Seattle Independent Bookstore Day is the local home of the national Independent Bookstore Day, a one-day celebration on the last Saturday of April, hosted by independent booksellers for our readers and customers.

 
 

What Is Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent and hosts its own party. And in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

What Is Seattle Independent Bookstore Day?

When Independent Bookstore Day went national in 2015 (after its founding in 2014 by booksellers in Northern California was a rousing success), Seattle's indie bookstores collaborated to showcase what we do best: build human connections through physical books, in a daylong celebration of the work we do and the readers and customers who make it possible. We offered many of the same events and exclusive items as our colleagues across the country, but we also introduced the Passport Challenge, encouraging readers to get their passports stamped at as many participating stores as possible on Bookstore Day. Those who get their passports stamped at every participating store that day are crowned Grand Champions, with a crown, a party, and best of all, a 25% discount at all participating stores for the following year. We admit we have been stunned by the response: in our first year, we weren't sure if anyone would complete the full Passport Challenge, but we crowned 42 Grand Champions. In 2017, our third year, the number of Grand Champions, all of whom visited 19 stores from Poulsbo to Kirkland to Queen Anne to Georgetown in a single day, exploded to 320. We're hoping for even more in 2018!

Why Are We Celebrating Independent Bookstores?

Independent bookstores in the Pacific Northwest aren’t just brick and mortar storefronts. We’re part of a thriving literary scene made up of writers, readers, librarians, and publishers (which was declared by UNESCO in 2017 an official "City of Literature"). We’re local literary destinations for our communities and staffed by passionate, well-read booksellers. We’re entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. We’re lively performance spaces and quiet places where “just that right book” can be discovered.

Bookstores are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and develop each year. In a world of tweets, algorithms, and digital downloads customers find it reassuring to walk into a bookstore, smell the books, talk with a bookseller, and hold the books in their hands. This won’t change. And we’re here to stay.

How Does the Passport Challenge Work?

On Independent Bookstore Day, official Passport Maps are available at every participating Seattle-area store. (The stores are listed below.) On one side is a map (designed by Stephen Crowe at Third Place Books), and on the other is a list of every participating store, with address and contact information. When you visit each store on April 28, make sure to get your passport stamped by a store employee, and when you visit your last store for the day, turn in your passport. If you've visited three or more stores, in return you'll get a 30% coupon, good for a one-time use at any participating store. If your passport has stamps from all 19 stores*, we'll invite you to our Grand Champions party and get you your Grand Champion Card, good for a 25% discount all participating stores for the following year. (*For those stores with more than one location on the map (Liberty Bay Books, Third Place Books, and the University Book Store), you only need to get a stamp at one location for each store.)

When Does It Happen?

Seattle Independent Bookstore Day takes place on the last Saturday in April of every year, and in 2018, that Saturday falls on April 28. Individual stores choose their own operating hours, which are shown below.

How to Connect with Us

Visit our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Use #SEABookstoreDay if you want to add to the conversation. 

 

Participating Stores (see map below)

1. Ada's Technical Books

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425 15th Ave. E, Seattle

www.seattletechnicalbooks.com

(206) 322-1058

Bookstore Day hours: 8 am to 9 pm

 

4. Brick & Mortar Books

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7430 164th Ave. NE, Suite B105, Redmond

www.brickandmortarbooks.com

(425) 869-0606

Bookstore Day hours: 10 am to 9 pm

 

7. Elliott Bay Book Company

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1521 10th Ave., Seattle

www.elliottbaybook.com

(206) 624-6600

Bookstore Day hours: 10 am to 11 pm

 

10/11. Liberty Bay Books

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18881 D Front Street NE, Poulsbo

409 Pacific Ave., Bremerton

www.libertybaybooks.com

(360) 779-5909 (Poulsbo), (360) 626-3430 (Bremerton)

Bookstore Day hours: 8 am to 7 pm (Poulsbo), 10 am to 6 pm (Bremerton)

 

14. Open Books: A Poem Emporium

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2414 N 45th St., Seattle

openpoetrybooks.com

(206) 633-0811

Bookstore Day hours: 10 am to 7 pm

 

17. Secret Garden Books

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2214 NW Market St., Seattle

www.secretgardenbooks.com

(206) 789-5006

Bookstore Day hours: 10 am to 8 pm

 

22/23. University Book Store

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4326 University Way NE, Seattle

Mill Creek Town Center, 15311 Main St., Mill Creek

www.ubookstore.com

(206) 634-3400 (U District)

(425) 385-3530 (Mill Creek)

Bookstore Day hours: 10 am to 8 pm

2. Book Larder

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4252 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle

www.booklarder.com

(206) 397-4271

Bookstore Day hours: 11 am to 5 pm

 

5. Eagle Harbor Book Co.

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157 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island

www.eagleharborbooks.com

(206) 842-5332, (360) 692-2375

Bookstore Day hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm

 

8. Fantagraphics Bookstore

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1201 S Vale St., Seattle

fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore

(206) 557-4910

Bookstore Day hours: 11 am to 8 pm

 

12. Magnolia's Bookstore

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3206 W. McGraw St., Seattle

www.magnoliasbookstore.com

(206) 283-1062

Bookstore Day hours: 9 am to 6 pm

 

15. Phinney Books

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7405 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle

www.phinneybooks.com

(206) 297-2665

Bookstore Day hours: 9 am to 9 pm

 

18/19/20. Third Place Books

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17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101, Lake Forest Park

6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle

5041 Wilson Ave. S, Seattle

www.thirdplacebooks.com

(206) 366-3333 (Lake Forest Park)

(206) 525-2347 (Ravenna)

(206) 474-2200 (Seward Park)

Bookstore Day hours:

Lake Forest Park: 9 am to 10 pm

Ravenna: 8 am to 10 pm

Seward Park: 9 am to 10 pm

3. BookTree Kirkland

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609 Market Street, Kirkland

www.booktreekirkland.com

(425) 202-7791

Bookstore Day hours: 10 am to 8 pm

 

6. Edmonds Bookshop

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111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds

www.edmondsbookshop.com

(425) 775-2789

Bookstore Day hours: 9 am to 5 pm

 

9. Island Books

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3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island

www.islandbooks.com

(206) 232-6920

Bookstore Day hours: 8 am to 8 pm

 

13. The Neverending Bookshop

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10123 Main Pl., Suite 2, Bothell

www.theneverendingbookshop.com

(425) 415-1945

Bookstore Day hours: 9 am to 7 pm

 

16. Queen Anne Book Company

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1811 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle

www.qabookco.com

(206) 284-2427

Bookstore Day hours: 10 am to 5 pm

 

21. The Traveler

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256 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island

www.thetraveler.com

(206) 842-7578

Bookstore Day hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm

 
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