Independent Bookstore Day at The Book Stall

The Book Stall, an award-winning independent bookstore, invites the entire community to come out and help celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday April 29, 2017. The all-day in-store celebration is part of a nationwide thank you from independent bookstores to the communities that support them. In Winnetka, the full day of activities has something for everyone, from raffles to activities to giveaways. There will also be a chance to meet a number of visiting authors scheduled to serve as special guest-star booksellers.

As part of Independent Bookstore Day, the Book Stall provides several ways to give back to the community.

This year, we're joining over 24 other stores to jointly sponsoring the #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge, which encourages book lovers to indulge in bookstore tourism by visiting 10 or more stores on that one day.

To begin their trip, readers can pick up a #MyChicagoBookstore carabiner and their first “luggage tag” from the store of their choice (from any of the independent bookstores listed below) with an initial purchase of $25 or more.

Additional bookstore visits throughout the day (no purchase required) enable them to collect an additional tag at each subsequent bookstore. The payoff comes for visits at the following levels:

  • Visit TEN stores and get 10% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!
  • Visit FIFTEEN stores and get 15% off at all bookstores listed below for the ENTIRE YEAR!  

Also, readers are encouraged to post a snapshot of themselves and their Independent Bookstore Day haul, and enter to win more prizes!

The #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge is being sponsored by the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Allliance (ChIBA), an association formed last year to raise awareness about the vitality of the area’s indie stores. ChIBA also maintains a Facebook page--#MyChicagoBookstore—where all member stores can post readings and other literary events to create one central “billboard” for literary culture in the greater Chicago area. 

Visit the #MyChicagoBookstore Facebook event page for details and a list of participating stores:

At 10 a.m., we’ll host story time for the kids, featuring the book Larry Gets Lost in Chicago by Michael Mullin.

At 3 p.m., you’ll hear the clack clack of composition as we celebrate with RHINO poetry magazine. Join us for RHINO Writes! where RHINO editors will be writing poems-on-demand (on old-school typewriters) for a small donation to the magazine. This event was such a hit last year that we begged the poets to return!

From 4 to 5 p.m., RHINO contributors and editors will read from their work. Copies of the poets’ work will be available for purchase as well as copies of RHINO 2017 to be signed. Plus, learn how you can get involved with this great Chicago poetry magazine as a contributor, reader, and supporter. This event is free and open to the public. The Book Stall’s collaboration with RHINO is in conjunction with National Poetry Month as well as Independent Bookstore Day! Participating poets include the following:

  • Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University South Bend. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, “Home, No Home”, won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press. Other short collections, “Silver Seasons of Heartache” and “Cochlea”, will be published by Glass Lyre Press in May, 2017. Currently she is working on her graphic poetry collection, which will be published by Tupelo Press.
  • Ann Hudson's first book, The Armillary Sphere, was chosen by Mary Kinzie for the Hollis Summers Prize and was published by Ohio University Press. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Chautauqua, Cider Press Review, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, Orion, Rhino, Spoon River Poetry Review, Seattle Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Evanston, and teaches at Chiaravalle Montessori School.
  • Gail Goepfert’s a poet, photographer, teacher, and an associate editor for RHINO Poetry. A Mind on Pain, a first chapbook, was released in 2015. Recent publications include Crab Orchard, Found Poetry and Jet Fuel Reviews, Minerva Rising, Kudzu House, and Rattle. She lives, writes, and snaps photos in Chicagoland.
  • Pablo Otavalo is from Cuenca, Ecuador but now lives and writes in Evanston. A recipient of the 2013 & 2014 Illinois Emerging Poet prize, his is work has recently appeared in Rhino Magazine, Jet Fuel Review, Structo Magazine, Ninth Letter, Helicon, Tupelo Press, and Glass Poetry Journal. He’s an avid chess player and there are many things we have not lost. He can be found at
  • Alix Anne Shaw is the author of two poetry collections: Dido in Winter (Persea 2014), and Undertow (Persea 2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Most recently, parts of Rough Ground appeared as a chapbook, Contingent, from Damask Press (2016). Her poems and reviews have appeared in Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, The Kenyon Review, and New American Writing. She is also a sculptor, with work online at
  • Angela Narciso Torres’s first book, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears in Kyoto Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Colorado Review, and Drunken Boat. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO, a publicity coordinator for Woman Made Gallery Literary Events, and a reader for New England Review.
  • Nick Tryling is one of the newest members of the RHINO editorial staff and is looking forward to summer in Chicago. She earned her MFA in poetry at American University and has spent most of the last decade teaching college writing.

Also, for a small donation, guests can choose a “mystery” book—with the proceeds benefitting Bernie’s Book Bank.

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

For further information about the scheduled events contact The Book Stall at (847) 446-8880.

For general information about Independent Bookstore Day


Event date: 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30am to 5:00pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093