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Independent Bookstore Day 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Bookshop Santa Cruz! Independent Bookstore Day takes place on the last Saturday in April at more than 450 bookstores nationwide. IBD harnesses the creative power of authors, publishers, and booksellers to celebrate the reading community and drive readers to brick and mortar bookstores. Join us for a day of fun!


  • FREE VERVE COFFEE: Available at 9:00am, and while supplies last. A great way to start the day!

  • PRIZE WHEEL: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM — Readers' Club members who spend $25+ or anyone who buys an Independent Bookstore Day exclusive item can spin our prize wheel for a chance to win books, coupons, gift cards, and more.

  • FAMILY FUN: Our beloved rocking horse will make it's return, and we'll have a coloring table for the kiddos!

  • SCAVENGER HUNT: ALL DAY— Grab an in-store scavenger hunt form and see how well you know books and Bookshop! Two scavenger hunts available: one for adults, and one for kids. Find at least 10 items and you'll be entered into a raffle for a Bookshop gift card.

  • LITERARY TRIVIA EVENT at 7:00 PM — Think you know everything about literature, past and present? Come join us for an evening of book trivia to test your knowledge. Winners will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Details and registration here.  

Angie Thomas, author of the much-heralded YA novel The Hate U Give, is the ambassador for Independent Bookstore Day 2022. 

IBD Presents: An Evening with Angie Thomas

Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00 pm PT. Joining bookseller Melanie Knight from Books Inc. in Alameda, California, Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador Angie Thomas will chat live on Zoom about all things indies. The event is free and open to the public with any donations going to the charity of Angie’s choice: We Need Diverse Books. REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT.