An event to help celebrate "community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers" will take place at MacIntosh Books & Paper later this month.
The third annual Independent Bookstore Day will grace the island Saturday, April 29, at MacIntosh Books & Paper, 2330 Palm Ridge Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year 457 stores from around the country are participating in the event. The number of participants has increased from 365 stores the first year. The only two states not participating are Hawaii and Arkansas.
The Sanibel event will feature such exclusive day-of merchandise as the "Welcome to Night Vale" vinyl record, literary tea towels with quotes from Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde, "Elephant and Piggie" read onesie, a literary map of the United States and a make your own "Little Golden Book" for the youngsters.
MacIntosh Books and Paper Manager Rebecca Binkowski said since it's the 75th anniversary of the "Little Golden Books," she was excited to include the activity in the event.
Independent Bookstore Day will also feature the card game "Got Character." The Go Fish type of game includes both classic and contemporary characters.
A free short story by Rainbow Rowell, "Kindred Spirits" will also be included in the festivities.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet author Ron Base while enjoying some snacks and giveaway items.
For more information, call (239) 472-1447.
The event, which began in 2014, first took place in California before becoming a national event. Such publishers and authors as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson and Stephen King have donated work to support the event. The event is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.