Reading in the D: Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day

By: Amber Ogden | April 29, 2015

Earlier this year, we discussed local bookstores, places to volunteer and local book clubs in honor of March is National Reading Month. Since reading is such an awesome hobby, there are days dedicated to the art of literature many times throughout the year. This Saturday, May 2 is Independent Bookstore Day, and many of Metro Detroit’s mom and pop bookshops are celebrating in style.

Let’s take a look at a few local bookstores celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with special events in the D:

The Book Beat, 26010 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park, is commemorating the occasion with several author events. Authors including Loren D. Estleman (“Detroit is Our Beat,” “Amos Walker Mysteries”), Wong Herbert Yee (“Mouse and Mole” series, “Fireman Small”), Matt Faulkner (“The Monster Who Ate My Peas”) and Ruth McNally Barshaw (“Ellie McDoodle”) will be speaking and signing copies of their books.

For a real Detroit connection, don’t miss out on Loren D. Estleman from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. He has authored over 70 different books, including the “Detroit Crime” series. All author events are free and open to the public.

Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, is hosting a daylong program of events, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Students and faculty from Eastern Michigan University’s Children’s Literature program will volunteer as booksellers for the day, promoting their program, “The Summer Stack: Great Reads for Kids on Break.”

Limited edition books and art will be on sale throughout the day, and a book-themed trivia game will take place at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out, as you could win gift cards, autographed books and more.

Pages Bookshop, 19560 Grand River, Detroit, just recently opened its doors with a soft opening, and will celebrate its grand opening on Independent Bookstore Day. The celebration will start a few days early, on Thursday, April 30 at the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, 19800 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Pages will host a free event with author Angela Flournoy for a reading and signing of her novel, “The Turner House,” along with wine and cheese.

On Saturday, Independent Bookstore Day will be celebrated at Pages with free mimosas at 10 a.m., and at 11 a.m., author Renee Prewitt will read “Malcolm Mows the Lawn” to children and sign copies of her book. Throughout the day, book lovers can enjoy readings by authors including Lynn Crawford and Michael Lauchlan, and there will be hourly raffles and exclusive items for sale. Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy snacks, wine and blues music.

Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, often hosts author events, and Independent Bookstore Day is no different. At 11 a.m., meet David Fitzsimmons, author of “Curious Critters: Marine,” who is also a freelance photographer and professor. This is a great event to bring your children to, as the book details nearly two dozen different sea creatures.

Later in the day, Michigan native and young adult author Matthew Baker will speak about his debut novel, “If You Find This.” A great book for young adults, and a wonderful way to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day locally—with a born and bred Michigan author!

Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass Ave., Detroit, is doing something really cool for Independent Bookstore Day, in the form of something called “bookstore stories.” You’ll have the opportunity to record or write a short synopsis of why you love books and independent bookstores so much, and the stories will be shared on Source Booksellers’ website and social media pages.

Additionally, local interest books about Detroit will be 20 percent off, and Source Booksellers T-shirts will be available for purchase. Don’t miss out on a “Mind, Body and Spirit” class at 10 a.m., either. This tai chi class builds strength and flexibility and is free!

If you’re a bookworm like me, literature is something to celebrate 365 days of the year, but I’ll take any excuse to praise the written word for a specific reason. What books do you plan to pick up on Independent Bookstore Day this year?