An Indie Celebration on April 30

On the final Saturday of this month, hundreds of independent bookstores around the country will celebrate their existence in characteristic fashion—promoting books, specialty gift items, author appearances, and assorted festivities. Politics & Prose is proud to participate in this second annual Independent Bookstore Day on April 30. We see it as an opportunity not only to highlight the important role indies play in local communities but also to show our appreciation to the countless customers who’ve supported P&P and other indies over the years and who still keep us going.

To mark the occasion, we’re gearing up for an all-day celebration with exclusive books, special literary items, events highlighting local authors, fun giveaways, and more. Among the offerings created especially for the day are: a Neil Gaiman coloring book, tea towels with quotes from David Mitchell and Anna Quindlen, essays by Anne Patchett titled The Care and Feeding of an Independent Bookstore, and a Perfect Burger print signed by Anthony Bourdain. All are available only in limited quantities starting on April 30—so when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Our Children and Teens Department will be marking the day by encouraging younger readers to get creative. Staff members will host an afternoon book-making class, where kids can create their own mini-masterpieces to take home. Also on hand will be some Independent Bookstore Day merchandise just for kids, including a “Read With Me” Curious George monkey and a drawing guide with tips from such illustrators as Mo Willems and Tedd Arnold.

Bookstores couldn’t be bookstores without authors, and we’re fortunate to have many in the P&P community, a number of whom have published their work using our book-printing machine, nicknamed Opus. Please join some of these talented local writers as they read from their works in a special event on April 30 at 3:30 p.m.

Two other P&P events that day also will feature authors with strong DC connections. At 1 p.m., former Grantland writer Louisa Thomas will discuss The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams in conversation with Tayla Burney as part of WAMU’s In Your Bookstore series. Then at 6 p.m. fiction workshop teacher Dana Cann will present his debut novel, Ghosts of Bergen County.

P&P’s recently renovated coffeehouse, The Den, will be getting into the spirit of the day as well with batches of “Bookies,” or book-shaped cookies. If you haven’t yet experienced The Den since it’s opening earlier this month, Independent Bookstore Day provides a great opportunity to do so.

Hopefully we’ve piqued your curiosity, but we don’t want to reveal all that’s coming. As Independent Bookstore Day draws closer, follow P&P’s social media to find out more about exclusive merchandise that will be available and some fun competitions. And on April 30, walk up to a P&P bookseller, whether at the main store or one of our locations at Busboys and Poets, and recite P&P’s motto, “So Many Books, So Little Time.” Don’t be surprised if you get something special in return!

— Brad and Lissa