Independent Bookstore Day Events!

Independent Bookstore Day Events!

Saturday Apr 27, 2019
All Day

28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street across from the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201


About the Events.

POWERHOUSE and POW! celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with readings, book signings and kids activities, and discover a new joint project with our Brooklyn indie bookstore colleagues: the Field Guide to Bookstores of Brooklyn, which will reward you for visiting bookstores on Indie Bookstore Day!


Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday April 27 and we host a number of exciting kids book events at POWERHOUSE in DUMBO to celebrate young readers! Join us at the POWERHOUSE ARENA for a day of celebrating neighborhood books and authors with readings from Brooklyn kids book publisher POW! Akiko Yabuki (Ishi), Louie Chin (Don’t Ask a Dinosaur), and Naomi Danis (While Grandpa Naps) will present their newest picture books with readings and activities, so don’t miss this opportunity to share the joys of neighborhood bookstores with the little ones!  


Akiko Yabuki presents award-winning bestseller ISHI – 2:30pm-3pm


Junghwa Park reads and draws from WHILE GRANDPA NAPS – 3pm-3:30pm


Louie Chin reads her picture book DON’T ASK A DINOSAUR – 3:30pm-4p


Announcing the Field Guide to Bookstores of Brooklyn!


In celebration of the nationwide Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27, seventeen Brooklyn bookstores are collaborating on a program to reward customers for visiting bookstores in the borough.


The Field Guide to Bookstores of Brooklyn celebrates the unique and vibrant bookstore culture of Brooklyn, known worldwide as a literary destination.  From stores that have been serving their communities for decades to those that opened their doors just this year, each independent bookstore offers a unique experience for book lovers, and helps to create the fabric of a Brooklyn literary culture.

The Field Guide to Bookstores of Brooklyn will showcase 17 mini-portraits of participating stores, designed by Brooklyn-based artist Julia Rothman.  The reverse of the half-sheet cardstock guide will feature contact information for all bookstores, and boxes where customers can receive a stamp or other validation when they visit each store.

Customers who visit at least five participating stores with the Field Guide will receive a 25% off coupon good on any single purchase at any participating store.  Customers who visit all 17 stores on April 27 will be entered in a grand prize drawing, with the winner receiving a prize package of branded bookstore merchandise from every store, as well as signed first editions and other special items.

Your stamped Field Guide also gains admission to the afterparty of the BK Book Crawl where you can join other book lovers to cap off the day in style.


Field Guides will be available in participating stores within the coming weeks, or on April 27.  We hope you’ll make a day of it and discover the many unique stores that create the fabric of a Brooklyn literary culture! 


Participating stores:

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
Books Are Magic
Books Through Bars @ Freebird Books
Cafe con Libros, A Feminist Bookstore
Community Bookstore
Greenlight Bookstore – Fort Greene
Greenlight Bookstore – Prospect Lefferts Gardens
McNally Jackson – Williamsburg
Melville House
Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Terrace Books
The Center for Fiction Bookstore
Unnameable Books
WORD – Brooklyn




All participating stores will offer free Field Guides to customers leading up to Bookstore Day, so book lovers can start their journey through the borough’s bookstores at any location on April 27.  

The Field Guide to Bookstores of Brooklyn joins other programs promoting bookstores for Bookstore Day, including the Brooklyn Book Crawl, now in its fourth year, which suggests itineraries for visiting Brooklyn bookstores based on interests and geography. Participants in both programs are invited to the Brooklyn Book Crawl’s afterparty; details forthcoming at


Bookings are closed for this event.