Independent Bookstore Day is May 2. On this day in particular, shoppers are encouraged to show their support for the independent bookstore in or near their communities.
The American Booksellers Association represents hundreds of indie bookstores around the country. Founded in 1900, it prides itself on being “a national not-for-profit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores grow and succeed.” Naturally, it is helping to promote awareness of Independent Bookstore Day.
Using your zip code, you can search the ABA’s site to locate the member bookstores near you. An internet map service such as Google Maps can help you locate other indie booksellers who happen not to be members of the ABA. The national holiday has its roots in the California Bookstore Day, so the site commemorating it provides an interactive map of participating indie bookstores nationwide.
The name of some indie bookstores are whimsical applications of literary license, such as A Book for All Seasons in Leavenworth, Washington, A Novel Experience in Zebulon, Georgia, and Mystery to Me in Madison, Wisconsin. Other indie bookstores are so well established they have become institutions within their communities such as the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, and Rakestraw Books in Danville, California. Still others occupy buildings of historical significance such as Sundance Bookstore & Music in Reno, Nevada, (see accompanying image) and Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, Tennessee.