Independent Bookstore Day 2018


Logo for Independent Bookstore Day 2018Once again we are celebrating everything that makes independent bookstores vital to their communities. Here are the events and activities that will be going on throughout the day. 

Bookish Face Painting, 9AM-12PM: Little readers can get their faces painted like a character from Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, or Where the Wild Things Are.

Great Bookseller Bake-Off, 2PM-4PM: Booksellers will compete against each other with their favorite recipes from their favorite cookbooks. Sample all the treats and cast a ballot for your favorite. The winner will be chosen by your votes.

Celeste’s Recommendations: Independent Bookstore Ambassador Celeste Ng couldn’t be with us in the store so she sent us some great recommendations. Celeste’s picks will be 20% off all day. 

IBD Metro Boston Passport: The passport is back and better than ever, with more stores and bigger prizes. Everyone who visits all 12 metro Boston stores will receive a hand selected set of Advance Reader Copies of books coming out in the Summer and Fall. ARCs are one of the great perks of being a bookseller and on IBD we’re sharing that perk with you. And for every store you visit, you’ll get an entry into our prize basket raffle. The baskets will include something specific from every participating metro Boston bookstore, including a signed copy of Jomny Sun’s everyone’s a aliebn with a unique IBD message from Jomny.

Porter Square Books Mad Libs: Our libromancers have written some Mad Libs for you to enjoy, while you shop, eat, and wait for face painting. Not only will they give you a chance to trot out your favorite adverbs and adjectives, but these Mad Libs will also give you a glimpse into the inner workings of a bookstore.

Free Audio Books from Once again, is offering free audio books for their members on Independent Bookstore Day. Not a member yet? You can sign up for your free account hereSee the free audio books here.


Thank You Gifts for Shopping with Us: Everyone who spends $50 or more will get a free Advance Reader Copy of a forthcoming book. Everyone who spends $100 or more will get a free Porter Square Books coffee mug. As always, everyone who spends more than $150 will get a free Porter Square Books tote bag.

And, of course, we’ll be selling the great IBD exclusives.   

We’re still finishing up some planning, so stay tuned for updates.

Event date: 

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140