Bookstore Day Items

Independent Bookstore Day is an incredible event that celebrates brick-and-mortar local bookstores all across America. This year, it'll take place on Saturday, April 29th. Since Green Apple Books now has two amazing locations, we'll essentially be celebrating twice as hard! Each store will host a day full of activities and author appearances. For more news and information pertaining to Independent Bookstore Day nationwide, you can check out their website


In addition to all of the fun and giveaways, see below for EXCLUSIVE merchandise for sale only on Independent Bookstore Day! These items are for sale in store only on April 29, 2017. Quantities are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis. (We reserve the right to limit the quantities sold, including the right to limit or prohibit sales to dealers on these items.) 




Exclusive signed story from Michael Chabon!


The second edition in our on-going $6 Stories series is a short story that was cut from Michael Chabon’s newest novel, Moonglow. It’s a hilarious side-story of the half-baked plan to catch a German spy via the well-connected Jews of Philadelphia’s underbelly in the 1940s. In typical Chabon style, it’s fast and funny, and bursting with a cast of perfectly rendered outcasts and oddballs. Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Telegraph Avenue and many others.


Price: $6.00




Favorite Drinks from our Favorite Writers!


Welcome to the country’s best literary cocktail party. This fun and useful book contains funny anecdotes and witty stories along with cocktail recipes from some of our favorite writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass’s namesake cocktail, the Julia’s Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub.

Contributors include: Amy Stewart, Sloane Crosley, Anthony Marra, Viet Thanh Nguyen, James Patterson, Molly Prentiss, Emma Straub, J. Ryan Stradal, Joshilyn Jackson, Novella Carpenter, Julia Glass, Beth Lisick, Daniel Handler, Homer Hickam, Lauren Groff, Edan Lepucki, Amor Towles, Meghan Daum, Willy Vlautin, Louis Bayard, Min Jin Lee, Samuel Ligon, Wendy Mass, A.S. King, Karen Abbott, Kate Schatz, David Swinson, and Jacqueline Luckett.


Price: $16.99



A vinyl edition of the bestselling Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Based on the tremendously popular podcast of the same name, Night Vale has a huge and ardent fan base. This edition features highlights from the audiobook and exclusive commentary from Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, and Cecil Baldwin. Beautifully packaged with “flypaper” sleeve, the purple vinyl also includes a full-length digital download of the Welcome to Night Vale audiobook performed by Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Thérèse Plummer, and Dan Bittner.


Price: $24.95



An original print illustrated and signed by Jenny Lawson!


This original, black and white drawing by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, is inspired by her brand new activity book You Are Here. The pro-books, pro-reading design is printed on archival, gallery quality paper and can be framed and hung as is or used as a large-format coloring poster. It is not included in the book and will become a must-have for her legions of fans. Lawson’s two memoirs, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, were #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her newest book, You Are Here, is part therapy, part humor, part coloring book.


16” x 20”


Price: $17.99



The 52 titles featured on this beautiful Literary Map of the United States are an unpredictable mix of modern classics and more obscure novels that create a reading list for America. Each state is represented by a single novel that captures some important essence of its setting. Created by San Francisco's 3Fish Studios, creators of previous Independent Bookstore Day prints A Literary Map of California and A Literary Map of the Seas.


16” x 20”, full-color, gallery quality giclee print suitable for framing.


Price: $42.00



This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, makeup, cash, and other sundries) features portraits of real author dogs like Sparky Patchett and Jennie Sendak along with a quote by Virginia Woolf. All hand drawn especially for Independent Bookstore Day by Caryn Cast. Cute!


100% cotton canvas, zipper enclosure, 9” x 6”, made in the USA by Out of Print Clothing


Price: $14.00



The Booksmith in San Francisco developed these cleverly beautiful literary condoms for Independent Bookstore Day 2016, and they were so popular we’ve decided to bring them back! 2 designs illustrated by Madeline Gobbo: “Give Me That Darcy” Jane Austen condoms and “Great Expectations” condoms. 


Lubricated, FDA-certified latex condoms, each sold separately.


Price: $3.99



Every year we create our signature Bad Citizen Graffiti Stencil to highlight the authors and the words that push us to think, read, and be disruptive when necessary. This year’s stencil features a quote from professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.: "CENSORSHIP IS TO ART AS LYNCHING IS TO JUSTICE."


12” x 16” on 1⁄8” red oak board with detailed laser cutting.


Price: $35.00




This year’s flour sack tea towel set features two food-related literary quotes: “I HATE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT MEALS. IT IS SO SHALLOW OF THEM.” – Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest) & “ONE CANNOT THINK WELL, LOVE WELL, SLEEP WELL, IF ONE HAS NOT DINED WELL.” – Virginia Woolf (A Room of One's Own). This bold graphic design is by Evan Robertson of Obvious State.


These two 100% cotton 18” x 25” flour sack towels are packaged together.


Price: $22.00



This soft cotton onesie featuring Mo Willems’s wonderful Elephant and Piggie and an encouragement to READ makes the perfect baby gift for bibliophiles! Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Knuffle Bunny, and Knuffle Bunny Too); he also won two Geisel Medals and two Geisel Honors for his Elephant and Piggie book series.


100% cotton, size 12 months.


Price: $22.00


Limited edition fine art print by illustrated and signed by Oliver Jeffers!


Behold a piece of picture book magic! From the acclaimed New York Times bestseller and #1 Indie Next title A Child of Books, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston offer an exclusive signed fine art print for book lovers of all ages. This lyrical picture book showcasing Jeffers’s elegant images combined with Winston’s typographical landscapes shaped from excerpts of children’s classics inspires readers to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine.


15.5” x 8.5”, full color giclée fine art print suitable for framing.


Price: $29.99     Limited Edition: 1000 in print. 




KINDRED SPIRITS: a short story by Rainbow Rowell


A short story written originally for World Book Day in the UK about a girl camping out to see the new Star Wars movie who unexpectedly meets an unlikely someone who might truly understand the way she feels. Charming and romantic, this story has never been released in the US! Quantities are extremely limited, so here's how to grab one while supplies last:


Step 1: Be a kid (under age 18).

Step 2: Visit Green Apple Books on Independent Bookstore Day (Saturday, April 29th). 

Step 3: Say "please!"

Step 4: Enjoy your FREE book!



GOT CHARACTER? Matching Card Game for Kids


The Got Character? card game uses classic and contemporary characters from Macmillan Publishing’s bestselling and award-winning titles like Bad Kitty and The Pout-Pout Fish to update Go Fish. Large cards are made for little hands. Free while supplies last!




In honor of the third annual Independent Bookstore Day, all customers that visit Green Apple Books on April 29th will have the opportunity to download five complimentary digital audiobooks from, plus two incredible samplers! Titles include #1 Indie Next Pick The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and more. How do you take advantage of this offer? Easy. Show up at our store on April 29th, and be sure to create your account now so you will be ready to download on the 29th!