California Bookstore Day Catalog

Congratulations, By the Way (Special Edition)

Author: George Saunders

Publisher: Random House

Retail Price: $20.00

Description: In May 2013, George Saunders gave an eight-minute convocation address at Syracuse University. Congratulations, By the Way, an expanded version of that speech, brings Saunders’s trademark wit, wisdom, and compassion to an even broader audience. 

This special CBD edition is signed, numbered, and doodled in by the author.

Do You Smell Carrots?: A Joke Book for Kids

Contributors: Lemony Snicket, Jon Scieszka, Katherine Applegate, Jeff Kinney, Jane Wattenberg, Lynne Reid Banks, and more!

Publisher: California Bookstore Day Publishing

Retail Price: $14.99

Description: A full-color joke book for kids 7-11 with contributions by some of our best-loved children’s authors and illustrators. From gorgeous watercolor illustrations to ballpoint pen stick figures, most jokes include artwork by the contributor

(Spoiler: Lemony Snicket can’t draw).

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Tote Bag

Author: Dave Eggers

Publisher: Litographs

Retail Price: $29.00

Description: Litographs takes the actual text of a book and prints it on a tote bag in a gorgeous, modern design inspired by the work. Dave Eggers is allowing us to use A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius for California Bookstore Day only. Litographs is a small family company based in Cambridge, MA that combines art and literature to create beautiful works that breathe new life into great books. They partner with the International Book Bank to send one new, high-quality book to a community in need for each product they sell. [Specs: Tote bags are highly water-resistant and include a five-inch inner pocket; 17”w x 14.75”h, with a 9” hanging strap and flat bottom.]

Depressed. Repressed. Obsessed. 3-Panel Book Reviews

Author: Lisa Brown

Publisher: California Bookstore Day Publishing

Retail Price: $17.99

Description: A full-color, 68-page hardcover book featuring Lisa Brown’s 3-Panel book reviews. SIGNED and NUMBERED with an introduction by the bestselling author of the Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny books, Mo Willems.

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Retail Price: $16.00

Description: A limited bound and illustrated copy of a Gaiman short story inspired by Sleeping Beauty for middle and young readers.

California Classics Box Set

Author: John Fante, Charles Bukowski, Armistead Maupin, and Elmore Leonard

Publisher: Harper Collins

Retail Price: $48.00

Description: New covers and art for a 4-novel box set of classic California literature including Ask the Dust by John Fante, Hollywood by Charles Bukowski, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, and Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard.

"Bad Citizen" Stencil

Author: Don DeLillo

Publisher: California Bookstore Day Publishing

Retail Price: $35.00

Description: A wooden stencil suitable to hang as art or use as a graffiti stencil, inspired by Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise. Beautifully packaged in a cellophane envelope. [Specs: 12 x 16 on ⅛” thick craft wood with detailed lazer cuts]

A Literary Map of California

Author: 3 Fish Studios

Publisher: California Bookstore Day Publishing

Retail Price: $40

Description: An original full-color giclee print of California literary settings featuring 24 beloved books from the 20th and 21st centuries including The Maltese Falcon, The Joy Luck Club, Wild, Devil in a Blue Dress, and others. Gallery quality, suitable for framing, and created especially for CBD. [Specs: 16 x 20]

Punk Rock Writers Journal

Author: Wendy MacNaughton

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Retail Price: $9.95

Description: This journal features clever watercolor portraits of famous writers by beloved San Francisco-based artist Wendy MacNaughton. With full-color illustrations of punk rock authors throughout. 

The Bookish Life Print

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Little Brown

Retail Price: $15.00

Description: Lemony Snicket presents a SIGNED AND NUMBERED limited edition print created exclusively for California Bookstore Day. It features an unnerving original observation from Mr. Snicket pertaining to books and the State of California with art by Seth. Impeccably designed and beautifully produced, the print is suitable for framing. [Specs: 11 x 17]

Signed Hugo Lithograph

Author: Brian Selznick

Publisher: Scholastic

Retail Price: $20.00

Description: A gallery quality litho of Isabelle in the bookstore (from page 147) on linen paper. SIGNED by the author. Shrink-wrapped with a cardboard backing. [Specs: 8 x 10]

Recipes from Michael Pollan's Kitchen

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Penguin Group

Retail Price: $16.00

Description: Beautifully designed recipe cards containing personal recipes from bestselling author and food guru Michael Pollan. Recipes are collected in a keepsake recipe box with a special note by the author. 


Author: Various Contributors

Publisher: McSweeney's

Retail Price: $30.00

Description: Ten new contributions from the California section of the McSweeney’s stable of poets and writers, neatly bound in an accordion book. Writers—including Matthew Zapruder, Jesse Nathan, and Jim Ruland, with more to come—explore through short pieces the best bookstore they know of that doesn’t exist. (A bookstore on a boat? Why, yes! A bookstore in which the books grow like fruit and flowers on a single, riotous, store-encircling vine? Okay!) As a whole, the collection celebrates the idiosyncratic, joy-and-dream-inducing potential that is the independent bookstore. And what’s more, this accordion book is unbindable: when its binding is loosed, the pages unfold to reveal a hidden, multi-panel illustration inspired by the California landscape, from Calexico to Copco.