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Independent Bookstore Day

It's back! Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 29th, with literary parties around the country, and Main Street Books couldn't be more excited to celebrate. This year, we're pulling out all the bells and whistles to thank you, our kind, loyal, literary customers, for 30 years of thoughtful conversations, uninhibited stories, book sales, author event attendance, and friendly hellos.

And, of course, don't forget about the swag! Main Street Books will offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 150 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day, including Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxanne Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, and Stephen King.

Also plan to stop by the store for free food and drink in the morning and evening, a rotating cast of Celebrity Booksellers, and much more (see the full schedule below).


9:30 - 11 a.m. Waffles
With purchase of any item at Main Street Books, customers will be invited to indulge in waffles and toppings supplied by Cast Iron Waffles of Huntersville.

10 - 10:30 a.m. Storytime with Davidson Elementary teachers Walter Rabb and Thomas Underhill
Davidson Elementary Physical Education teacher Walter Rabb and Davison Elementary 5th Grade teacher Thomas Underhill will host Saturday morning storytime, introducing their favorite picture books to kids of all ages.

12 - 12:30 p.m. Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me featuring Betty and Barbara
Former proprietors of Main Street Books, Betty Reinke and Barbara Freunde, will join a volunteer audience member in competition, answering questions in the style of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, but focusing on literature rather than politics.

2 - 2:30 p.m. Finish the Lyrics featuring writers Rosie Molinary and Phillip Lewis
Rosie Molinary and Phillip Lewis will go head-to-head in Ellen Degeneres’ Finish the Lyrics game.

4 - 5 p.m. Healing with Brianna Bedigian
Brianna is the author of Healing Footstep to Footstep, as well as an artist and healer who practices yoga at her studio on Main Street in Davidson. At Main Street Books, she will guide guests through a restorative program that incorporates aromatherapy and sound healing, followed by a book signing.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cookbook Review
Join bookseller and graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Lisa Merkel, for a presentation on how to choose the right cookbook and her top picks in a variety of categories. Lisa will prepare light hors d'oeuvres using recipes from featured cookbooks.

5:30 - 8 p.m. Literary Cocktail Hour
‘Nough said.

Earlier Event: April 27
An Evening with Sue Miller
Later Event: April 29
Brianna Bedigian