This Saturday marks the 11th annual Independent Bookstore Day and the 25 indie bookstores on the Austin Book Trail are busily preparing for the big day. No matter where you are in and around Austin, there’s a book retailer in your neighborhood ready to sell you the next book your kid asks you to read 80 times on repeat (good night comb, good night brush, good night nobody, good night mush).

This one-day indie bookstore crawl and celebration includes a kickoff breakfast party with free coffee (and free tacos for the early birds) at Mañana Dos and an afterparty at Better Half! This Saturday, grab your map and hit the trail!

Central Austin

Book People

603 N Lamar

Kids author Kari Lavelle (of Butt or Face fame – a very popular title in my house) will appear for the Book Kids Amphitheater Saturday at 2 PM. The Coffee People café will offer book trailgoers free drip coffee or iced tea.

Vintage Bookstore & Wine Bar

1101 E 11th St

Vintage will be open to the public starting at 11:30 AM following their Brunch with Beto event. Booklovers can enjoy buy one, get one 20% off on all book purchases and search for the golden ticket. Also, they have wine and two patios.

Alienated Majesty Books

613 2 29th St

The new resident of the old Malvern Books location – Alienated Majesty Books – is offering 20% off staff picks, new releases, and poetry.

First Light Books

4300 Speedway Unit 104

Independent Bookstore Day visitors will need a lot of First Light’s free drip coffee on Saturday to complete their book trail map!

South Congress Books

3703 Kerbey Ln

This former resident of South Congress has the same name but a new location on Kerbey Lane. They’ll be hosting a KERB SALE in collaboration with Wishbone Antiques, featuring vintage treasures & sale books in the yard. All book trail guests receive a 10% discount and a special discount card to use on their next visit.

North Austin

Black Pearl Books

7112 Burnet Rd

Austin’s only black-owned bookstore will be hosting a black maker’s market from 12-4 PM and open mic poetry from 7-9 PM. They’ll also be unveiling the winning designer of their annual logo competition.

Book Woman

5501 N Lamar Blvd

Austin’s feminist bookstore for the past 50 years will give book trailgoers a free book with a purchase of $40 or more on books, pride gear, and exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merch.

South Austin

Reverie Books

5330 Menchaca Ave

Reverie’s Independent Bookstore Day game is stronger than ever. The prize wheel will be running all day long, free mimosas from 10 to noon, 15% off kids and middle grade books from 10-3 (with face painting!), author and vendor visits, 15% off hardcover fiction from 3-6 PM, and free whiskey shots from 6-8 PM! The kids book trailer will be parked out front all day and the store will be stocked with new t-shirts and art prints.


Em Dash Books

200 S Main St

This adorable shop for kids books and comics will offer 10% off in store purchases and exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merch on Saturday. (Pro tip – they also still have summer camp spots available!)

Dripping Springs

Sunday Bookshop

28101 Ranch Road 12

This new bookstore bungalow in the Drip will be distributing free Sunday Bookshop tote bags for Independent Bookstore Day.


Lark & Owl Booksellers

205 W 6th St Suite 101

Following closely on the heels of their 5th birthday, Lark & Owl shoppers can pick up an exclusive sticker, enjoy10% off in-store purchases, and search for the golden ticket.

Cedar Park

Paper Bark Birch Books

601 E Whitestone Blvd Building 4 Ste 218

This kids book newcomer to the Railyard Shopping Center in Cedar Park will be hosting storytime with Arendelle’s own Queen Elsa at 11 AM Saturday.


The Book Burrow

401G W Pecan St

Another golden ticket and exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merch location, The Book Burrow is offering 10% off all day Saturday, with additional activities yet to be announced.


Libros Bookshop

401 W 7th St Room 114

Located inside the old Taylor High School, Libros Bookshop specializes in Latine authors and is challenging all Independent Bookstore Day visitors to a grito contest at noon, and you’ll grito muy fuerte if you find the golden ticket hidden here.

Curio Mrvosa

114 N Main St

This mom-and-pop shop in the heart of downtown Taylor has an eclectic mix of new, used, and vintage books. For Independent Bookstore Day, they’re hosting pop-up shops from Haciendo Coffee and Justin Ryan, selling exclusive IBD merch, hiding a golden ticket, and giving away free cookies from Flake.


Best Little Wine & Books

210 W San Antonio St

This wine bar and bookshop in Lockhart offers an unparalleled selection of cookbooks, travel books, and wine guides. Independent Bookstore Day guests can enjoy complimentary chicken karaage from sister kitchen Poke in the Rear.


The Painted Porch

912 Main St

Their motto is “good things happen in bookstores,” and the good things going on at The Painted Porch this Saturday include exclusive IBD releases and merch, and 10% off in-store purchases.

Kelly I. Hitchcock
Kelly I. Hitchcock is a literary fiction author, humorist, and poet in the Austin, Texas area. She is the author of three books and has published poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction works all over the country. Raised by a single father in the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, Kelly has fond memories of her poor rural upbringing in the Ozarks that strongly influence her writing and way of life. She’s a graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She has six-year-old identical twins and a full-time job, so writing and picking up LEGO are the only other things she can devote herself to. You can find all Kelly's work at


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