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California Bookstore Day

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 9:00am to 11:00pm

Celebrate your local independent bookstore with the inaugural California Bookstore Day--a day filled with great books and special events.

Bookstores across the state will be participating in this terrific event, each will their own celebration. Exclusive California Bookstore Day-only books, art, and collectibles will be available on May 3rd in limited quantities. James Patterson has contributed $15,000 to the initiative in his support of independent booksellers. More information about the state-wide campaign can be found at:

9:00 am
Early birds, join us starting at 9:00 for free coffee from VERVE! We'll also have some very special items for sale (see below), and will be giving out a hand-printed broadside of a previously-unpublished passage about Santa Cruz, written by Jonathan Franzen. Each broadside will be numbered and signed by Franzen. Broadsides will be given, while supplies last, with the purchase of any California Bookstore Day item or any book purchase of $20 or more by a Readers' Club member.
1:00-3:00 pm
Family fun abounds in the afternoon with Brenda's Face Painting, balloons, and story-telling in our kid's section. 
7:00 pm
Bookshop's first Literary Trivia Night with refreshments sponsored by Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Form a team, answer questions about books, and win cool book prizes! More info on our events page.
There's something for everyone on California Bookstore Day!
Exclusive limited edition, hand-printed broadside featuring a previously unpublished passage about Santa Cruz, numbered and signed by internationally renowned author Jonathan Franzen: