Just as people from your correspondent’s generation, millennials, will always remember a time when payphones littered the streets, the next generation will remember the lingering presence of an industry that was once the primary hub of information exchange. The humble book store grew into huge media conglomerates to accommodate all forms of media; music, videos, internet cafes, and even video games, only to be snuffed out by the emergence of new technologies, such as the digital download and Amazon Prime.
Today there are few bookstores left, The Seattle Times lists only 2,227 as of 2015, but their community is strong and tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th, 400 of them will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day:
The area’s participating bookstores will offer author appearances, parties and some nice swag to customers who attend one of the stores. Last year 42 people accepted the challenge of visiting all participating stores; this year those who rise to the challenge will get 25 percent off all year at all 17 participating bookstores (you can pick up a bookstore “passport” and instructions at any of the participating stores.) Other treats, according to a press release: “author signings, raffles, scavenger hunts, art prints, prize wheels, kids tables, book giveaways, discounts and sales, workshops, story times, photo booth, dog costume contest and many more!”
To find shops celebrating Independent Bookstore Day near you, visit their Facebook, or contact them on Twitter: #SEAbookstoreday.