It’s Spring which means emerging from the long winter and getting outside to explore (even if it’s raining!). What better way than to make a point of visiting your favorite bookstores participating in the Book Lover Quest? This month, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) has created the Book Lover Quest to get Bay Area book enthusiasts out to visit as many of the 50 participating local bookstores as possible. In fact, if you visit 10 and turn in your form by April 29th, you will be entered in a drawing to win $1,000 worth of books. There will also be smaller prizes given out along the quest. That’s 10 bookstores in 17 days, you can do it!
Independent Bookstore Day is April 29th
Plus, April 29th is the Third Annual Independent Bookstore Day and local stores will be celebrating with special events you can plan your day around. You can start out with many of the early kids’ events, stroll over in the afternoon to Mrs. Dalloway’s where there will be a garden raffle and marathon reading of the eponymous classic, then on to a literary happy hour from 4-5pm at Diesel Oakland, and wind your way over to the live music event at Pegasus Oakland or Solano at 7pm, plus super cool bookstore swag and more events are available at many of the other participating stores so check listings. Mark your calendar for this special day on April 29th which is taking place at more than 500 independent bookstores across the country.
We’re lucky to be in the Bay Area where we have a thriving bookstore community. It’s time to celebrate and show our independent bookstores why we love and need them. You can pick up the Book Lover Quest form at any of the participating bookstores or download it here. It’s an impressive map of local independent bookstores you can keep around and show off (I mean “share”) when your friends from out-of-town visit.
Running through APRIL 2017
RULES: The rules are easy. Take the form and visit stores throughout the month of April. Stores sign off on their bookstore line. On April 29, customers will turn in their Quest Forms and those who visited 10 or more stores will be entered in the drawing to win the library of books we’ve collected (worth over $1000).