Indie Bookstore Day April 28

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Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Events all day: Author Appearances | Contests | Door Prizes | Special Deals & Coupons | More

Scheduled Activities

  • Book art workshop 10:30 am: – Book-artist Becca Imbur leads a class for 8 and up to create a flower fold book. $15 and includes all supplies. Registration is required; seating is limited. Call 540-206-2505 to register. 
  • Local Author signings 11 am – 1 pm: Check out your talented friends and neighbors and their recent releases: Jane FentonKE Lanning, John J. Jessop, Betsy Ashton and Melissa Gay
  • Book Launch 1:30 pm: Hollins University creative writing professor Cathy Hankla reads Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home, her new memoir. (Books available in advance or day of event.)
  • Preview all dayThe Great American Read Voting – 100 of America’s best-ever fiction. What’s your favorite? What’s Western Virginia’s Favorite. Local voting begins on Bookstore Day. National voting May 20

Independent Bookstore Exclusives

(supplies are limited)

  • Horton and Maisy “read-with-me” Bookstore Day plushes and matching books.
  • A Book on the Table: The 2018 flash-fiction collection from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, and Amy Bloom.
  • Signed original prints from juvenile graphic novelist and Caldecott winner Vera Brosgol. Her new book Be Prepared (release  4/24/2018), illustrates how reading and books can get you through a long, hot summer full of threats and turmoil (watch out for those paper cuts).

Deals and Freebies

  • Free audio books from Libro let’s you “shop local” for your audio books. Preview the list here.
  • Harry Potter giveaway – It’s a secret, so drop by to see what we have (Supplies are limited.)
  • Llama Llama – coloring books, crayons, stickers (Supplies are limited.)
  • Savings Coupon for $3 off any one item over $10. April 28, 2018 only; limit one per customer. Pick up in the store in advance or download.
  • Munchies all day!

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2 Responses

  1. Betsy Ashton

    I would like to be included in the Local Author Signing part of the day-long events. You’ll probably need my bio and what books I’ll be signing. Feel free to shorten any of this.

    Betsy Ashton, born in Washington, DC, was raised in Southern California where she ran wild with coyotes in the hills above Malibu. She is the author of the Mad Max Mystery series, Unintended Consequences, Uncharted Territory, and Unsafe Haven. Her stand-alone serial killer psychological thriller, Eyes Without A Face, was published late in 2017. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in several anthologies including 50 Shades of Cabernet, Candles of Hope, and Reflections on Smith Mountain Lake. She is the past president of the state-wide Virginia Writers Club. She loves riding behind her husband on his motorcycle. You’ll have to decide for yourself if and where she has a tattoo.

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