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Independent Bookstore Day is Here!

Independent Bookstore Day is Here!

Writers need readers. Writers are readers. Readers need books.

This Saturday, April 29th, keep your book buying local and participate in Independent Bookstore Day. The event is nationwide and many small shops are participating. New books, old books, traditionally published, indie published – it’s all out there and yours for the buying.

If you’ve been saving up to splurge on a stack of new reading material, now is the time, book lovers.

As writers, we never know what experience will seed the plot of our next book, or what stranger will shape a character that will drive readers positively wild with anticipation. And, anyway, what better place to hunt for ideas than in a bookstore?

On Saturday, carve out some time from your day to go book shopping. Bring a friend and make an afternoon adventure of it. Find something mysterious at the bookstore and tweet a picture of it. Copy me (@dcPriya). See what the tweeps have to say about it. Make some new friends. Buy a book. Buy two. Read them. Feel your fingers itch for the keyboard. Begin writing a story of your own.

Yes, all in one day.

Most of all, on this Independent Bookstore Day, stand among the shelves and let the magic of all those words on all those pages inspire you to pursue your passion for reading, for writing.


The Independent Bookstore Day event is nationwide. Below, find a list of independent bookstores in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that are participating in this day of Indie love. For additional states, cities, and locations, there is handy guide, complete with maps, on the official website of the Independent Bookstore Day event.

Capitol Hill Books
657 C Street, SE,
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1621

Barstons Child’s Play
5536 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington D.C. 20015
(202) 244-3602

East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20003

Fairy Godmother – Children’s Books and Toys
(No Website)
319 7th St, SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20003
(202) 547-5474

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 364-1919



Hooray for Books!
1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

One More Page Books
2200 N Westmoreland St
Arlington, VA 22213

Scrawl Books
11862 Market St.
Reston, VA 20190

Winchester Book Gallery
185 North Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601



Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21211

Books With A Past: Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street
Savage, MD 20763
(443) 753- 3131

Curious Iguana
12 N Market St
Frederick, MD 21701

The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21209

Novel Books
23330 Frederick Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871
(301) 972-3060

Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse
35 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 626-2020

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