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Independent Bookstore Day

Join us for the 5th Annual Independent Bookstore Day


Saturday, April 27th  is Independent Bookstore Day.  Stores across the city, the state, and the entire country will be rolling out the red carpet for readers old and new. Stop in for free coffee and doughnuts, great recommendations, and a whole lot more.

Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport. This little beauty is your guide to the wealth of stores right here in our fair city and a bit beyond. Visit participating stores on Independent Bookstore Day and get your passport stamped. The more stores you visit, the bigger the prizes you might win.

Exclusive Indie Day books and products.  Indie Bookstore day only. Including special edition copies ofAda Twist and the Perilous Pants with a free iron-on Ada patch, a signed copy of The Girl Who Drank the Moon with an exclusive sticker pack, and free Poems to Keep in Your Pocket.These will not be available before or after Indie Bookstore Day.

Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap. The Upper Midwest is blessed with an abundance of wonderful bookstores for you to discover. Featuring colorful original illustrations by Twin Cities artist Kevin Cannon (whose artwork is also featured in the Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport), this free map will lead you to 150 independent bookstores across North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Guest author/booksellers. One of the best parts of working at a bookstore is recommending books we love to our customers. For Independent Bookstore Day, we’ve invited some great authors to Common Good Books to share their favorite books with you, too. Stop by and chat with them for some new suggestions and to find out what they’re reading.


Guest Booksellers


Mary Moore Easter

Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Mary Moore Easter’swork has been published in, among other journals, Poetry, Seattle Review, Water Stone, Calyx, Pluck!, Persimmon Tree and Fjord’s Review, and in the anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (2015). Her chapbook Walking from Origins was published by Heywood Press in 1993. She holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence and an M.A. from Goddard. A Virginia transplant, Easter re-rooted at Carleton College in Minnesota, where she was founder and director of the Dance Program. Now emerita professor of dance, veteran dancer/ choreographer, she is a member of Penchant, aka the Northfield Women Poets,  and is represented in the association’s four anthologies: Absorb the Colours, A Rich Salt Place, Tremors, Vibrations Enough to Shake the World and Penchant (Heywood Press). Her honors include a Bush Artist Fellowship, multiple McKnights, The Loft Creative Non-Fiction Award, and Ragdale and Anderson Center residencies. She continues a second year as State Co-Mentor for the 2015 Givens Black Writers Program.


Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of "Don’t Call Us Dead" (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and "[insert] boy" (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez's work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, “Homie”, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020.  



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Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am
Event address: 
38 S Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55105