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Local Bookstores Team Up to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day

April 6, 2017

Indianapolis—Three Indianapolis bookstores are teaming up to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with literary parties. On Saturday, April 29, guests of the Indiana Historical Society's (IHS's) Basile History Market, Bookmamas and Kids Ink Children's Bookstore will be treated to free activities, book signings, discounts and prizes. In addition, those who visit multiple stores will be entered in a drawing to win one of two multi-store gift baskets.

This is the third year for Independent Bookstore Day, which shows support for indie bookstores nationwide by celebrating the work they do year round. While each store is unique, all share a desire to provide a community center and a local anchor run by passionate readers. This year, more than 490 bookstores in 48 states are taking part, with plans for a full day of bookish fun.

Basile History Market
The Basile History Market is located at 450 W. Ohio St., inside the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of IHS and the Indiana Experience. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Independent Bookstore Day, visitors will receive 10 percent off all regularly priced books (20 percent for IHS members). Each visitor will receive a ticket for a door prize and an additional ticket for every $10 spent in store. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a bookmaking activity station will allow young readers to create their own Golden Books.

Bookmamas
Bookmamas, located at 9 S. Johnson Ave. in Irvington, will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Independent Bookstore Day. Unique activities will include a store scavenger hunt and, from 1 to 4 p.m., readings from Kurt Vonnegut's A Man Without a Country. In addition, Bookmamas will offer 10 percent off regularly priced books, an extra door prize ticket for every $10 spent in store and a Golden Book activity table for children.

Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, located at 5619 N. Illinois St. in Butler Tarkington, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Independent Bookstore Day. Visitors of all ages can take advantage of special discounts in store, while children can take part in activities such as making sock puppets and bookmarks. Visitors are invited to climb into the front window to read or create their own story time. In addition, the Kids Ink author lineup features a survival theme. Learn basic skills such as filtering water, tying knots, honing map skills, making a compass and more.

For more information on local Independent Bookstore Day celebrations, call the Basile History Market at (317) 234-0020, Bookmamas at (317) 375-3715 or Kids Ink at (317) 255-2598.

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2017 Author Appearances and Book Signings

Basile History Market
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W. Ohio St. (downtown)

10 a.m. - noon
• Mike Murphy, The Kimberlins Go to War
Noon - 2 p.m.
• Jeremy Pohlen, Oddball Indiana: A Guide to 350 Strange Places
2 - 4 p.m.
• Jeffrey S. Kamm, Classic Restaurants of Indianapolis

Bookmamas
9 S. Johnson Ave. (Irvington)

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Brian Sweany, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
• Sherri Wood Emmons, Prayers and Lies, The Seventh Mother, The Weight of Small Things and The Sometimes Daughter

Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
5619 N. Illinois St. (Butler-Tarkington)

1 - 3 p.m.
How Would You Survive?
• Laura Martin, Edge of Extinction: The Ark Plan, surviving in a world of dinosaurs
• Mike Mullin, Ashfall trilogy, surviving in a world post volcanic eruption