Special thanks to our sponsors:
The inaugural Florida Bookstore Day will be a day-long event celebrating independent and used bookstores, local authors and small presses in various cities throughout the Sunshine State. The concept is mirrored after the popular Record Store Day, which promotes indie music shops across the globe.
We’re organizing events at several independently-owned stores throughout Florida.
Events can vary from store to store and will include:
• Readings by local authors
• Local authors’ fair
• Book signings
• Book releases
• Open mics
A limited edition poster series based on famous Florida novels will be released Nov. 15, and sold in bookstores and online.
If you're a bookstore owner, an author or an supporter of Florida literature who would like to get involved, email us at WordierThanThou@gmail.com.
Big Pine Key
Key Deer Bookstore & Gift Shop
Village Voices and
Eclectic Art Emporium
Event: Multiple local authors reading, discussing and signing their books, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Florida Writers Association critique group, 4 p.m.
Second Edition Book Shop
Event: Prizes and giveaways throughout the day; gift card sale - extra $5 for each one purchased
Event: Book sale
Murder on the Beach
Back in the Day Books
Event: Indoor sidewalk sale and 20% off antiquarian and used books
Change Jar Books
Cypress Paperback Bookstore
Bluewater Books and Charts
Finding Forrester's Books
Event: Book sale - 10% off all books
Wild Iris Books
Event: Kids Herb Fest; book sales ($2 books, fill-a-bag deals, BOGO kids books and more); Free Store (clothing, make-up and other treasures collected for the queer community in need)
The Book Booth
Event: Author signing with Joanna Michaels, 12 to 4 p.m.; poetry open mic
San Marco Bookstore
Event: Signings by local authors, including Robin Savage and Peter Salomon
Event: Children’s author/illustrator Ethan Long, 10 to 11 a.m.; Geoff and Janet Benge, co-authors of 68 biographies, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; young adult author Jessica Martinez, 12 to 1 p.m.; David James Poissant, author of “The Heaven of Animals,” 1 to 2 p.m.; Lynn Waddell, author of “Fringe Florida,” 2 to 3 p.m.; poet J. Bradley, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Workshops include: destination journaling, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; NaNoWriMo: Keeping the Momentum, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Crafting the Character Arc, 3 to 5 p.m.
Park Avenue CDs
Event: Book sale - 10% off; receive an additional 5% off when you bring in a receipt from another indie bookstore
Hawsey’s Book Index
Event: Book sale, refreshments
Event: Children's book authors read their work; ice cream party
Maya Books and Music
Event: Book sale - 20% off all books
Sanibel Island Bookshop
Event: Showcase of books signed by local authors
Event: All-ages literary party and kick-off event for a 24-hour read-a-thon to raise money to build a school in Haiti, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; prizes for best costumes based on literary characters
Parker’s Books and Book Bazaar
Event: Artisans of Books for Children and Adults book signings, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; contest to benefit the Literacy Council of Sarasota
Wilson’s Book World
Event: Readings by local authors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Haslam’s Book Store
Event: Book sale - 10% all used books, including antiques and collectibles; free coffee mug with every purchase over $100
Event: Book sale - 10% off; free tastings of Mother Kombucha
Event: Annual sidewalk sale
Books at Park Place
Event: Psychic, 1 to 6 p.m.
Book Swap of Carrollwood
Event: Meet Tim Dorsey, 2:30 p.m.; Ellen Giallonardo, trustee for the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society, 1 p.m.
The Book Rack of Titusville
Event: Multi-author book signing with David Miller, DiVoran Lites, Lee Boylan, Dr. Mark “Tiger” Edmonds and Rebekah Lyn, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; contests, in-store specials and giveaways
Event: Book sale - 20% off
Don't see your favorite local bookstore?
Email us at WordierThanThou@gmail.com with the details, and we'll ask them to join the festivities!