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!

Both Changing Hands locations will feature a variety of activities to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. From craft stations, face painting, and 5 minute Tarot readings to shelfie stations and literary trivia, there's something to interest book nerds of all ages! We'll also be selling exclusive Indie Bookstore Day merchandise from your favorite authors.


9am | Enjoy a free drip coffee from Wildflower Bread Company in Tempe and First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix.

10am | Join us in Phoenix for face painting and story time with a special guest. Parents can also enjoy mimosas for $4 at First Draft Book Bar (in our Phoenix store). There will be face painting at the Tempe store as well as Book Doctors on hand to help find the perfect book to heal what ails you.

11am | Children's book author and illustrator Adam Rex will be in Tempe for a special drawing story time. Phoenix will have a Dragons and Heroes storytime. There will also be Book Doctors in both stores to help find the perfect book to heal what ails you.

Noon - 2pm | At noon we'll get crafty! Learn how to make square bookmarks in both stores and enjoy drink specials in Phoenix at the First Draft Book Bar. Customers stopping by our Tempe location can also play the Paperback Game during the 1 o'clock hour.

2pm - 4pm | Visit the Four Chambers table in both Tempe and Phoenix to request a poem on demand. Local poets will be on hand to write and type up a unique poem just for you! At 4pm in Tempe, visit our crafting table to make your own book quote bookmarks.

5pm | Literary Jeopardy in Tempe. Compete with book nerds to win store gift cards, First Draft merchandise, and free galleys! Local brewery tasting at First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix.

6pm-8pm | Tarot readers will provide 5 minute readings in both stores. In Phoenix Literary Trivia, hosted by Arizona Republic Reporter and First Draft Book Club host, Barbara VanDenburgh, will pair with reverse happy hour at First Draft. Compete with book nerds to win store gift cards, First Draft merchandise, and free galleys!


Gift Card From April 19 through April 28, get a free raffle ticket with any purchase. Return to the store on Independent Bookstore Day to enter your tickets. You could win a $100 Changing Hands gift card! More info »



Remember, these items are both limited in quantity and available in-person only at either Changing Hands Bookstore on Saturday, April 29. We are not allowed to take pre-orders or reserve items.

Arizona WildernessA Literary Cocktail Party - $16.99
This fun and useful book contains funny anecdotes and witty stories along with cocktail recipes from some of our favorite writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass's namesake cocktail, the Julia's Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub.

Arizona WildernessWelcome to Night Vale Vinyl Record - $24.95
A vinyl edition of the bestselling Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Based on the tremendously popular podcast of the same name. This edition features highlights from the audiobook and exclusive commentary from Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, and Cecil Baldwin. Beautifully packaged with "flypaper" sleeve, the purple vinyl also includes a full-length digital download of the Welcome to Night Vale audiobook performed by Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Thérèse Plummer, and Dan Bittner.

Arizona Wilderness"Lost & Found" Original Print by Jenny Lawson - $17.99
This original, black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is inspired by her forthcoming activity book You Are Here. The pro-books, pro-reading design is printed on archival, gallery quality paper and can be framed and hung as is or used as a large-format coloring poster.

Arizona WildernessA Literary Map of the U.S. - $42.00
The 52 titles featured on this beautiful literary map of the US are an unpredictable mix of modern classics and more obscure novels that create a reading list for America. Each state is represented by a single novel that captures some important essence of its setting.


Arizona WildernessAn Author's Best Friend Canine Canvas Pouch - $14.00
This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features portraits of real author dogs like Sparky Patchett and Jennie Sendak. All hand drawn especially for Independent Bookstore Day.

Chris WareLiterary Condoms - $3.99
These cleverly beautiful literary condoms were developed by Booksmith in San Francisco for Bookstore Day 2016. Each pack of 12 contains six "Give Me That Darcy" Jane Austen condoms and six "Great Expectations" condoms.

Arizona WildernessBad Citizen Stencil - $35.00
The fourth edition of Independent Bookstore Day's collectible Bad Citizen stencil series reads: "CENSORSHIP IS TO ART AS LYNCHING IS TO JUSTICE." (Henry Louis Gates Jr.). Laser cut on 1/8"-thick red oak board.

Arizona WildernessLiterary Tea Towels - $22.00
This year's flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes: "ONE CANNOT THINK WELL, LOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL, IF ONE HAS NOT DINED WELL." – VIRGINIA WOOLF, A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN

Arizona WildernessElephant & Piggie "Read" Onesie - $22.00
This soft cotton onesie featuring Mo Willems' wonderful Elephant and Piggie and an encouragement to READ makes the perfect baby gift for bibliophiles.

Arizona WildernessChild of Books Print by Oliver Jeffers - $29.99
From the acclaimed New York Times bestseller and #1 Indie Next title A Child of Books, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston offer an exclusive signed fine art print for book lovers of all ages. This lyrical picture book showcasing Jeffers's elegant images combined with Winston's typographical landscapes shaped from excerpts of children's classics inspires readers to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine.

Arizona WildernessGot Character? Card Game - FREE while supplies last
The Got Character? card game uses classic and contemporary characters from Macmillan's bestselling and award-winning titles like Bad Kitty and Tikki Tikki Tembo to update Go Fish. Large cards are made for little hands.

Chris Ware"Kindred Spirits" by Rainbow Rowell - FREE while supplies last
A short story about a girl camping out to see the new Star Wars movie who unexpectedly meets an unlikely someone who might truly understand the way she feels. Charming and romantic.


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

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