Join over 500 independent bookstores in 48 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise
N. CHARLESTON, SC – April 6, 2018 – Charleston’s mobile bookstore Itinerant Literate Books will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on April 28, with support from Park Circle businesses The Brew Cellar and Commonhouse Aleworks.
This year marks the mobile retailer’s third year of participation in the nationwide event. Beginning as a market pop-up bookshop in 2015, Itinerant Literate launched its retrofitted 1958 Yellowstone Trailer on Independent Bookstore Day in 2016.The bookmobile will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of O’Hear Avenue and Stone’s Alley, between The Brew Cellar (1050 E. Montague Ave.) and Commonhouse Aleworks (4831 O'Hear Ave.).
Independent Bookstore Day celebrates the readers who support independent bookstores, and Itinerant Literate has created a day of programming with a bookish events for everyone.
“The day will be a marathon of events, all highlighting the unique offerings of our mobile independent bookstore and local writer community,” says Julia Turner, co-owner of Itinerant Literate. “We have story and activity times for kids, cupcakes to celebrate the bookstore’s birthday, and our amazing local authors, signing and creating original content just for the day!”
Kid-friendly events like a Dr. Seuss activity time, “Tumbling Tales” with Grassroots Gymnastics, and interactive story time with Novel Effect will dominate the morning. Starting at 3:30, The Brew Cellar will host two local authors for readings and signings on their patio:
Shortgrain co-owner and young adult novelist Corrie Wang will read from and sign copies of her novel The Takedown, which was named one of 2018’s best Young Adult novels by the American Library Association.
Local writer Cinelle Barnes will read from and be on hand to sign copies of her acclaimed memoir Monsoon Mansion. Described by Booklist as “luminescent and shattering, Barnes’s first book is a triumph: a conquering of the past through the power of the written word,” Monsoon Mansion is Barnes’ first memoir.
Customers can preorder or purchase a copy of either book on Independent Bookstore Day.
Longtime Park Circle business The Brew Cellar has been the site of Itinerant Literate’s Independent Bookstore Day celebration for the past two years and is excited to be participating again this year. In addition to its diverse tap and bottle selection, Brew Cellar will have non-alcoholic options for younger patrons for the day.
“We love participating in Independent Bookstore Day,” said Ryan Hendricks, co-owner of the Brew Cellar. “It’s a great opportunity to work with other businesses in the area and meet new customers.”
Throughout the day, guests of all ages can play Scrabble, take part in the DIY blackout poetry station, and claim exclusive door prizes and special surprise giveaways. Customers will also have the chance to buy a book from Hursey Elementary School’s wishlist for 10 percent off their total purchase.
Neighborhood newcomers Commonhouse Aleworks has been all about community from the start, and its values align with the spirit of Independent Bookstore Day. “Throughout history, people have gathered to communicate, organize, and participate in community over shared pints. Our business isn’t just beer. It’s people. It’s the relationships. It’s being a part of something greater than one’s self,” says co-proprietor Hank Hanna.
At 6 p.m., Commonhouse will host Itinerant Literate’s popular StorySlam, a local author live storytelling event modeled after The Moth, this year also accompanied by a poetry open mic hosted by Unspoken Word. Storytellers include co-owner of the Orange Spot Coffeehouse Laura Conner; award-winning author of Invictus, Wolf by Wolf, and The Walled City, Ryan Graudin; writer and College of Charleston MFA professors Anthony Varallo and Malinda McCollum; and more. Author signings will follow.
Itinerant Literate will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. “We look forward to this day every year,” said Christen Thompson, Itinerant Literate co-owner. “Bringing people together around a shared, new experience, and talk books? It doesn’t really get better than that.”
Itinerant Literate Books is a community-focused bookstore with a selection of new and used titles reflective of the community. We engage in knowledgeable bookselling that puts our readers first and abide by the values of respect, thoughtfulness, inclusivity, intellectual individuality and community empowerment. Our goal is to hand-sell to each adult and child in our community his/her/their (new) favorite book.