April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day, and Atlanta is in no short supply of those. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday while also supporting small businesses and the Atlanta literary community, consider stopping into one of these five great spots for some Independent Bookstore Day festivities — including visits from 2019 Independent Bookstore Day ambassador Tayari Jones.
Eagle Eye Book Shop. Eagle Eye is turning Sweet 16, and is marking the occasion with a visit from Tayari Jones from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Afterward, it’ll be hosting 10 other local authors for conversations and meet-and-greets. Best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson will also be stopping by to host a game of “Never Have I Ever,” in celebration of her new book. More info here.
Little Shop of Stories. Atlanta’s favorite children’s bookstore is using Independent Bookstore Day to say thank you to its customers with visits from Tayari Jones at 11:30 a.m. and Joshilyn Jackson at 5:30 p.m. You’ll also be able to stop by for some tasty treats, Independent Bookstore Day-exclusive items and a $5 Golden Ticket, which guarantees you a prize. More info here.
Charis Books & More. Charis recently relocated to Agnes Scott College, and to celebrate, it’s going gangbusters with an all-day Grand Reopening beginning at 10 a.m. The country’s oldest feminist bookstore will have food, cake, King of Pops, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a book signing by Tayari Jones at 1:30. There will also be limited-edition Independent Bookstore Day merch for sale. More info here.
FoxTale Book Shoppe. FoxTale is a little suburban book spot hiding in downtown Woodstock. For Independent Bookstore Day, it’ll be serving up all-day mimosas, and the first 50 customers will also receive a goodie bag that includes books and other treats. It’ll host author Anna Jean Mayhew at 2 p.m. for a conversation about her new book, Tomorrow’s Bread. More info here.
Avid Bookshop. Looking to take a mini road trip? Head to Avid Books in Athens for kid and pet-friendly Indie Bookstore Day festivities at the Prince Avenue and Five Points locations, including face painting, story times, dog portraits, a sidewalk sale, poetry on demand and a write-to-your senator station. Author Helen Ellis joins the festivities at the Prince location at 6 p.m. with an event for her book Southern Lady Code. More info here.
Other great spots to shop:
- A Cappella Books. Literary institution A Cappella Books is celebrating 30 years in Atlanta this year. It’s contending with the Inman Park Festival this Saturday, which means the road is blocked off, but the store is still open — and celebrating Indie Bookstore Day with an author talk at 2, a visit from Tayari Jones at 3:30 and some limited edition goods for sale. More info here.
- 44th and 3rd Bookseller. 44th and 3rd opened in 2017 as “a source of unbiased literature that is true to the rich culture of excellence experienced and expressed in the Black community world-wide.” It’s offering up unique Indie Bookstore Day companion items on Saturday, in addition to its existing collection. Swing in and show some love. More info here.
- Underground Books. Underground Books is a gem, hidden below street-level in the Carrollton Square. There will be exclusive goods, book-filled totes to give away and signed titles available on Saturday. Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area. More info here.