California Bookstore Day is a statewide party on May 3, 2014 as big and varied as the state itself.  It’s 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 will have its own party. The headline attraction are the just-for-us books you cannot get on any other day at any other place (click here to find the celebration closest to you). But there will also be readings, and prizes, and things to eat and drink.  In some cases there will be famous authors and artists, and people writing live poetry.
 
Your neighbors will be there, your friends will be there, your kids will be there.
 
You should definitely be there too.
 
Just what are we celebrating?

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.

Find the nearest California Bookstore Day event to you.

The 2014 California Bookstore Day Exclusive Books & Art Pieces

Congratulations, By the Way (Special Edition) by George Saunders

Congratulations, By the Way (Special Edition) by George Saunders

Bad Citizen Stencil featuring quote by Don DeLillo

Bad Citizen Stencil featuring quote by Don DeLillo

Literary Map of California from 3 Fish Studios

Literary Map of California from 3 Fish Studios

Recipes from Michael Pollan's Kitchen Recipe Cards

Recipes from Michael Pollan's Kitchen Recipe Cards

Do You Smell Carrots? A Joke Book for Kids by Various Authors

Do You Smell Carrots? A Joke Book for Kids by Various Authors

Bound "Sleeping Beauty" Short Story by Neil Gaiman

Bound "Sleeping Beauty" Short Story by Neil Gaiman

3-Panel Book Reviews by Lisa Brown

3-Panel Book Reviews by Lisa Brown

Signed Hugo Lithograph from Brian Selznick

Signed Hugo Lithograph from Brian Selznick

Bookstories from various McSweeney's contributors

Bookstories from various McSweeney's contributors

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Tote Bag from Litographs

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Tote Bag from Litographs

Featuring limited editions of Ask the Dust, Hollywoodi, Tales of the City, and Get Shorty

Featuring limited editions of Ask the Dust, Hollywoodi, Tales of the City, and Get Shorty

Punk Rock Writer's Journal by Wendy McNaughton

Punk Rock Writer's Journal by Wendy McNaughton

Original Lemony Snicket Print with illustrations by Seth

Original Lemony Snicket Print with illustrations by Seth