This inaugural daylong event will celebrate authors and small presses in the Sunshine State, in addition to indie book shops.
Each store will organize its own programming for the day. Events will vary at each location and could include readings by local authors, book signings, panels, special sales and more. For a complete list of participating bookstores, visit wordierthanthou.com/bookstoreday. Regular updates about Florida Bookstore Day can be found here: www.facebook.com/FloridaBookstoreDay.
The concept for Florida Bookstore Day is mirrored after the popular Record Store Day, which celebrates indie music shops across the globe each spring.
There will also be a limited edition poster series based on famous Florida novels, including Tim Dorsey’s “Florida Roadkill,” Karen Russell’s “Swamplandia,” Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ “The Yearling” and Patrick D. Smith’s “A Land Remembered.” They’ll be sold in several of the stores throughout the day and online the week of the event.
A Florida Bookstore Day after party will be held at The Venture Compound, 2621 Fairfield Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Saturday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be an open mic, vendors and authors selling their work, Great Literary Mad Libs, a Lucha Libro exhibition match, music, local craft beer, food trucks and more. Entry is $5 per person. More information about this event can be found here.
Florida Bookstore Day is organized by Wordier Than Thou, a literary arts organization based in the Tampa Bay area. Wordier organizes a variety of events throughout the year, including storytelling open mics and themed readings; hosts a radio show on Life Improvement Radio; and publishes a literary journal.
This event is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
If you’re a bookstore owner, an author or a supporter of Florida literature and would like to get involved, email WordierThanThou@gmail.com or visit wordierthanthou.com.