DC Bookstores Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Giveaways and Big Discounts

Calling all bookworms: This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day and bookstores in Washington are celebrating with special offers, pop-ups and giveaways. Several stores have partnered with IndieBound, a movement launched by the American Booksellers Association to promote and showcase independent booksellers by distributing exclusive merchandise such as mugs, bookmarks and tote bags.

Four bookstores team up for a bookstore crawl on Saturday from 9am to 2.30pm. Visitors can print or pick up a map from Bold Folk Books (3064 Mount Pleasant St., NW), lost city books (2467 18th St., NW), Loyalty Bookstore (843 Upshur St., NW), or The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Rd., NW† The card gives customers a 10 percent discount on purchases at these stores.

In addition to the bookstore crawl, check out how these 14 local booksellers are celebrating.

Bookstore Bards Alley

110 Church St., NW, Vienna

The women-owned bookstore celebrates all day with local authors Laura Gehl, Henna Khan, Margaret Rodenberg, Alyssa Colman, Stacie Murphy, stopping by for stories and book signings. There will also be special merchandise and giveaways, and if you spend $75 or more, you could win a swag bundle or prize.

Bridge Street Books

2814 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

The Georgetown bookstore has a store-wide discount of 10 percent.

Busboys and poets

Locations 14th Street, Mount Vernon Triangle, Takoma, Hyattsville, Shirlington and Columbia

Select titles, including autographed copies and personnel picks, are discounted 15 percent at six of the local restaurant and bookstore chains. Every purchase comes with a free Busboy & Poet sticker, and purchases of $50 or more come with a free carrying case.

Capitol Hill Books

657 C St., SE

The beloved second-hand bookstore is offering a 10 percent discount on all purchases.

East City Bookstore

645 Pennsylvania Ave., Unit 100, SE

It’s not just Indie Bookstore Day, it’s also East City Bookshop’s sixth anniversary! Visit the Capitol Hill store for flash sales and giveaways. Bonus: There will be cupcakes.

Loyalty Bookstore

843 Upshur Street, NW; 823 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring

Not only will the Shaw location participate in the DC Bookstore Crawl, both the Shaw and Silver Spring locations will be selling guest books by local authors: Susie Dumond in Petworth and Thien-Kim Lam in Silver Spring. The stores have a 20 percent discount in-store and online on select autographed books. Loyalty raffled off two sets of titles honoring Black stories on Twitter to people who send an image of a receipt or order confirmation on the weekend. There will also be swagbag giveaways with bookish freebies on purchases over $50.

Hooray for books!

1555 King St., Alexandria

The Old Town Alexandria store has exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise on hand throughout the day.


1517 Connecticut Ave., NW

The Dupont Circle bookstore/cafe is hosting a “Blind Date with a Book” special, where customers will receive a surprise book for every $100 spent.

Old City Books

130 S Royal St., Alexandria

Visit Old Town Books for 10 percent off select staff selections and purchase a free tote bag with purchases of $50 or more. There will also be swag and social media giveaways.

Book another page

2200 N Westmoreland St., Arlington

Expect giveaways and special merch for sale throughout the day.

The Potter’s House

1658 Columbia Rd., NW

Adams Morgan’s nonprofit bookstore is participating in the bookstore crawl, and all of its books are discounted by 30 percent. Receive a free hot or iced coffee with every bookstore purchase or spend $50 to receive a free limited edition literary gift.

Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe

2714 Georgia Ave., NW

Black’s cafe and bookshop, specializing in African-focused books, programs, and movies, will have a ton of sales: 30 percent off the biography section, 10 percent off all other sections, 50 percent off movies produced by the founders of the store, and a 20 percent discount on smoothies at the cafe.

Scrawl books

11911 Freedom Dr., Reston

The Reston bookstore will offer literary items and exclusive editions of books created in collaboration with authors and publishers, as well as free tote bags with purchases of at least $125. At 11:30 a.m. NoVa-based authors, Sue Fliess, Debra Kempf Shumaker, and Ann Marie Stevens, Story Times with some of their latest books.

Solid State Books

600-FH St., NE

The Black-owned bookstore is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day all week with an Instagram puzzle series. Solid State Books has posted various puzzles such as crosswords and Wordles on its Instagram. The first person to come to the bookstore on Saturday with the answer to a particular puzzle wins a prize. In addition, the store will host a sidewalk table with pop-up vendors and a spin-a-wheel, where customers will spin for a chance to win a prize. At 5:30 PM, join DC area poets Susan Sheid, Derrick Weston Brown and Alexa Patrick for a night of poetry.

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