Our first annual California Bookstore Day was a big success! And fun was had by all:
The first annual California Bookstore Day on May 3, 2014 was a statewide party as big and varied as the state itself. It was more than 90 stores in more than 80 zip codes putting their bells on and throwing out the welcome mat. Think Record Store Day, but for book nerds.
Each store hosted its own party. The headline attractions were the just-for-us books and art pieces like a recipe box from Michael Pollan and an exclusive Neil Gaiman short story you couldn't get anywhere else. But there were also readings, and prizes, and things to eat and drink. In some cases there were famous authors and artists, people writing live poetry, free portraits and specialty cocktails.
And there were book lovers. Book lovers came out in droves.
Join the party on Saturday May 2, 2015!
Just what does CBD celebrate?
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book.
In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.
“Leaving any bookstore is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colorful warmth. It's hard to leave a bookstore any day of the year, though, because a bookstore is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them.”