Every day's a party in a bookstore, but on Saturday, April 28, 2018, we're throwing an EXTRA BIG CELEBRATION to toast books and book-lovers. It's the nationwide holiday that's all about you: Independent Bookstore Day!

Drop in anytime from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. for fun and festivity for all ages. Drop your name in the bowl while you're here, and you'll be entered to win a PRICELESS gift tote full of surprises, special editions, and autographed hardcovers by award-winning and bestselling authors. Plus, get FREE audiobooks from -- the awesome audiobook app that supports indie bookstores -- all day.

But wait, there's more . . . Bring the kiddos at 10:30 a.m. for stories and fun with authors Jessica Young and Julie Danielson! 

And please join us for BOOKS & BUBBLES, a happy hour with local authors as our special guests, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. No RSVP required -- just show up and start your evening at the bookstore! Authors attending include: Andrew Maraniss, Lisa Patton, Michael Bishop, Alana White, Ashley Herring Blake, Rebecca Green, Ed Tarkington, Chuck Schumacher, Donna Driver, Greg Howard, Holly Tucker, Jeanne Ray, Jeff Zentner, Jennifer Justus, Jennie Fields, Jerry Park, Joel Harrington, Katie McDougall, Kristin Tubb, Mary Laura Philpott, Robert Blake, Sarah Butler, Sharon Cameron, Tracy Barrett, Ray Waddle, Veronica Kavass, Carson Morton, Daniel Sharfstein, Holly Gleason, Jaden Terrell, Jessica Young, Joy Jordan-Lake, Keel Hunt, Ron York, Sarah Hays Coomer, TJ Jarrett, Mary Uhles, and more. Are you a local writer? Join us! Are you a reader? You're invited, too!

And just WAIT 'til you see the exclusive Indie Bookstore Day merchandise, available only that day and only in-store. The earlier you arrive, the better your odds of scoring dibs on these limited edition pieces created by some of your favorite authors and illustrators, including:

FIGHT THE POWER utility pouch

Handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch featuring a quote from Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat print 

Gorgeous, frame-worthy print signed by the author and illustrator from the bestselling cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid Heat.

Redlands, Vol. I

Special edition of this acclaimed feminist comic with an exclusive cover and signed by BOTH creators!

Ungrateful Mammals (signed edition) 

Special editions of Ungrateful Mammals with a unique cover hand drawn by Dave Eggers.

“Bad Citizen” Graffiti Stencil 

This year’s stencil features a quote from Margaret Atwood: DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN.

The Book Club Journal 

Featuring 45 original, quirky, themed recommended reading lists from authors and booksellers around the country -- including Parnassus!

Literary Tea Towels

This year’s flour sack tea towels feature two food-related literary quotes from Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain.

$6 Story: A Book on the Table 

This year’s $6 Story is a collection of flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, and Amy Bloom.

A Literary Map of the Universe

The 25 titles featured on this beautiful literary map of the universe are a mix of modern classics and obscure science fiction titles.

Dragons Love Books! onesie 

A super-soft onesie for bookish babies based on Adam Rubin’s Dragons Love Tacos books illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.

BE PREPARED signed art print 

An exclusive, original print featuring art by Vera Brosgol and signed by the author.

“Read with me” Maisy plush 

Plush featuring everybody’s favorite preschool mouse Maisy wearing an exclusive READ WITH ME t-shirt with pride!

“Read with me” Horton plush 

Plush featuring Dr. Seuss’s Horton wearing a pro-reading, indie message on his t-shirt!

Golden Thread signed print  Exclusive print honoring Pete Seeger signed by author Colin Meloy and illustrator Nikki McClure. 

(Fine print: Independent Bookstore Day merchandise is available only in-store, not online; first-come, first-served; some items may be limited to one per customer. Come early for best selection!)

Take it from us, or take it from Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador, Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You -- the bookstore's the place to be on Saturday, April 28!

Event date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215