Independent Bookstore Day 2019

Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020

What is Independent Bookstore Day?

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, kids events, readings, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Independent Bookstore Day Join the Party! Saturday, April 27, 2019

Why are we celebrating independent bookstores?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

What's happening at Once Upon A Time?

All Day: Exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items for sale (while supplies last)

All Day: Treats, goodies, and prizes!

All Day: Free select audiobooks from our partners at

All Day: Time with our bookstore kitty, Pippi 

All Day: $5 off if you bring in your Independent Bookstore Day Tote or any Once Upon A Time reusable bag on a purchase of $15 or more

All Day: 10% off books about books and bookstores

11 am: Special Storytime and Book Signing with Rachel MacFarlane and Spencer Laudrieo

3 pm: Special Storytime and Book Signing with Vincent X. Kirsch

More events being added soon!

Free Audiobooks from

We are giving all our customers free audiobooks to say thank you for supporting our bookstore. The audiobooks are available through our partner,, on Saturday, April 27th. Create a free account now and you’ll receive an email with a link to the free audiobooks on April 27th. Then, come celebrate in-store!

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27th with free audiobooks from and Once Upon A Time

Preview of some exclusive items!

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