Brooklyn’s indie bookstores are coming together for Independent Bookstore Day, which is set for on August 29, by pooling resources to promote a suite of celebratory bookstore items. Artist Ping Hatta has designed mugs, tote bags, and t-shirts for Brooklyn Bookstore Day, all of which can be purchased as direct-to-home orders on Bonfire. Fifteen bookstores with nearly 20 storefronts are participating and will split the proceeds.
“Independent bookstores are a vital part of our communities, and we’re excited to invite book lovers to support not just their own neighborhood, but all of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods through this special project,” said Greenlight Bookstore’s co-owner Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo.
This is the second year that the borough’s bookstores have joined forces on Independent Bookstore Day. Last year, they hosted a bookstore crawl in a themed event called a “Field Guide to the Bookstores of Brooklyn.” This year, the new coronavirus outbreak forced IBD organizers to postpone the April event until August in the hopes that conditions would have improved. Hatta ultimately converted artwork she intended to use for the this year’s passport into designs for the t-shirts, mugs, and bags.