Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 28 from 9:30am to 8:00pm

Join us as we celebrate National Independent Bookstore Day! All day, we'll have activities for children and adults, special discounts, guest booksellers, exclusive items, refreshments, and more.

Come celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at New Dominion Bookshop! We’ll be celebrating the holiday with our first annual Rose Garden Tea Party, guest booksellers, a scavenger hunt, in-store giveaways, themed discounts, and children’s storytimes and activities. See below for details.

Schedule of Events

9:30 AM
New Dominion Bookshop opens! We’ll be offering free coffee and hot chocolate until noon (while supplies last).

10:00 AM

Meet your favorite author: guest bookseller and YA author Kristen-Paige Madonia will be greeting customers and recommending her favorite books until noon.

11:00 AM
Join us for a special children’s Storytime with Maisie Goes to the Local Bookstore and a Maisie-themed coloring extravaganza. All ages are welcome.

12:00 PM
The staff of UVA’s The Declaration will take the floor as guest booksellers until 2 PM.

1:00 PM
Join us for a special Harry Potter Storytime and an exciting game of Quidditch Cornhole. All ages are welcome.

2:00 PM
Meet your favorite author: guest bookseller and author Donna Lucey will be greeting customers and recommending her favorite books until 4 PM.

3:00 PM
This is what you’ve been waiting for—our first annual Rose Garden Tea Party! Join us out back under our bower of blooming roses for tea, shortbread cookies, and lively, literary conversation.

Bookstore Day Specials

  • Get a free literary temporary tattoo when you spend $25 or more (while supplies last).
  • Get a free Taschen Bibliotheca Universalis art book from the Taschen spinner when you spend $100 or more (while supplies last).
  • All books in the Macmillan Collectors’ Library (on the blue spinner) are Buy One, Get One Free.
  • Complete our Instagram scavenger hunt and receive 25% off your entire purchase. Scavenger hunt rules will be announced on the morning of Bookstore Day.
  • Finally, we’ll also be giving away free balloons for kids!