Indie Bookstore Day: Where to go, what to read

Illustrations of Minnesota bookstores
Kevin Cannon drew one Minnesota bookstore a day for every day in October.
Courtesy of Kevin Cannon

Saturday marks the third annual Independent Bookstore Day, a nationwide celebration of your favorite local shop. Brick-and-mortar bookstores have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, despite the rise of online shopping. Across Minnesota, many shops are hosting celebrations including author readings, children's activities and sales.

In the Twin Cities, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association helped organize a Book Passport: Devoted bookworms who visit all ten participating bookstores and get their Book Passports stamped will receive $100 worth of gift cards. The full details are available from MIBA.

The art on the Book Passport was done by Minneapolis illustrator Kevin Cannon. Last October, Cannon gave himself a goal: Draw a picture of a Minnesota bookstore every day for 31 days. As he shared his illustrations online, people bombarded him with requests to draw their local bookstore — and he quickly discovered there were far more than 31 bookstores across the state.

Because one of the best things about bookstores is staff recommendations, we asked stores around the state to share three books they're excited about at the moment. Their suggestions are below, with details on the stores' Indie Bookstore Day celebrations.

Recommendations from Addendum
Recommendations from Addendum
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Addendum Books | St. Paul

Picture book: "Worm Loves Worm" by J.J. Austrian
Middle grade: "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker
Young adult: "Everything Everything" by Nicola Yoon

Addendum will have a 20 percent discount on everything for Indie Bookstore Day.

Recommendations from Birchbark
Recommendations from Birchbark
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Birchbark Books & Native Arts | Minneapolis

Nonfiction: "The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914" by Christopher Clark
Fiction: "The Door" by Magda Szabo
Children's: "Dinosaurs" by by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart ("The most astonishing, beautiful and informative pop-up book ever!" — Prudence, at Birchbark)

On Saturday, store-goers can meet owner and author Louise Erdrich. Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak will be signing copies of his memoir, and children can participate in a bookmaking workshop. A full schedule of events at Birchbark is available online.

Birchbark is one of the 10 bookstores participating in the Book Passport program.

Recommendations from the Book House
Recommendations from the Book House
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Book House | Minneapolis

Nonfiction: "Low Life" by Luc Sante
Nonfiction: "To the Finland Station" by Edmund Wilson
Fiction: "The Trial" by Franz Kafka

Recommendations from Common Good Books
Recommendations from Common Good Books
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Common Good Books| St. Paul

Nonfiction: "Under the Big Black Sun" by John Doe
Poetry: "Map" by Wislawa Szymborska
Fiction: "Mothering Sunday: A Romance" by Graham Smith

Kate DiCamillo, author of "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "Raymie Nightingale," will be reading at the store. The contributors to "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," will also lead a conversation. A full schedule of events is available online.

Common Good is participating in the Book Passport program.

Recommendations from Daybreak Global Bookshop
Recommendations from Daybreak Global Bookshop
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Daybreak Global Bookshop | Minneapolis

Nonfiction: "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai
Nonfiction: "Eyes Wide Open" by Mariana Caplan
Nonfiction: "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander

Daybreak will have a raffle all day and live Irish music at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Daybreak is one of the 10 bookstores participating in the Book Passport program.

Recommendations from DreamHaven
Recommendations from DreamHaven
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DreamHaven Books and Comics | Minneapolis

Graphic novels: "Saga" by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Fantasy: "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss
Sci-fi: "Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen" by Lois McMaster Bujold

DreamHaven is one of the 10 bookstores participating in the Book Passport program.

Recommendations from Eat My Words
Recommendations from Eat My Words
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Eat My Words | Minneapolis

Fiction: "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" by Sherman Alexie
Fiction: "The City and the City" by China Mieville
Nonfiction: "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell

Eat My Words will have live music and sales all day on Saturday.

Recommendations from Excelsior Bay Books
Recommendations from Excelsior Bay Books
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Excelsior Bay Books | Excelsior

Nonfiction: "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren
Fiction: "LaRose" by Louise Erdrich - coming in May
Middle grade: "Hour of the Bees" by Lindsay Eagar

Recommendations from The Bookstore at Fitger's
Recommendations from The Bookstore at Fitger's
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The Bookstore at Fitger's | Duluth

Nonfiction: "Hillsider" by former Duluth mayor Don Ness
Fiction: "Goodbye to the Dead" by Brian Freeman
Fiction: "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" by J. Ryan Stradal

Recommendations from Lake Country Booksellers
Recommendations from Lake Country Booksellers
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Lake Country Booksellers | White Bear Lake

Fiction: "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly
Fiction: "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger
Fiction: "Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League" by Jonathan Odell

Recommendations from Longitude Books
Recommendations from Longitude Books
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Longitude Books | Plymouth

Nonfiction: "Deep South" by Paul Theroux
Nonfiction: "The Lonely City" by Olivia Laing
Nonfiction: "The Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka" by John Gimlette

Recommendations from Moon Palace
Recommendations from Moon Palace
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Moon Palace | Minneapolis

Nonfiction: "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond
Nonfiction: "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," edited by Sun Yung Shin
Fiction: "The Story of My Teeth" by Valeria Luiselli

Moon Palace is among the 10 bookstores participating in the Book Passport program.

Recommendations from Once Upon a Crime
Recommendations from Once Upon a Crime
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Once Upon a Crime | Minneapolis

Fiction: "Monkeewrench" by P.J. Tracy
Fiction: "The Keeper of Lost Causes" by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Fiction: "The Drifter" by Nicholas Petrie

Author John Sandford will be at the store for a discussion and book signing at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Recommendations from Paperbacks and Pieces
Recommendations from Paperbacks and Pieces
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Paperbacks and Pieces Bookstore | Winona

Nonfiction: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
Fiction: "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion
Young adult: "Illuminae" by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Recommendations from Red Balloon
Recommendations from Red Balloon
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Red Balloon Bookshop | St. Paul

Poetry for young readers: "Booked" by Kwame Alexaner
Poetry for young readers: "Guess Who, Haiku" by Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea
Middle grade: "The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse" by Brian Farrey

Red Balloon's Saturday celebrations include story time, face painting, the Ramsey Middle School jazz band and more. A full schedule is available online. Red Balloon is among the 10 bookstores participating in the Book Passport program.

Recommendations from Scout & Morgan
Recommendations from Scout & Morgan
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Scout & Morgan Books | Cambridge

Nonfiction: "Portage: A Family, A Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life" by Sue Leaf
Fiction: "Britt-Marie was Here" by Fredrik Backman
Picture book: "Wake Up, Island" by Mary Casanova

Scout & Morgan will celebrate on Saturday with sales and book giveaways.

Recommendations from Sixth Chamber Used Books
Recommendations from Sixth Chamber Used Books
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Sixth Chamber Used Books | St. Paul

Nonfiction: "Children: The Challenge" by Rudolf Dreikurs
Fiction: "The Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childers
Drama: "King Lear" by William Shakespeare

Sixth Chamber will have music, games and special rewards for customers on Saturday.

Recommendations from SubText
Recommendations from SubText
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SubText Bookstore | St. Paul

Nonfiction: "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," edited by Sun Yung Shin
Nonfiction: "Pretentiousness: Why it Matters" by Dan Fox
Fiction: "Mothering Sunday: A Romance" by Graham Smith

SubText is among the 10 bookstores participating in the Book Passport program.

Recommendations from Uncle Hugo's
Recommendations from Uncle Hugo's
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Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore & Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore | Minneapolis

Sci-fi: "Leviathan Wakes" by James S. A. Corey
Fantasy: "Fantasy: The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch
Nonfiction: "Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture" by Ytasha L. Womack

Recommendations from Uncle Edgar's
Recommendations from Uncle Edgar's
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Mystery: "Midnight Riot" by Ben Aaronovitch
Mystery: "Twin Cities Noir," edited by Julie Schaper and Steven Horwitz
Nonfiction: "The Invention of Murder" by Judith Flanders

Recommendations from Valley Bookseller
Recommendations from Valley Bookseller
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Valley Bookseller | Stillwater

Nonfiction: "Growing Tomorrow: A Farm-to-Table Journey in Photos and Recipes" by Forrest Pritchard
Fiction: "Life We Bury" by Allen Eskens
Fiction: "Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman

Valley Bookseller's Saturday festivities include treats and book giveaways.

Recommendations from Village Book Store
Recommendations from Village Book Store
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Village Bookstore | Grand Rapids

Nonfiction: "Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm — From Scratch" by Lucie B. Amundsen.
Fiction: "I'm Traveling Alone" by Samuel Bjork
Fiction: "Lord Grizzly" by Frederick Manfred

Village Bookstore will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with discounts and free calendar for customers.

Recommendations from Wild Rumpus
Recommendations from Wild Rumpus
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Wild Rumpus | Minneapolis

Picture book: "Wake Up, Island" by Mary Casanova
Middle grade: "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker
Young adult: "The Smell of Other People's Houses" by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

On Saturday, Wild Rumpus will have a carnival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including games, a fishing pond, face painting and more.

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