Independent Bookstore Day Celebration

Independent Bookstore Day Celebration

Independent Bookstore DayYou've heard of Record Store Day. You've heard of Free Comic Book Day. Now there's Independent Bookstore Day, a nationwide celebration of indie bookstores like Changing Hands!

At both Changing Hands locations, we're selling exclusive merchandise from your favorite authors, raffling off two $100 Changing Hands gift cards, hosting a literary trivia contest at our First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix, and more.


Arizona WildernessPhoenix • Arizona Wilderness Tap Takeover
The acclaimed local brewer, recently voted the Best New Brewery in the World, commandeers all four taps at our own First Draft Book Bar, the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix. For one day only we'll be pouring their award-winning Refuge IPA, Salt River Saison, Grapefruit Gose, and Superstition Coffee Stout. Bookstore Day never tasted so good! (Limit one filled growler per customer.)

Arizona Wilderness10am • Tempe • Storytime with Molly Idle
The Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator presents her new picture book Flora and the Peacocks.

Arizona Wilderness6pm • Phoenix • Literary Trivia Contest
Join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar for a night of literary trivia. Your prize should you prove to be the biggest lit nerd? A Gertrude stein. Seriously.


Gift CardDuring the month of April we gave you free raffle tickets with any purchase of $10 or more. Now it's time to fill them out and return to Changing Hands! Drop them in the raffle bucket on Independent Bookstore Day for your chance to win a $100 Changing Hands gift card. We'll notify the winners on Sunday, May 1. More »


Arizona WildernessAnthony Bourdain's Perfect Burger Print
A beautifully illustrated guide to making the perfect burger. Each gallery quality print is signed by Anthony Bourdain.

Arizona WildernessLiterary Tea Towels
This set of 100% cotton flour sack tea towels read, "I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves." (Anna Quindlen) and "A half-read book is a half-finished love affair." (David Mitchell).

Arizona WildernessNeil Gaiman Coloring Book
The Neil Gaiman Coloring Book includes 20 pieces of black-and-white art by Chris Riddell and quotes from Neil Gaiman — taken from the pages of Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Fortunately, the Milk — all ready to be colored in!

Arizona WildernessX is For… Vinyl Record
This companion record to the Rad American Women A-Z was created just for Independent Bookstore Day. Side A features "X is For…", an original alphabet song by Carolyn Pennypacker-Riggs of Bouquet. Side B is a reading of the X chapter from the book featuring the voices of Angela Davis, Rebecca Solnit, Charlene Yi, and many more rad women.

Arizona WildernessBad Citizen Stencil
The third edition of Independent Bookstore Day's collectible Bad Citizen stencil series reads: "Think Before You Speak. Read Before You Think" (Fran Lebowitz). Laser cut on 1/8"-thick red oak board.

Chris WareOriginal Chris Ware Print
Super rare leftovers! Now selling at online auction sites for more than twice their original value, we've got a handful of signed and numbered Chris Ware prints from last year's Independent Bookstore Day, which we're selling for the original price. It's a wordless print about reading, parenting, and education consisting of images from his award-winning Building: Stories. From a limited edition of 500 signed, numbered giclée prints on Hahnemühle German Etching 310 gsm 100% acid-free fine art paper, shrink wrapped on acid-free foam core.

Arizona WildernessGertrude Stein
A stein is a stein is a stein is a stein. Unless you're talking about our Gertrude stein! We commissioned local designer Safwat Saleem to design this ceramic ode to the great writer. Get yours on Indie Bookstore Day, and get drinking.


Arizona WildernessShow your love on social media for @BookstoreDay and @ChangingHands! We've created GIANT book cover cut-outs so you can be the star of your own "memoir" of a bookish life.


Independent Bookstore Day400 bookstores. Exclusive books and art pieces. One day only. Join the party!

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they're community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”
—Anne Patchett, bestselling author and co-owner of Parnassus Books