Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is back for its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 29, 2023. This national one-day party celebrates independent bookstores across the country in-store and online.
For those of you who have participated in IBD in the past, you will probably recognize the Twin Citied IBD Passport. Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Literary Calendar is once again publishing its Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! These beautiful passports will be available at the participating bookstores listed below starting Monday, April 24, and continuing through to IBD itself on Saturday, April 29.
Packed with bookstore coupons and illustrations by local artist Kevin Cannon, the Passport is FREE to pick up at any participating store. Once you obtain a Passport, get it stamped at ALL the stores you visit that week for future discounts and a chance to win prizes. As an extra perk for those who use the passport, each stamp activates that store’s coupon!
How it Works
Pick up a passport and activate the coupons
Visit any of the participating stores listed below, and get a stamp at each bookstore you visit through April 29. Each stamp activates that store’s coupon; just bring your Passport back after May 1 to buy books and save!
Get any 12 stamps, and you activate ALL store coupons
Collect stamps from any 12 bookstores and ask the twelfth one to stamp a special page that will activate all 23 coupons in the Passport — you’ll have bookstore savings for months to come!
Get all 23 stamps, and be entered to win the Grand Prize
Collect stamps from ALL the bookstores and ask the final one you visit to stamp the special square on the back of the Passport. Once you have collected all 23 stamps you’ll be eligible to win one of five literary prize packs or a Grand Prize! To enter your passport for a chance to win a prize, email a picture of the “Bookstore Hero Stamps” page to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of the day on Monday, May 1st. OR tear it out and mail it in by Monday, May 1st to Rain Taxi, PO Box 3840, Mpls MN 55403 with your email address or phone number included. Winners will be notified by email on Friday, May 5.
2023 Participating Stores
Click on these links to learn more about the open hours, special activities, and limited or exclusive items available at each participating store!
Babycake’s Book Stack
Black Garnet Books
Chapter 2 Books
Comma, a bookshop
Cream & Amber
DreamHaven Books & Comics
Excelsior Bay Books
Lake Country Booksellers
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
May Day Books
Foodie & Craft Pro