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Independent Bookstore Day

  • Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse 1010 Foothill Boulevard La Cañada Flintridge (map)

a national celebration celebrating its 5th year

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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.

Why celebrate independent bookstores?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

Here is who we have lined up thus far (stay tuned for more as we add activities to the schedule):

ART:

Paper mache and felt “Bird Mandala” by Ulla Anobile

Paper mache and felt “Bird Mandala” by Ulla Anobile

Seed bead necklace by Little Muse Designs

Seed bead necklace by Little Muse Designs

10:30 AM – 3 PM: Anthe Wosczyna, LITTLE MUSE DESIGNS, seed bead jewelry

On-going exhibition in the coffeehouse: Papier mache work by Ulla Anobile

STORYTIME:

10:30 AM-Noon: DAN SANTAT, Drawn Together & After the Fall (ages 4-8)

Noon-1:30 PM: BENSON SHUM, Holly’s Day at the Pool & Go to Sheep? (ages 2-4)

GUEST AUTHORS AND PRESENTERS:

11 AM-1 PM: SUSAN LATEMPA, Paperback L.A.: A Casual Anthology

11 AM-1 PM: DARIO CiVON, A MILLENNIAL  FIELD GUIDE + GEN Z

1-3 PM: MARISSA KENNERSON, Tarot (YA Fiction) & Tarot readings by INANNAMOON, intuitive medium  & certified spirituaL advisor

1-3 PM:  JAMES ASHLEY, JPL Planetary Scientist, presents - Exploring Caves on the Moon & Mars

3-5 PM: MARC YABLONKA, Vietnam Bao Chi: Warriors of Word and Film (Military History)

3-5 PM: JOSEPH PUGLIA, Girl with the Purple Ribbon (Fiction set in the Vietnam War era)

IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:

3-5 PM: Poetry Reading w/ CHARLES JENSEN, Nanopedia (LGBTQIA Studies) & SHEILA MCMULLIN, daughterrarium. Come early to sign up for Open Mic.

Plus A Where’s Waldo contest, give-aways, coloring & poetry table, game demos, book drawings & more.