Apr 26, 2022 - Things to Do

How to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day around Tampa Bay

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Indie Bookstore Day celebrations will have you turning pages all over Tampa Bay this week.

  • The official day is Saturday, April 30.

How to celebrate: Lakeland is having the city's first Book Crawl, with five shops offering a different discount each day this week.

Oxford Exchange in Tampa is having its annual Book Fair on Thursday night, featuring publications by 40+ local authors and writing workshops.

  • Bring gently used books for Pre-K thru Grade 12 to benefit the Hillsborough Education Foundation's Teaching Tools Store.

Saturday celebrations are also happening in St. Pete, Safety Harbor, Venice and Winter Haven.

  • Tombolo will have exclusive merch, special giveaway items and a children's book sale.
  • Book + Bottle will have a specialty book-themed cocktail called “The Bookworm,” bookstore bingo, blackout poetry, and with the purchase of a book and a tote you'll get a free Blind Date with a Book.
  • Portkey will have children's storytime and crafts, a reading and meet-n-greet with local authors Aramis Calderon, Steve Kistulentz, and Noel Zamot and a yoga and haiku writing workshop.
  • Fable Books will have giveaways and exclusive IBD merchandise.
  • Writer's Block will have an in-store scavenger hunt, readings and a prize wheel.

More bookstores to support: Mojo Books & Records in Tampa, Wilson's Book World in St. Pete, Back in the Day Books in Dunedin and Lighthouse Books in Dade City.


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