Independent Bookstore Day

We have only a few IBD Exclusive Items left!  Blackwing Pencils, Thunderous, and the World's Smallest Kite are still in stock as of 5/4.


River Bend Bookshop will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 30th with activities and events, and will offer exclusive merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 160 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Indie Bookstore Day. These limited edition, unique items will be available only on April 30. Not before. Not after. And not in chain stores!

Celebrate your local indies on Independent Bookstore Day by participating in the Connecticut Independent Bookstore Day Passport! Visit all 16 participating bookstores over the weekend to win a Passport Prize (a 20% coupon from each store, some exclusions apply), and be entered into a Grand Prize raffle. Five (5) people will be drawn at random to win a Grand Prize of a $50 gift card from EACH store! 

In-Store Events:

  • Raffle: Sign up for our email newsletter and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a $25.00 gift card!

  • Social Media Bookstore Champion Awards: show your love for River Bend on social media on April 30 - May 1 and tag us @riverbendbookshop for the chance to win one of Five (5) $20 gift cards.

  • Spin the Prize Wheel: win free books, River Bend merch, and bookish goodies.  

  • Special guest booksellers and book signings throughout the day.

  • Secret social media codes! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram feeds starting at 10am. We'll release secret codes every couple hours that could get you a special discount or even a prize! 

  • Check out Libro.FM for great audiobook deals all weekend!



These unique Indie Bookstore Day items will be available in limited quantity on a first come, first serve basis. 

2022 Independent Bookstore Day Tote at River Bend Bookshop2022 Independent Bookstore Day Tote Bag, with a colorful “Indie Bookstores Are My Jam” design, this tote is big enough for a serious Book Haul. 

Independent Bookstore Day Blackwing Pencils in an exclusive partnership with famed Blackwing, this limited edition set celebrates independent bookstores and the printed word.  Each pencil features a design inspired by the spine of a book and includes a book-loving message and Blackwing’s firm graphite. Each box is beautifully designed to match the pencils and includes a pro-indie message.

Indie exclusive of CITY ON FIRE by Don Winslow, will include designed, tipped-in letter from the author about the inspiration behind his new trilogy. 

Exclusive Edition of Pretty Perfect Kitty-Corn by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham This includes a custom designed signed bookplate and a deluxe limited edition art print signed and numbered by Caldecott Honoree LeUyen Pham, created especially for IBD 2022 featuring characters from the Indie and New York Times bestselling picture book.

Limited Edition 2022 Independent Bookstore Day Blackwing Pencils available at River Bend BookshopThunderous by M. L. Smoker and Natalie Peeterse, this IBD exclusive edition include an exclusive poster with a poem by M. L. Smoker.

Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows IBD Tote Bag, an IBD exclusive brought to you by Out of Print.

World's Smallest Kite – Diamond design, the easiest kite in the world to fly!





Independent Bookstore Day exclusives do not go on sale until Saturday, April 30th, and they will sell out before the day is done!

Click on an image below to learn more and add to your cart.


Independent Bookstore Day Blackwing Pencils
Thunderous Independent Bookstore Day Exclusive
2022 Independent Bookstore Day Tote Bag
World's Smallest Kite - Diamond