Independent Bookstore Day!

Saturday, April 30, 10 AM – 10 PM
Independent Bookstore Day!
Author Photo Booth, Guest DJs, Drawing Workshops, Prizes, and more!

Hundreds of bookstores. Exclusive book and art pieces. One day only. Join the party! Greenlight joins bookstores across the city and across the nation in celebrating the second annual Independent Bookstore Day. With special items for sale, activities throughout the day, and a party to cap things off, the bookstore is where you’ll want to be all day long! See below for planned activities and offerings, and check back for an updated schedule as the date approaches. And visit for more about what’s going on in bookstores around the city and the nation!

Exclusive merchandise: From vinyl records to plush toys, wooden stencils to tea towels, a bookstore cat pencil case to a perfect burger diagram, this year’s literary-themed items offer something for every book lover, from kids to adults. Items cannot be reserved or preordered, and are ONLY available from participating independent bookstores on April 30! Check out the full list of IBD merchandise at, and shop early before we sell out!  (Limit one of each item per customer before noon; after noon no limits on purchases.)

Doughnuts from Doughnut Plant:
Our friends at Doughnut Plant are providing their mini cake doughnuts to start the party first thing in the morning!  Free with purchase - get them while they last...

Literary Celebrity Photo Booth:
Get your photo taken with awesome authors in our festive photo booth! Strike a pose, get crazy with props, or get your favorite book in the picture. Here's the schedule of celebs who will be holding court in the photo booth.
12:00 - 1:00 Charles Bock (Alice & Oliver)
1:00 - 2:00 Rachel Cantor (Good on Paper)
2:00 - 3:00 (canceled due to illness) Tiphanie Yanique (Land of Love and Drowning)
3:00 - 4:00 Tanwi Nandini Islam (Bright Lines)
5:00 - 6:00 Isaac Fitzgerald (Buzzfeed books editor)
6:00 - 7:00 Ashley Ford (journalist, writer, speaker)
7:00 - 8:00 Eileen Myles (I Must Be Living Twice)

Author DJs:
Authors with a musical bent take a turn in the DJ booth to set the party tone. Schedule below so you can catch your favorite selector!
10:00 - 12:00 Eric Morse (What Is Punk?)
12:00 - 2:00 Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls)
2:00 - 4:00 Myla Goldberg (Bee Season, Catching the Moon)
4:00 - 6:00 Michael July (Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair)
6:00 - 8:00 Rob Sheffield (Love is a Mix Tape)
8:00 - 10:00 Geo Ong (blogger at The Urchin Movement, Greenlight bookseller!)

Artist / Illustrator Drawing Workshops:
In the spirit of Draw Me!, one of the exclusive merchandise items available for Bookstore Day, Greenlight has invited talented artists, illustrators, and cartoonists to offer mini-workshops and sketching sessions! Kids and adults are welcome to try their hand at drawing, with all materials provided. In between sessions, art materials will remain available for budding artistes.  Participating artists include:
11:00 - 12:00 Tad Hills (Duck & Goose)
12:00 - 1:00 Abby Denson (Dolltopia) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
1:00 - 2:00 Lucy Cummins (A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals)
2:00 - 3:00 (canceled due to illness) David Gothard (Little Lola)
3:00 - 4:00 Samantha Hahn (A Mother Is A Story) and Erin Gleeson (The Forest Feast for Kids)
6:00 - 7:00 Kate Gavino (Last Night’s Reading)

Wine Reception:
After 7:00 PM, we'll break out drinks to send off Independent Bookstore Day in style!  The photo booth will remain open and it's a great chance to wind down and show off your great finds from the day.


Event date: 

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:00am

Event address: 

686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217