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Independent Bookstore Day!


Special products only sold in Indie Stores!

Join the party at your local Books Inc. with special events & more!

Opera Plaza @ 2PM - Pablo Hidalgo, creative executive at LucasFilm Story Group, and author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary  and co-author of Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded, releasing in April 2016. This event will feature a visit from members of the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion and photo ops with Stromtroopers and Kylo Ren will be a part of the fun! A portion of this event's proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Laurel Village

Morning activities – Learn How to Draw with local artists Jorey Hurley, author and illustrator of Hop, and Christie Matheson, author and illustrator of Touch the Brightest Star! (Ages 5+)

Afternoon activities – Kid’s Writing Workshop with Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of the Guardian Herd series! (Ages 9+)

Throughout the day – Find the Duck & Goose Game for kids! (Ages 3+) Literary Trivia Game for Adults – Gift cards and advanced reading copies will be prizes! Who’s your Rad Woman? – Inviting customers to draw and write about their Rad Woman. Stop by the store in the week leading up to Independent Bookstore Day to submit your Rad Woman. Home-baked treats from recent cookbooks. Mmmm!

End of the Day – Cocktail mixer


Throughout the day - Refreshments will be served. Plus, visit the selfie station and pose for a photo placing YOU on the cover of a book!

End of the day - Local business staffers are invited to a mix & mingle featuring refreshments and giveaways.

The Castro

Morning activities – Coffee & crafts

Afternoon activities  Wine pairing!Taste the perfect wine with the perfect book to go along with it!

Palo Alto  

1:00 PM Join the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre for Story Acting! Using familiar stories, improvisation, and creative movement, children leap into action as story characters! Classic children’s books are used to teach children how to use their bodies and voices to create fun and familiar characters. (Suggested ages: 4-6. Duration: 30 minutes. Space is limited please sign up at Books Inc. Palo Alto.

4:00 PM – It’s going to be a honkin’, quakin’ good time with Duck & Goose Storytime! We’re celebrating the latest Duck & Goose story, Duck & Goose, Let’s Dance by Tad Hills, with a special storytime featuring Lauren Savage. Lauren will perform the song that she wrote for the newest Duck and Goose book “Duck and Goose Let’s Dance.” (Ages 3+)

Throughout the day – Raffle giveaways including two tickets to a Children’s theater production. Plus, a Selfie Station and Poetry station!

Evening activities - Cocktail mixer


11:00 AM – BATTLEBO TOURNAMENT! BattleBo is a fun and exciting game, using Roshambo as the choosing method. Players compete, heads up or in multi-player tournaments. Victory is declared when player captures opponents castle! Join in on this fun, fast moving game for a chance to win exciting prizes! Click here to register.

3:00 PM Author Jane Havemeyer from local publisher Goosebottom Books is joining us for a reading of their critically acclaimed kid’s biography series, The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames. With focus on the great, yet rarely written about women of history, these books are great for girls and boys to expand their knowledge and horizons!

Mountain View @ 3PM - It’s going to be a honkin’, quakin’ good time with Duck & Goose Storytime! We’re celebrating the latest Duck & Goose story, Duck & Goose, Let’s Dance by Tad Hills, with a special storytime reading from Auntie Dori! Themed activities and giveaways will be a part of the fun. (Ages 3+)

Berkeley -  Become your favorite literary character with Berkeley's literary themed photobooth, LitBooth! Props and accessories will be provided for customers to transform themselves into Harry Potter, Gandalf, The Cat in the Hat, and more!


11:00 AM –  Local writer and rad woman Kate Schatz joins Alameda in celebration of the limited editioin Independent Bookstore Day vinyl, X is For . . . Performed by Bouquet B/W The Letter X. An awesome companion to the hit book, Rad American Women A-Z, X is For  features Angela Davis, Rebecca Solnit, Alice Bag, Charlene Yi, and many more rad women!

2:00 PM   Join in on the coloring book trend with a brand new take that is sure to become a favorite with Alameda's Paint-By-Sticker Hour! As in paint-by-number, each template is divided into dozens of spaces, each with a number that corresponds to a particular colored sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Add the next, and the next, and the next it s an activity that’s utterly absorbing as you watch a painting emerge from a flat black-and-white illustration to a dazzling image with color, body, spirit. Stickers and templates will be provided. Fun for kids and adults!

Event date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00am
Event address: 
All Indie Bookstores
Everywhere, CA
Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Visual Dictionary Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781465438164
Published: DK Children - December 18th, 2015

Duck & Goose, Let's Dance! (with an original song) Cover Image
By Tad Hills, Tad Hills (Illustrator), Lauren Savage (Lyrics by)
ISBN: 9780385372459
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 5th, 2016

Paint by Sticker: Create 12 Masterpieces One Sticker at a Time! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761187233
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 5th, 2016

One of Books Inc.’s favorite aspects of being booksellers is getting the chance to welcome and host hundreds of authors a year, from house-hold names to local, debut authors and we look forward to continuing to provide the Bay Area with “The Experience You Can’t Download” in our stores with traditional author talks and booksignings. In the meantime, we have an exciting list of virtual events and meet-and-greet booksignings on our calendar and we look forward welcoming you into this new format.

Sales equate success, and as with in-store events, booksales made from an independent bookstore benefit the author, publisher, and lead to future event bookings. Please help us keep the Bay Area the wonderful literary hub that it is by supporting your local Books Inc.