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VASHTI HARRISON at Books Inc. Alameda

New York Times-bestselling author & illustrator Vashti Harrison joins us at Books Inc. in Alameda in celebration of her charming new work of non-fiction for kids, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World. (Ages 8+)

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316475174
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

KIM DOWER & ERICA JONG at Books Inc. Berkeley

Join Books Inc. in Berkeley for "2 Friends, 2 Poets, 1 Great Reading" with bestselling writer Kim Dower sharing her extraordinary new collection, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave, and prolific poet, novelist, and essayist Erica Jong sharing her engrossing new collection, The World Began With Yes

Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597096218
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Red Hen Press - April 2019

The World Began with Yes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098465
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Red Hen Press - April 16th, 2019


Independent Bookstore Day is TODAY, but the fun started April 1!  You can catch up!

Download your passport here!


A library of books worth over $1000, hand selected by your favorite booksellers!

To qualify for the Grand Prize drawing, visit 10 of these stores in April, have each store sign off on the back of this sheet, and then submit this Book Lover Quest form to one of the stores listed here on Independent Bookstore Day, April 29.  It's as easy as that. No problem for a book lover such as you, right?

Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations!

Featuring special guest authors, limited edition merch, and more! 

Cover images for Larry Gets Lost in SF & Seattle, Larry the dog illustration

Books Inc. in The Marina at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM - Get lost and found at Books Inc. in The Marina and join the fun at our Larry Gets Lost Storytime! Featuring readings of Larry Gets Lost in Seattle: 10th Anniversary Edition, along with other books in this adorable series. Themed activities and crafts will be a part of the fun. (Ages 3+)


Christie Matheson photo, cover images for Plant the Tiny Seed, Poky Little Puppy, and the Thank You Book

Books Inc. in Laurel Village is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day all day long with fun storytimes for kids and mixers for adults!

Throughout the day sample delicious baked treats made using recipes from Laurel Village's favorite new cookbooks, then join in on the ongoing Go Fish! card game.

10:00 AM - Acclaimed author & illustrator Christie Matheson joins us for a reading of her latest book, Plant the Tiny Seed! Christie will be leading a garden mural making session following her reading! (Ages 3+)

11:30 AM - Celebrate the work of Oliver Jeffers with a storytime reading of his adorable and hilarious picture books such as The Day the Crayons QuitA Child of BooksLost and Found, and more! (Ages 3+)

2:00 PM - Elephant & Piggie Tea Time! Join us for afternoon snacks, tea, and readings of books from the bestselling Elephant & Piggie series.(Ages 3+) 

3:00 PM - Little Golden Books "75 Years and Still Golden" - What story do you have to tell? Join us for a bookmaking craft session and make your very own Little Golden Book! (Ages 6+) 

Literary Cocktail Party cover image


Books Inc. in Laurel Village at 6:00 PM - Cheers! Join us for a cocktail mixer featuring drinks from A Literary Cocktail Party: Favorite Drinks from Our Favorite Writers. This fabulous limited edition book was created for this year's Independent Bookstore Day and features recipes from authors Sloane Crosley, Anthony Marra, James Patterson, and more, and is complete with illustrations by Bay Area Bookseller Ashley Despain.



A Psalm for Lost Girls, The Inconceivable Life of Quinn, and I'll Give You the Sun cover images

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza at 2:00 PM - Not Your Mother's Book Club proudly presents Katie Bayerl, author of A Psalm for Lost Girls; Marianna Baer, author of The Inconceivable Life of Quinn; and Jandy Nelson, author of I'll Give You the Sun!



Magnetic Poetry logo

Books Inc. in Santa Clara, all day  - Create your own poetry using Magnetic Poetry kits and experience the simple freedom and joy of putting words together. We will have several kits to intermix on mobile metal surfaces for your poetic inspiration to take flight. MagPo, it's not just for the fridge! 



Little Golden Book busBooks Inc. in Santa Clara at 11:00 AM - The Little Golden Bus Tour and Art Show is coming to Santa Clara Square! Wrapped in artwork and images of beloved characters from classic Little Golden Books, this interactive bus shares the history of Little Golden Books and more! (Ages 2+)

11:00 AM - Meet the Poky Little Puppy; 11:30 AM - Little Golden Books Storytime; 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Make Your Own Little Golden Books; 12:00 PM - Meet the Poky Little Puppy; 12:30 PM - Little Golden Books Storytime

Noisy Night cover image


Books Inc. in Santa Clara at 6:30 PM - Let's make some noise! Join us in Santa Clara for a PJ Storytime reading of Mac Barnett's silly new picture book, Noisy Night.  (Ages 4+)



Love on a Leash logo


Books Inc. in Palo Alto from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Curl up with a book and a furry friend! Local nonprofit Love on a Leash will be bringing in dogs (and a cat!) to Books Inc. in Palo Alto for your little ones to read to. With studies showing improvement in reading skills, reading to dogs also provides kids with social and emotional benefits. (Ages 3+)



Meg Waite Clayton author photo and My Bookstore cover image


Books Inc. in Palo Alto at 5:00 PM - New York Times-bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton joins us in Palo Alto for an in-conversation in honor of the paperback release of the essay collection, My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop. Meg will be in conversation with Books Inc. co-owner Margie Scott Tucker.




kid talking on a soapbox


Books Inc. in Burlingame at 2:00 PM - Hear ye, hear ye! Books Inc. in Burlingame wants to put great works of literature in the hands of the future. We're inviting kids between the ages of 7 and 17 to read passages from classics of literature. Join us for this community-bonding event! 



Ashlee Vance author photo and Elon Musk cover image


Books Inc. in Mountain View at 1:00 PM - Nationally recognized technology writer Ashlee Vance joins Books Inc. in Mountain View for a meet-and-greet booksigning of his New York Times-bestselling biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.



What We Talk About When We Talk About Dystopia


Books Inc. in Berkeley at 2:00 PM - It's the end of the world as we know it . . . at least in fiction. Authors Shanthi Sekaran, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, and Ramona Ausubel join us for the "What We Tallk About When We Talk About Dystopia" panel discussing what it means to read dystopian literature in this day and age. This conversation will be moderated by author Anne Nesbet



Since We Fell cover image and cocktail photo


Books Inc. in Alameda at 5:00 PM - It's Five O' Clock Somwhere! Say Cheers in celebration of Dennis Lehane's masterful new thriller, Since We Fell, with a brand new cocktail crafted by Books Inc.'s resident mixologist, Nick Petrulakis. A brand new Drinks with Nick cocktail will be crafted on Facebook Live while Nick offers up his review of this fantastic book. Stop by the store for a sample, or follow the fun on Books Inc. in Alameda's Facebook page.  Click here to follow Books Inc. in Alameda on Facebook. 



Scroll back to the top of this page for the downloadable Indie Bookstore Passport! Visit 10 indie bookstores in the month of April and turn in your passport to be entered to win a library of over 40 books selected as favorites by your local booksellers.

Indie Bookstore Day items

Exclusive Items! Created for Independent Bookstore Day 2017, these items will be available for purchase in limited quantities at Books Inc. locations on April 29th.

From top left: "Lost and Found" signed print by Jenny Lawson; Elephant & Piggie "Read" onesie;"Bad Citizen" graffiti stencil with quote by Henry Louis Gates Jr.; "Child of Books" signed print by Oliver Jeffers; Vinyl edition of Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor; An Author's Best Friend canvas pouch by Caryn Cast; The Sandemeyer Reaction: A Short Story signed by Michael Chabon; Literary Tea Towlels with quotes by Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf; A Literary Cocktail Party: Favorite Drinks from Our Favorite Writers recipe book; "Give Me That Darcy" Jane Austen condoms, and "Great Expectations" Charles Dickens condoms.


Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on April 29th and get free audiobooks courtesy of Libro.fm!

Indie Bookstore logo for LibroFMVisit any Books Inc. location on Independent Bookstore Day for the opportunity to download five complimentary digital audiobooks from Libro.fm, plus two incredible samplers! Titles include #1 Indie Next Pick The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, and David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Funny Thing I'll Never Do Again

How do you participate? Easy. Show up at any Books Inc. location on April 29th, and be sure to create your Libro.fm account now so you can get updates as the event draws closer. 


CHERYL MITCHELL WADE at Books Inc. Alameda

Local writer Cheryl Mitchell Wade discusses her expressive debut novel, Photogenic: Where a Photograph Is a Time Travel Portal to Live a Second Chance.

Have you ever wished for a time machine to start over? What would you do if offered the chance to correct your life altering mistake?

Photogenic: Where a Photograph Is a Time Travel Portal to Live a Second Chance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692175316
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cheryl Mitchell Wade - August 20th, 2018

TERRY SHAMES at Books Inc. in Berkeley

Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime member Terry Shames joins us in celebration of the latest installment in her Samuel Craddock Mystery Series, A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary.

After using an online dating site for senior citizens, town favorite Loretta Singletary--maker of cinnamon rolls and arbiter of town gossip--goes missing.

A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary: A Samuel Craddock Mystery (Samuel Craddock Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633884908
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Seventh Street Books - April 23rd, 2019