May 1 is Buy Indie Day. What are your plans?
Buy Indie Day is an international day of advocacy and appreciation for independent booksellers, the brainchild of author Joe Finder, who suggests buying something- audiobook, paperback, hardcover, what have you- at an independent bookstore. What's your favorite indie bookstore?
You can go to IndieBound.org to connect with other readers, find an indie bookstore near you or online, and find other ways to participate in Indie Book Day. If you can't get to an indie near you, you can buy online. You can also get gift certificates good at many indie bookstores.
I'll be going to Porter Square Books, a great Cambridge indie, to buy a book. What are you going to do?
In other news, May 2 is Free Comic Book Day. Free Comic Book Day is an annual event taking place on the first Saturday in May. Participating comic book stores give away free comics, oftentimes samplers and other special issues. Lots of different publishers representing different styles and artists participate in the giveaways; in the past, I've walked away with samplers from publishers like Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf, Fantagraphics and others. Go to FreeComicBookDay.com to find a participating shop near you.