How to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in New York City and beyond

How to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day in New York City and beyond

Though this year’s Independent Bookstore Day might look a little different, its community spirit remains. Now in its sixth year, the event will take place with a variety of virtual and in-person events Aug. 29.

The digital celebrations officially kick off Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern with a conversation between former New Yorker copy department colleagues and long-time friends Mary Norris and Ann Goldstein. The duo will discuss Elena Ferrante’s new novel, “The Lying Life of Adults,” which was translated from Italian by Goldstein. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Reynolds, editor in chief of the book’s publisher, Europa.

Participants can expect a packed slate for Saturday. Starting with a drawing class hosted by illustrator and author Lisa Brown, the lineup includes interactive activities and conversations with luminaries from across genres. The literary happenings come to a close with a “Bookstore Day Ambassador Showcase,” featuring authors Tyari Jones, Lauren Groff and Emma Straub.

Out of the more than 600 participating bookstores, 17 locations in New York City will join in on the day, with individual activities and programs varying by shop.

We’ve gathered up a list of the shops in NYC officially taking part in Independent Bookstore Day below.


Book Club
197 E. 3rd St.
New York, N.Y. 10009

Books of Wonder (W. 18th St.)
18 W. 18th St.
New York, N.Y. 10011

Books of Wonder (W. 84th)
217 W. 84th St.
New York, N.Y. 10024

The Schomburg Shop
515 Malcolm X Blvd.
New York, N.Y. 10037


Boogie Down Books
Pop-Up Shop @ Mottley Kitchen
402 E. 140 St.
Bronx, N.Y. 10454


The Bookmark Shoppe
8415 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11209

Books Are Magic
225 Smith St.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231

Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215

Greenlight Bookstore (Flatbush Ave.)
632 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225

Greenlight Bookstore (Fulton St.)
686 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217

Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab
458 Bergen St.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217

Terrace Books
242 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215

Word Brooklyn
126 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11222


Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st St.
Astoria, N.Y. 11106

Avoid the Day Bookstore and Cafe
314 Beach 74th St.
Arverne, N.Y. 11692

Book Culture
26-09 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

Kew & Willow Books
8163 Lefferts Blvd.
Kew Gardens, N.Y. 11415

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