Apr 17, 2024 - News

📚 It's like a pub crawl, but with books

Your book store passport for the Greater Charlotte Book Crawl and the tote you get when you fill your passport. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

A book crawl passport for the Greater Charlotte Book Crawl in front of the Belmont Bookshop. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

"April is for the Greater Charlotte Book Crawl. 19 Indie bookstores. Can you visit them all?" a sign reads in front of Main Street Books in Davidson, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

  • It's an invitation as much as a challenge and welcome to book lovers.

State of play: The third annual Greater Charlotte Book Crawl runs through April 30, featuring 19 independent book stores. Independent Bookstore Day is April 27. Many of these book stores will have special events.

How it works: Ask for a book crawl passport at your first stop and make sure you get it stamped. Bring your passport to your final bookstore stop on or before April 30 to receive a 2024 Book Crawl finisher's tote bag.

💭 Ashley's thought bubble: I've visited five book stores so far and it's filled me with nostalgia. As a kid, I'd save my allowance for the coveted trip to the one an hour away (it was a big-box store, nothing as cool as these shops). I'd spend all my money on books.

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