Independent Bookstore Day 2021
Dear Bookstore Friends,

It's almost time! Independent Bookstore Day takes place on the last Saturday in April at more than 450 bookstores nationwide, including right here at Changing Hands. We're celebrating with free virtual events, social media giveaways, an Indie Press Spotlight in partnership with some fellow indie bookstores, and a special Indie Bookstore Day surprise, which we'll reveal later this week. (Watch your inbox and our social media for details.)

Not into virtual? Mask up and join us in Tempe or Phoenix to w
ander the aisles, browse the new release tables, explore the staff picks wall, and lose yourself in your favorite section of the store, just for a little while. The outside world can wait, and we'd love to see you!

If you visit our Phoenix location, be sure to stop by our First Draft Book Bar for an IBD exclusive: a complimentary Lavender Lemonade Iced Tea and a sample of our signature Brown Butter Double Chocolate Chip cookies.

If you're not ready to visit in person, you can celebrate by shopping for books on our website or downloading ebooks from our page. You can even snail-mail a care package to a fellow book lover, or send an eGift Card.

However you celebrate, here's wishing you a safe and happy Independent Bookstore Day, today and every day.

With ❤️ and great books,
Changing Hands Bookstore



FREE virtual events

These events are hosted by the Indie Bookstore Day team, not by Changing Hands Bookstore. Please visit the IBD virtual event page, as new events may be added.

4:30PM (7:30 ET) THURSDAY, APRIL 22
FREE EVENT | Join in for an evening with Indie Bookstore Day author ambassador Glennon Doyle to celebrate bookstores, readers, and the entire bookish ecosystem. Zoom Link »

4:30PM (7:30 ET) FRIDAY, APRIL 23
"Solving Mysteries & Fighting Injustice" with YA Authors Angeline BoulleySara FaringTiffany D. Jackson, and Kim Johnson. Zoom Link »

FREE EVENT FOR KIDS | Drawing with Estelí Meza, illustrator of Peace. On Independent Bookstore day, bring your pencils and paints and get ready to make art with Esteli! Zoom Link »

FREE EVENT | Beyond Fabio: The Modern Romance. Join authors Georgia Clark, Talia Hibbert and Thien-Kim Lam for a discussion of the modern romance novel and a celebration of all things hot, steamy, meet-cute, and happily ever after. Zoom Link »


Indie Press Spotlight

A free virtual Indie Bookstore Day event hosted by our friends at Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver.



Get a FREE audiobook

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Shout out your indie, win prizes!

Now through April 24, the IBD team is choosing random winners who post literary selfies using the steps above. Winners will receive an Indie Bookstores of the United States map, a 2021 IBD tote bag, and free audiobooks courtesy of our partners at


A word from Glennon Doyle, 2021 Indie Bookstore Day Ambassador


Indie Bookstore Day at First Draft

At our First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix, we're thrilled to see so many friendly faces returning to the space. To celebrate Indie Bookstore Day, we've baked bite-size versions of our famous Brown Butter Double Chocolate Chip cookies. We're also brewing up something special to wash it down: refreshing Lavender Lemonade Iced Tea. Both are on the house, while supplies last, when you visit First Draft Book Bar, inside the Phoenix location of Changing Hands Bookstore, on Saturday, April 24.

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