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Independent Bookstore Day 2018 - Exclusive Items

Independent Bookstore Day 2018 Exclusive Items

Every year, as part of the national celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, publishers, authors, artisans, and more collaborate to create exclusive literary items and books only available at independent bookstores on the day of the celebration. Not before. Not after. Not online. 

Below, please find the list of of the exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items created for the 2018 celebration. These items will be available for purchase, in limited quanity at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Saturday, April 28th starting at 9 am on a first-come, first-served basis. We will have complementary Verve coffee while supplies last for those first to our store for Bookstore Day! View our full schedule of activities here.

Black pencil pouch with a railroad graphic running around it, and the words "Be kind to everybody. Make art. Fight the power." - Colson Whitehead

Fight the Power Utility Pouch. $14.00.

This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features a quote from Colson Whitehead’s inspirational National Book Award speech and design elements from the cover of Underground Railroad. “BE KIND TO EVERYBODY. MAKE ART. FIGHT THE POWER.”





A white-backed poster with handwritten instructions to make mayonnaise, with illustrations accompanying the instructions.Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Illustrated Print, Signed by author & illustrator. $15.00

A gorgeous, frame-worthy print from the bestselling cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid Heat. “How to Make a Mayonnaise” is the clever and useful illustration from Wendy MacNaughton. Signed by BOTH the illustrator and the author.





A dead lizard or dinosaur head lays amidst a still life with a glass of wine and fruit, all tinted green, with the words "REDLANDS" across the top in green.Redlands, Vol. 1 Signed Special Edition with Exclusive Cover. $9.99

A feminist comic by female creators! A mysterious and bloodthirsty matriarchal force runs the town of Redlands, Florida, and in order to stay on top, sacrifices must be made. Inspired by the strange complexities of real-world politics and crime, the characters of Redlands play victim and villain, attempting to understand themselves and others through murder, magic, and mayhem. This special edition will have an exclusive cover and be signed by BOTH creators!





The cover of Ungrateful Mammals by Dave Eggers, a rectangle with a diagonal divide, the lower half beige with the title and author, the upper a darker shade with a pencil drawing of a bison.

Ungrateful Mammals Signed Special Edition. $40.00

Each one of these special editions of Ungrateful Mammals has a unique cover hand drawn by Dave Eggers. They are true collector’s items with original works of art on each one. Books will arrive individually shrink-wrapped. Quantities are extremely limited.





A wooden rectangle with the words laser-cut in "Don't let the bastards grind you down."The Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil from Margaret Atwood. $35.00

Every year we create our signature “Bad Citizen” Graffiti Stencil to highlight the authors and the words that push us to think, read, and be disruptive when necessary. This year’s stencil features a timely quote from Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale: DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN, the ultimate rallying cry for our time.





The cover of a book with stacks of books, fronted by the title "The Book Club Journal".The Book Club Journal. $16.99

Finally, a way for book clubs (or solo readers) to keep track of their reading lives! This beautifully designed journal has pages and prompts for writing your thoughts and opinions about the books you’ve read, keeping track of book club meetings, and more than 45 original, themed recommended reading lists from authors and booksellers around the country. Martin Cruz Smith gives us the “Real Russia” reading list. The booksellers at Parnassus in Nashville give us “Books narrated by non-humans.”





Two flat white tea towels with text in blue and orange, the words spaced out with line drawings of food.Literary Tea Towels Julia Child & Anthony Bourdain. $22.00

This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes:






A cover of a book, with a black background with blue line drawings of books, and a pink band around the middle with black and white drawings of the same.A Book on the Table: Flash Fiction From Great Short Story Writers. $6.00

This year’s $6 Story is a collection of flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Celeste Ng, Amy Bloom, and many others. Each story is only 200-1,000 words and must contain some mention of a book, bookstore, or library. The results range from hilarious to poignant to downright strange. It’s a wonderful mini anthology of the form.





A poster with illustrated planets and space ship with white text next to each, against a dark purple background of a galaxy or nebula.A Literary Map of the Universe. $42.00

The 25 titles featured on this beautiful literary map of the UNIVERSE are an unpredictable mix of modern classics and more obscure science fiction titles recommended by booksellers. Created by 3Fish Studios, creators of Bookstore Day’s A Literary Map of California and A Literary Map of the Seas.

Included titles: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke, A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl, Dawn by Octavia Butler, The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, Dune by Frank Herbert, Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein, Foundation by Isaac Asimov, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Interstellar Pig by William Sleator, Ringworld by Larry Niven, Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, Star Wars by George Lucas, The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Martian by Andy Weir, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree by Louis Slobodkin, and The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel.

A white baby onesie with an illustration of a blue dragon reading a book, carrying a stack of books on it's tail.Dragons Love Books! Onesie. $22.00

A super-soft onesie for bookish babies based on Adam Rubin’s bestselling Dragons Love Tacos books illustrated by the wonderful Daniel Salmieri.







A poster with a young girl laying on a blanket outside under a tree, with her backpack and it's contents spread around her as she reads a book. Each object is labeled and described by text.

Be Prepared: Summer Reading Survival Kit Signed Print. $10.00

In her forthcoming graphic novel Be Prepared, Brosgol tells a witty, heartfelt story of (barely) surviving Russian summer camp. In her exclusive, original print, she illustrates how reading and books can get you through a long, hot summer full of threats and turmoil (watch out for those paper cuts).





Two photos side by side, of the front and back of a plush doll of the children's book character Maisie, wearing a red Bookstore Day shirt.Read With Me Maisie Plush. $15.00

Everybody’s favorite preschool mouse Maisy, star of dozens of beloved books, wears her exclusive READ WITH ME t-shirt with pride! Back of t-shirt sports the IBD logo.






Two photos side by side of the front and back of a plush doll of the children's book character Horton, wearing a blue Bookstore Day shirt that says "Read with Me!" on the back.Read With Me Horton Plush. $15.00

“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent!” A 1940 Dr. Seuss classic is now an IBD exclusive with a pro-reading, indie message on his t-shirt. Faithful Horton, of Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who fame, is a true collectible and very cuddly. Back of t-shirt reads: READ WITH ME. Front of t-shirt sports the IBD logo.





A poster with a yellow background with a white illustration of the Lincoln memorial, and a black and white illustration of Pete Seeger singing to a crowd.Golden Thread Print Signed by Author & Illustrator. $35.00

Pete Seeger once sang that if he had a golden thread, he would use it to weave people from all over the world to one another. Pete Seeger’s messages of universal understanding and social and environmental justice inspired generations—and have left a lasting legacy. With dazzling, lyrical verse in the folk revival style, and cut-paper illustrations in black and ochre that capture the spirit of the man and his times, Colin Meloy and Nikki McClure pay tribute to a visionary who changed the world with song.