Independent Bookstore Day 2020

What: Watermark Books & Café invites you to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! 

When: Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Where: This event will take place both in-store and online! 

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Who's ready to party?! Check out all of our Independent Bookstore Day Special offers below! 

Post a picture of yourself in front of Watermark on Indie Bookstore Day, tag us, and use the hashtags #bookstoreday2020 #staysafereadbooks to receive a free advanced copy of a book! PLUS we'll automatically enter you into our Grand Prize drawing! 

All online and in-store orders of $25 or more of books on IBD will automatically receive an exclusive secret gift with their order. 

Anyone who purchases an IBD exclusive in-store on IBD will get to spin for a prize! (We'll have a staff member do the spinning to avoid unnecessary contact.)

PLUS join us at the store for some social-distance fun! We'll have a few outside activities (weather permitting). 


The Virtual Party is in YOUR living room! See below for a list of all the fantastic virtual author events happening all over the country on IBD!

  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 12 pm (CT) | GOLDFISH GHOST DRAWING CLASS | Join us for a fun and interactive drawing demonstration with illustrator and author Lisa Brown (Goldfish Ghost, The Airport Book, Mummy Cat, Long Story Short, The Phantom Twin).
  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 12:30 pm (CT) | GRAPHIC NOVEL DRAWING CLASS  | Graphic novel discussion and drawing class with Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops).
  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 1 pm (CT) | MIDDLE GRADE FUN | Middle-Grade Fun with Rene Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine) and illustrator Nina Mata (I Promise) with moderator Isaac Fitzgerald (How to Be a Pirate).
  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 2 pm (CT) | WORLD-BUILDING IN YA FEMINIST FANTASY FICTION |Join bestselling YA fantasy authors Kat Cho (Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits), Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls and Reaper of Souls), and Rebecca Kim Wells (Shatter the Sky). Moderator: Abby Rauscher of Books Are Magic!.
  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 3 pm (CT) | YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION WITH AMOR TOWLES | Explore the very near future with Amor Towles as he reads from the exclusive, SIGNED Bookstore Day edition of his story “You Have Arrived at Your Destination.”
  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 4 pm (CT) | WRITING THE WEST WITH REYNA GRANDE, RISHI REDD & LAUREN FRANCIS-SHARMA | Join authors Reyna Grande (The Distance Between Us), Rishi Reddi (Passage West) and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) as they discuss reexamining the history, culture, and myths of the West through their fiction.
  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 5 pm (CT) | ALONE TOGETHER: STORIES OF LOVE, GRIEF, AND COMFORT IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 | Join co-hosts Jennifer Haupt, editor of Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19, and Garth Stein, Author Leadership Circle Campaign Chair for Binc, for readings and conversations with Alone Together contributing authors Faith Adiele, Gayle Brandeis, W. Ralph Eubanks, Jamie Ford, Major Jackson, Sonora Jha, Scott James, Jessica Keener, Jean Kwok, Roberto Lovato, Ada Limón, Claudia Castro Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and Luis Alberto Urrea.
  • Sat., Aug. 29 @ 7 pm (CT) | BOOKSTORE DAY AMABSSADOR SHOWCASE WITH TAYARI JONES, LAUREN GROFF & EMMA STRAUBJoin three of Bookstore Day’s past Author Ambassadors for a lively discussion of books, bookstores, and the writing life. Featuring Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Lauren Groff (Florida), and Emma Straub (All Adults Here).

Get more info and participate in these events HERE




Event date: 

Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Event address: 

4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218

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