Independent Bookstore Day

  • Posted on: 26 February 2024
  • By: TanyaMills

New Graphic for Front Porch Author Signings on Independent Bookstore Day

Schedule for Author Appearances:

10 am - Noon: Book Signing on the Front Porch with award-winning author and bookstore owner TANYA PARKER MILLS

Noon - 12:30 pm: Story Time with GIVEAWAYS FOR EVERY ATTENDING CHILD

1 pm - 3 pm: Book Signing on the Front Porch with James Beard Award-winning food writer KIM FOSTER

4 pm - 6 pm: Book Signing on the Front Porch with YA author STEVE CAPONE, JR.


DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE STAMPED MAP OF ALL THE PARTICIPATING UTAH BOOKSTORES . . . (For a shot at a $100 gift card, simply start your year-long bookstore trek with us and then be the first to return with all the stores on the map stamped to prove your visit.)

This year's map (with 8 additional bookstores):

Final 2024 Utah Bookstores Crawl Map





Cover of Terry Pratchett's "A Stroke of the Pen"     5 paperback editions of Terry Pratchett's "A Stroke of the Pen." ($18.99 each)

A delightfully funny, fantastically inventive collection of twenty newly unearthed short stories by Sir Terry Pratchett, the award-winning and bestselling author of the phenomenally successful Discworld fantasy series. This special trove — featuring charming woodcut illustrations and a new cover — is a must-have for Pratchett fans of all ages and includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman. 

These rediscovered tales were written by Terry Pratchett under a pseudonym for British newspapers during the 1970s and 1980s. The stories have never been attributed to him until now, and might never have been found — were it not for the efforts of a few dedicated fans.


Cover of "The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America"     Page of bird stickers included in the book     5 signed editions of Matt Kracht's "The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America" ($15.95 each)

An indie bookstore exclusive 5-year anniversary edition of The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America. This exclusive signed edition also includes a dumb birds sticker sheet and a letter from the author, Matt Kracht, to the readers that made this book a bestseller for the past five years.

Matt Kracht is an amateur birder, writer, and illustrator who enjoys creating books that celebrate the humor inherent in life's absurdities. He is the author of the bestselling The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America and its sequel, The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World. Based in Seattle, he enjoys gazing out the window at the beautiful waters of Puget Sound and making fun of birds. He also likes bees. Like, a lot.


2 "Bans Off Our Books" pouches ($16.00 each)

Take a stance against censorship with this gorgeous zippered pouch designed by Ash + Chess for Out of Print.


Read. Think. Vote enamel pin10 Read. Think. Vote. enamel pins ($12.00 each)

Get poLITical with this stylish enamel pin designed by Kristle Marshall for Out of Print. Made of brass with a white nickel finish.

Out of Print supports a well-informed democratic process created through books and open-minded conversation.


Cover of Chelsea G. Summers's "An Excellent Host"     1 Signed paperback copy of "An Excellent Host" by Chelsea G. Summers ($14.95)

Two brand new stories, exclusive for Indie Bookstore Day, from the bestselling author of A Certain Hunger. Signed, limited edition paperback. 

Chelsea G. Summers is a writer whose work focuses on sex, politics, tech, fashion and culture. She is a former academic and professor with Ph.D. training in eighteenth-century British literature, a discipline that has proven to be shockingly useful when writing about contemporary culture. She was a columnist for the now defunct ADULT magazine, and her work has appeared in VICE, Fusion, Hazlitt, The New Republic, The Guardian, and Roxane Gay’s Medium series. She splits her time between New York and Stockholm, Sweden, and can be found on Twitter @chelseagsummers. A Certain Hunger is her first novel.


     10 "Eat Sleep Read Local" magnets ($3.99 each)

Inspired by the popular IndieBound posters, readers can show their support for independent bookstores in their community on their refrigerator or other magnetic surfaces.


"The Future is Indie" mug     5 "The Future is Indie" mugs ($15.99 each)

Sip from this “The Future is Indie” mug as a reminder of championing individuality and celebrating the boundless possibilities of independent creativity with every brew. This glossy colored exterior mug with glossy white interior, black rim, and speckles is microwave safe.


"The Future is Indie" Indie Bookstore Day tote bag     5 "The Future is Indie" Independent Bookstore Day tote bags ($14.99 each)

The 2024 Independent Bookstore Day tote bag has a gusseted bottom. The tote bags are made available to Independent Bookstore Day stores and sold individually.


"Bubbly Beautiful Kitty-Corn" and tatoo sheet     3 signed copies of Shannon Hales's "Bubbly Beautiful Kitty-Corn" and tattoo sheet ($19.99 each)

From bestselling Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn creators Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham comes another heartwarming and hilarious Kitty and Unicorn story about big dreams, self-esteem, the enduring magic of true friendship...and mermaids! Each book will come with a signed bookplate affixed to the title page and a tattoo sheet. 

LeUyen Pham and Shannon Hale are the team behind the bestselling picture books Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn and Pretty Perfect Kitty-Corn, the bestselling graphic novels Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends Forever, and, with Dean Hale, the early chapter book series The Princess in Black. They’ve made a bunch of other books, too. They are both: moms of kids who love parties, wives to husbands who give them homemade cards, honor award winners (Caldecott and Newbery), caretakers of cats, and believers in unicorns. Pham lives in Los Angeles, Hale lives in Utah, and although they also have friends close to home, their best friend hearts are always entwined.


2024 Independent Bookstore Day Blackwing Pencil     18 boxes of Independent Bookstore Day Blackwing Pencils, with 12 to a box ($30.00 per box)

Blackwing & Independent Bookstore Day have teamed up for the fourth consecutive year to create a new set of pencils exclusively for independent bookstores. Each specially-designed box contains 12 incense-cedar pencils with Blackwing’s iconic firm graphite. Each year the interest and popularity of these limited edition pencils continues to grow. The pencils feature a design inspired by independent bookstores and the printed word.


"That's not my..." Coloring book     4 "That's Not My..." Coloring Booklet (FREE)

2024 marks 25 years of Usborne's globally bestselling touchy-feely series, THAT'S NOT MY®. To celebrate the occasion, booksellers can get their hands on a limited edition 8 page THAT'S NOT MY® coloring book, made up of popular characters from the series. With bold illustrations and fun extracts from the books, this giveaway item is sure to be popular amongst adults and toddlers who enjoy reading the series together.

Fiona Watt is an Editorial Director and writer at Usborne Publishing. She graduated from Exeter University with a Bachelor of Education in Art and Design. She taught for three years at a primary school in Kent, before spending two years at a British school in The Netherlands. She started working at Usborne in 1989 and has written and edited hundreds of books including baby and novelty, sticker, art and craft, cookery, science and activity books. She has written all the titles in the award-winning THAT'S NOT MY® series and many in the highly successful Sticker Dolly Dressing series. She is the sixth biggest-selling UK children's author, with over 10 million of her books sold in the UK since records began.

Rachel Wells is a successful illustrator and author, best known for illustrating all of the THAT'S NOT MY® books.


Cover of Mac Barnett's "The First Cat in Space Moon Comix"     10 copies of Mac Barnett's and Shawn Harris's "The First Cat in Space Moon Comix" (FREE)

Exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day 2024, an 8-page, full-color comic by award winning creators Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris, based on their massively popular, action-packed and hysterical graphic novel series, The First Cat in Space! 

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. His picture books include two Caldecott Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn. Among his other popular books are I Love You Like a Pig, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, and The Magic Word, illustrated by Elise Parsley. He lives in Oakland, California.

Shawn Harris’ first illustrated book, Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, received seven starred reviews, was an Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book, an ALA Notable, and a PW Best Book of the Year. His other picture books include Eggers' What Can a Citizen Do, which was a Time Magazine Best Children’s Book, Everyone’s Awake by Colin Meloy, A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett, and his own author-illustrated works Have You Ever Seen a Flower? and Doing Business. Harris also occasionally moonlights as singer/songwriter of the popular Oakland, California, band The Matches, whose early 2000s album art sparked his illustration career.


Rebel Girls series sticker sheet     9 "Rebel Girls" series sticker sheets (FREE)

An exclusive sticker sheet with over 15 stickers, featuring fun illustrations and empowering sayings in the signature Rebel Girls style.


We Love Indies Coloring Book     5 "We Love Indies" Coloring Books (FREE)

We asked our favorite Quarto authors and artists to submit coloring pages of their favorite local, independent bookstores, and they delivered! Includes a short quote from the author on what they LOVE best about their favorite Indie bookstore and a coloring page inspired by each store.


"We Love Indies" Kids Activity Book     5 "We Love Indies" Kids Activity Books: Word Games, Mazes, Coloring and More! (FREE)

Dozens of fun activities to celebrate books and Independent Bookstore Day. A collection of word games, mazes, scavenger hunts, and coloring pages inspired by a love for bookstores and books, including some of Quarto's best-selling titles like Little People, BIG DREAMS; Young, Gifted and Black; and ABC What Can She Be.


Set of three greeting cards with art and messaging from the picture book "Be You!" by Peter H. Reynolds      5 sets of 3 greeting cards based on the art and messaging of Peter Reynolds's picture book, "Be You!" (FREE)

A set of three greeting cards with envelopes, designed to be an inspiring message to new graduates! Using art and messaging from the picture book Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds. One pack is 3 cards with envelopes, belly banded together. 

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including Happy Dreamer, The Word Collector, Say Something!, Be You!, and Our Table. He is also the illustrator of When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left by Marc Colagiovanni. His books have been translated into over 25 languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create "stories that matter, stories that move." He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family.


NOTE: All of the above items will be sold or given away on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot hold requested items behind the cash counter for you unless you buy them over the phone first.




Golden Ticket for giveaway of audiobooks on Independent Bookstore Day

On Independent Bookstore Day, search the store for a GOLDEN TICKET to win a year's supply of audiobooks from our partner,!




Event address: 
94 West Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770-4087