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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

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Photo from indiebookstoreday.com

Show your gratitude for the indie bookstores that add magic to your town and reading list this Saturday, April 30th. Four hundred participating bookstores will be offering a host of goodies including giveaways, discounts, and parties. You can find participating stores at IBD’s official website. But even if your favorite bookstore isn’t participating, this is still a great opportunity to stop in and say thank you to those hardworking booksellers.

It’s a little old, but Seung Y. Lee put together a list of the top 20 Bay Area independent bookstores for SFGate (sadly, Black Oak Books and Valhalla Books have closed). Add to this list Laurel Book Store, Diesel, and E.M. Wolfman in Oakland, Pegasus Books in Berkeley, and Wilmot’s Books in Alameda. Zooming way, way out, The Guardian put together a list of the top 10 indie bookstores in the world.

What bookstores would be on your list?