This Saturday, April 29, is Independent Bookstore Day! More than 450 bookstores in the United States will be joining the fun—click here to find your nearest participating bookstore.
Here in the Twin Cities, 18 bookstores will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with treats, readings, prizes, and more. And, anyone who visits all participating bookstores will be entered to win a grand prize. Find more details here. (Not able to get from Excelsior to Hudson and everywhere in between? Hit 5 of the participating stores and receive a limited edition Twin Cities indie bookstore map.)
We asked several of our local authors to talk about some of their favorite stores in Minnesota—here's what they have to say:
—Caren Stelson, author of Minnesota Book Award finalist Sachiko
—Laura Purdie Salas, author of If You Were the Moon
—Trisha Speed Shaskan, author of the upcoming Q & Ray series
"I love so many independent bookstores in the twin cities area: Excelsior Bay Books and Wild Rumpus have always been great and both organize fun themed trolley rides for kids, Magers and Quinn host great events like one of my favorite artists Daniel Clowes, Addendum is run by the two nicest people and it is the little bookstore that could, and the Red Balloon for their over-the-top and outgoing support of local authors and illustrators."
—Stephen Shaskan, illustrator of the upcoming Q & Ray series (launching this fall!)
—Shannon Gibney, author of Minnesota Book Award winner See No Color
—Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of Minnesota Book Award finalist LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field
—Jane O'Reilly, author of The Secret of Goldenrod
—Tracy Nelson Maurer, author of Noah Webster's Fighting Words
"My absolute favorite bookstore is the Bookstore At Fitger's in Duluth. The location is unique, charming, and literally just a few steps away from one of the best viewing spots on Lake Superior. It has a great selection and an amazing children's section, with not just books, but a huge collection of games and toys. They have Muppets. And candy. Lots and lots of candy. The staff is really cool, and they treat their local authors really well. You can get lost in this store for hours."
—Chris Monroe, author of Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins