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Independent Bookstore Day - Main Store

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, treats, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

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.

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.

Join Vroman's for a day packed with fun in-store activities and events. Our day will be filled with fun for the whole family and exciting surprises!

Schedule of Events - Main Store

"Tell Us Why You Love Vroman's?" Activity – all day
Contribute to our giant board to tell the world why you love bookstores. Draw a picture, write a poem, or anything else that helps you express your love for books.

Indie Bookstore Day Photobooth – all day
Bring your camera and take photos with our book themed props to share with all your friends. Don't forget to use the hashtag #bookstore day and tag Vroman's Bookstore when posting to social media!

Meet Illustrator Chris Robertson 11am-1pm
Children's book illustrator Chris Robertson (Giraffes Ruin Everything and If I Didn't Have You) will be hanging out in our kids department after story time, drawing characters from his books for you to take home! Come meet him, take a drawing and/or get a book signed!

 


Literary Trivia 12pm
Test your literary knowledge with some trivia! Grab some friends & form a team, or join a team once you get here (4 people to a team please). There will also be snacks and refreshments for everyone participating and prizes for the winners!

Clockshop Celebrates Octavia Butler 3pm

Join Clockshop at Vroman's to celebrate the release of Radio Imagination: Artists and Writers in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler. This catalog documents Clockshop's 2016 Radio Imagination program, which centered on 10 literary and artistic commissions inspired by the Octavia E. Butler Collection at the Huntington Library. Writers Lynell George and Tisa Bryant will read from their commissioned works, followed by a Q&A.

 

Radio Imagination: Artists and Writers in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler marks the first publication of written commissions by award-winning writers Tisa Bryant, Lynell George, Robin Coste Lewis and Fred Moten. It also features documentation of the Radio Imagination exhibition, which premiered new art in many media by Layla Ali, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Lauren Halsey, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith. In addition to these original works, the catalog features an unprecedented number of images from Octavia E. Butler’s rich literary archive.

Copies of Radio Imagination are not available online but will be available in-store the day of the event.

 

Schedule of Events - Hastings Ranch

Kid's Golden Book Activities - 10 am - 2 pm
Decorate your very own mini book using stickers with images from your favorite Little Golden Books. We will provide the stickers and the mini-books.

Indie Bookstore Day Photobooth – all day
Bring your camera and take photos with our book themed props to share with all your friends. Don't forget to use the hashtag #bookstore day and tag Vroman's Bookstore when posting to social media!

Bookstore Scavenger Hunt 10 am - 4 pm

Join us for a Bookstore Scavenger Hunt. Come anytime between 10am and 4pm, follow a series of clues around the bookstore, collect a special token and turn it in at our Book Information desk to win a prize! Prizes will be drawn randomly and can include gift cards, treats, and other fun items.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Event address: 
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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