most pressing threats to freedom of literary expression and how writers and readers can act to oppose them. They'll also be sharing with the audience their picks for the books that are important now more than ever and how their responses to that question have changed since the 2016 presidential election. The Conversation will be followed by live music by Eiren Caffall.
Stores participating in the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge include:
- 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637 / 773.684.1300 / semcoop.com
- Anderson's Bookshop (three stores)
- The Book Bin, 151 Church St., Northbrook 60062 / 847.498.4999 / bookbinnorthbrook.com
- The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 60625 / 773.293.2665 / bookcellarinc.com
- The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka 60093 / 847.446.8880 / thebookstall.com
- The Book Table, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park 60301 / 708.386.9800 / booktable.net
- Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston 60201 / 224.999.7722 / bookendsandbeginnings.com
- Bookie’s, 2419 W. 103rd St., Chicago, IL 60655 / 773.239.1110 / bookieschicago.com
- Centuries and Sleuths, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park 60130 / 708.771.7243 /centuriesandsleuths.com
- Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 60301 / 708.848.0770 / magictreebooks.com
- Newberry Library Bookshop, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago 60610 / 312.255.3520 / newberry.org/bookstore
- Open Books (two stores)
- Powell’s Books Chicago, 1501 E. 57th St., Chicago 60637 / 773.955.7780 / powellschicago.com
- Quimby’s, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.342.0910 / quimbys.com
- Read It & Eat, 2142 N. Halsted St., Chicago 60614 / 773.661.6158 / readitandeatstore.com
- RoscoeBooks, 2142 W. Roscoe St., Chicago 60618 / 773.857.2676 / roscoebooks.com
- Sandmeyer's Bookstore, 714 S. Dearborn St., Chicago 60605 / 312.922.2104 /sandmeyersbookstore.com
- Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago 60637 / 773.752.4381 / semcoop.com
- Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 / 773.697.8066
- Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co./826CHI, 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60622 /773.772.8108 / secretagentsupply.com
- Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago 60640 / 773.769.9299 / womenandchildrenfirst.com