California Bookstore Day Expands to Independent Bookstore Day! In 2015 California Bookstore Day is expanding to include independent bookstores all over the country! Join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at your neighborhood Books Inc. for special author guests, exclusive book and art pieces, and more!

Big plans are still in the works - Check this space for more author visits and special events.

From 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Books Inc. Laurel  Village proudly welcomes author and illustrator Andrew DeGraff for an exclusive sneak peek at his forthcoming October, 2015 release Plotted: A Literary Atlas. Laurel Village will have copies of Huckleberry Finn’s Mississippi River Journey: A Literary Map from Plotted available for sale. So stop by, grab a copy, and have the artist himself sign it just for you!

From 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Books Inc. Laurel  Village welcomes local author, doodler, and former Books Inc. bookseller, Maggie Tokuda-Hall in celebration of her new book Instant Haiku!

From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Books Inc. in The Castro proudly welcomes McSweeney’s founder, 826 Valencia co-founder, and all around amazing wealth of knowledge Dave Eggers. Dave will be on hand to help you realize your truest social media self: by editing your dating profile!  Yes, Mr Eggers is really good at words stuffs, which is, after all, what’s most important on all those sites! Please note: Due to time constraints this event will be limited to 10-minutes per person and each participant will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis off of a sign-up sheet in the store beginnning when the store opens at 10:00 AM.

From 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Books Inc. in The Castro is serving up Tea Time Tarot with Michelle Tea. Join us for an hour of tea sipping and reading Tarot reading from author, poet, and home-grown talent Michelle Tea.  Take a moment out of your day to enjoy some scrumptious snacks & have Ms. Tea impart unto you her bounty of wisdom. Dave Eggers will also be sticking around to autograph books from 4:00 to 5:00 PM!

From 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Books Inc. in Palo Alto very excitedly presents Storytime with the Stanford Tree! A variety of picture books will be read by Stanford Band's mascot and the whole family is invited to join in on the fun.

Throughout the Day Books Inc. in Palo Alto snacks and drinks (with cocktails featured in Tim Federle's books Tequila Mockingbird and Hickory Daiquiri Dock) will be offered, and raffle giveaways (including free books) will be announced. Local authors will also be stopping by to recommend their favorite reads and will read from and autograph copies of their own titles! Joining the party beginning at 1:00 PM will be Sheralee Iglehart (with puppets!), followed by Tracy Guzeman from 1:30 to 2:00 PM, Terri Farley from 2:30 to 3:00 PM, Heather Haven from 3:30 to 4:00 PM, Stuart Rojstaczer from 4:00 to 4:30 PM, and Annemarie O'Brien from 4:30 to 5:00 PM.

All day at Books Inc. in Mountain View they will be giving away a free 3-D postcard (featuring a beautiful picture of the Golden Gate Bridge) to those that purchase 4 greeting cards.

Throughout the day at Books Inc. in Burlingame local authors will be stopping by to meet-and-greet with their fans and recommend their favorite books. From 3:00 to 4:00 PM meet and greet Patrick Hunt, followed by Jan Ellison and Sandra Feder from 4:00  to 5:00 PM, and from 5:00 to 6:00 PM get to know Mark Shaw. Refreshments and snacks will be served throughout the day.

Beginning at 2:30 PM Books Inc. in Alameda and Raising A Reader are celebrating with a launch party for the fabulous new book Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! with author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl!

Books Inc. in Alameda is celebrating books, beards, and beer beginning at 5:00 PM. Join us for a celebration of all things California based, created, nurtured, and grown with Father and Sons Beard Co. owner Johnny DePalma and company. Founded in the 1800's and recently featured in British GQ, Father and Sons Beard Co. prides itself on providing "individuals with organic ingredients that enhance their beard and skins natural beauty." We'd love to invite all bearded gentleman to join us for a grand group photo! Accompanying the books and beards will be our neighbors from Alameda Island Brewing Company!


Passport to #Bookstoreday

Download and Print Here!


1. Buy something at 3 (or more) of the
participating bookstores                                                     
on May 2nd, 2015.

2. At each bookstore ask for a stamp in your
passport when you make your purchase.

3.  Everytime you reach 3 new stamps you
qualify for a prize!

So at the 3rd (and the
6th, the 9th. . .) ask for your chance to pick a
prize from that store’s prize box                   






Independent Bookstore Day Raffle!










Event date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00am
Event address: 
Your Local Books Inc.