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Independent Bookstore Day 2020 Exclusive Items

A black background with a ribbon winding through illustrations of poppies that says "Not now, I'm reading." Above it reads in white cursive, Independent Bookstore Day. Below in white cursive, Saturday, April 25, 2020Independent Bookstore Day looks a little bit different this year. While we had planned to celebrate virtually alongside more than 450 other bookstores nationwide on August 29th, the devastating Santa Cruz County wildfires and the need to care for our community took prirority. We are confident in the resilience and compassion of our community and have rescheduled our celebration of Bookshop Santa Cruz's Independent Bookstore Day for Saturday, September 29th. Our digital audio book partner,, is still offering a one-day offer on Saturday, August 29th, of free digital audio book downloads when you preorder certain books. Read more on that offer here.

The exclusive items for this year's Independent Bookstore Day will still be available for sale from Bookshop Santa Cruz starting on Saturday, August 29th, in limited quantities. View and purchase this year's items below (beginning on August 29th), and check back in September for our virtual celebration.

Exclusively designed and created for the 2020 Independent Bookstore Day celebration, this is a 15” x 15” 12 oz., black cotton canvas tote bags with a 4-inch gusset with art designed by 3Fish Studios. This bag displays the original date of the celebration, Saturday, April 25th, 2020, which was postponed to August 29th, 2020 due to the world-wide COVID-19 health crisis. 

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Celebrate your indie pride and make the world smell a little better with the exclusive Bookstore Day candle. 4 oz tin with Soy wax, lead-free cotton wick, fragrance oil, dye chips, with the scent of oak, dry leaves, and sandalwood. Earthy, relaxing and subtle.

Each candle is poured by hand at Frostbeard’s Minneapolis shop. Soy wax is renewable, biodegradable, and vegan! Containers are recyclable and reusable.

Without hope, resistance has no objective. The media is saturated with uncareful language. In poetry, we find precision, peculiarity, and potential. Poems strive less for answers than enliven our questions. The poets in Poems of Resistance, Poems of Hope, take up these questions with an eye for what’s possible. These poems break open the human spirit, and remind us that through language, community, and art, the endeavor for empathy is not lost. Resistance and hope are alive, in the world, and on the page.

Poets included: Joy Harjo, Jericho Brown, Yusef Komunyakaa, Louise Gluck, Richard Blanco, Arthur Sze, Ada Limón, Eve. L Ewing, Camonghne Felix, José Olivarez, Morgan Parker, Ariana Reines, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jake Skeets, and many more.

Every year Independent Bookstore Day creates the 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 Toni Morrison: THE FUNCTION OF FREEDOM IS TO FREE SOMEONE ELSE, which was part of her Barnard College commencement speech in 1979.

In collaboration with Amnesty International, Jo Rippon presents a stunning range of more than a hundred protest posters, from the iconic to the obscure. The civil rights movement, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the global outcry against the Iraq war all make their cameos in this comprehensive collection.

These postcards, collected from the book, The Art of Protest, are perfect for correspondence, collections, and wall art.

Dav Pilkey fans will flip for this two-sided superhero cape featuring Dog Man’s #DoGood art on a blue background and Captain Underpants’ “Reading Gives You Superpowers” in red. Perfectly sized for SupaReaders at 26-1/4” x 25-3/4” with a Velcro closure.

This adaptation of the art from the runaway bestseller I WANT MY HAT BACK was created by Jon Klassen, especially for this project. 100% cotton, SIZE 12 months

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Just for Independent Bookstore Day, a special kid-sized (10” x 11”) NOT QUITE NARWHAL tote bag featuring Kelp, everyone’s favorite “land narwhal” from the National Indie Bestseller and Indie Next Top Ten picture book! Features exclusive original artwork from author/illustrator, Jessie Sima!

Trying times call for meaningful socks. Show off your bookish values with these stylish, comfy sock. Only for Bookstore Day!

Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most-wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal ops, they run heists across the galaxies—hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: REVENGE. Collects SPACE BANDITS #1-5 in an exclusive, Independent Bookstore Day edition with an exclusive cover and collectible vinyl sticker.

A print from the original, upper-middle-grade series (debuting May, 2020) starring the break-out character from the Black Panther comics and films: T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri. Crafted by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone, and illustrated by Eric Wilkerson. Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius, and a master of science and technology. But, she’s also a teenager. And a princess. This story follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to save her homeland of Wakanda. 11” x 17”, flat, textured paper