Party with Auntie’s this Saturday!

Spokane’s favorite bookstore is celebrating big time this weekend!

Stop by Saturday to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with them.  They have TONS of awesome, unique and fun things for the whole family!  You aren’t going to want to miss this line up!

Saturday April 30th – ALL DAY

9:30am – 11:00am: Joseph Haeger, author of LEARN TO SWIM, will unicornbe available to draw you bad animal pictures. You don’t want to miss this!

Bad Animal Drawings with Joseph Haeger

10:00am – 11:30am:  We all have a friend that absolutely loves Jess Walter. Now is your chance to earn some SERIOUS BFF points by having Jess leave a text or voicemail message for your friend. Or maybe you’d like him to record your voicemail greeting!
Jess Walter Ghostwrites Your Texts

10:00am – 2:00pm: That curious little monkey will be roaming the store on Independent Bookstore Day! Stop by, say hi and take a picture with him! Meet Curious George!

12063850_10153993007059417_6437480480749775213_n11:00am – 12:00pm: Comprised of roguish, independent women, Picaresque is drawn together by a mutual respect for the work, practice, art, and play of dance. The troupe’s aesthetic conjures a world of wit and grace informed by cosmopolitan, bohemian, and modern strains. Their spirit acknowledges the world’s complexities and responds to them with a bump of the hip and a wink of the prankster’s eye. Picaresque

11:30am – 1:30pm: Aleta Wiedenman will guide you while making magical origami hearts that beat yet slip into books as markers and/or into envelopes as greetings, just in time for Mother’s Day. Origami with Aleta Wiedenman

12:30pm – 1:30pm:  Professional and internationally awarded accordion player, Sam Thomas, will be performing during our Indie Bookstore Celebration! Sam Thomas, Accordion Player Extraordinaire

247227_1571390985283_6591046_n 1:00pm – 3:00pm:  Ooh La La Henna will be in the store to help us celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. All of their work is hand done, using organic henna with a lavender base. Check out their beautiful work. Ooh La La Henna Body Art

1:30pm – 300pm:  You know your pet is the best pet ever, but shouldn’t everyone else know it, too? Show Sarah Hulse, author of BLACK RIVER, a photo of your pet (you know you have about 5,000 of them on your phone) and she’ll write a short book jacket-style “blurb” effusively praising Fido or Fluffy! S.M. Hulse Blurbs Your Pet

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Rani Iyer will be presenting her new book, DANCING HEART, during our Indie Bookstore Day Celebrations. Rani’s presentation will be accompanied by a traditional Bharatanatyam dancer! This event will be a winner with all ages!  Reading and Dance with Rani Iyer

2:00pm – 4:00pm:  Rachel Clark is the author The Blackfish Prophecy (just released on Earth Day), and Karen Savory is the book’s illustrator. Both make their homes in the Pacific Northwest and they’re delighted to be part of Auntie’s Indie Day.  They’ll have the newly-released books, as well as Karen’s fascinating block cut process to view and learn about on the mezzanine. The novel–set in Washington state—depicts a gripping story involving wild orcas, a mystical bond between humans and whales, and the impacts of orcas in captivity. Her book has received praise from Dr. Jane Goodall, David Kirby, author of Death at SeaWorld, and Tim Zimmerman, Associate Producer and Co-Writer of BlackfishSigning – Rachel Clark & Karen Savory

10330397_10153993175899417_4285915215966965054_n3:00pm – 5:00pm:  What should you make for dinner? Does this dress make me look fat? Should I marry this woman? Should I buy THE SASQUATCH HUNTER’S ALMANAC? (Yes.) These are the important questions Sharma is ready to answer. Ask Sharma!

3:00pm – 4:00pm: You like books. You like tattoos. You like Kris Dinnison. Meet Kris Dinnison, author of YOU AND ME AND HIM. Say hi, then let her tattoo you. Okay…place a temporary tattoo on you.  Free temporary tattoos featuring your favorite lines from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a chance to join Litographs’ attempt to create the world’s longest temporary tattoo chain! Inked by an Author with Kris Dinnison

guysdolls3:30pm – 4:00:  Join the Spokane Civic Theatre as they sing songs from their upcoming show, Guys and Dolls! Spokane Civic Theatre

4:00pm – 5:00:  What makes Indie Bookstores special? People like Hannah! Come down to buy Hannah’s coloring book and meet the girl who made it all happen. Signing with Hannah of Hannah’s Creation Coloring and Activity Book

slam_17:00pm – ?:??:  If you missed the cut for the 2016 Finals, the 2016-2017 season starts early this year! Spokane Poetry Slam is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day with a fully-sanctioned poetry slam! It’s a full slam, with the regular rules, and one extra point awarded for world premiere poems in the first round!
Sign-Ups at 6:30, slam begins at 7:00. Cost to compete is $5. Prize: $50.
 Spokane Poetry Slam with Isaac Grambo – $50 Prize!

Discounts throughout the day (Valid ONLY April 30th, 2016):

  • Auntie’s discount cardholders will receive 15% off their entire purchase. Don’t have one? Sign up for $10 a year!
  • Post a photo of the items you want to purchase on Instagram or Twitter tagging us @auntiesbooks AND using the official hashtag #BookstoreDay to recieve 15% off your entire purchase.
  • Bring your Auntie’s reciept to Uncle’s Games, Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie or Beautiful Grounds for 10% off!


“Do you like the scent of a freshly minted book?  How about the page-turning delight of encountering the dream of new worlds, new people, and new visions of life?  Are you one who wonders where your next great adventure may come from?  If so, then you are like me and thousands of other booklovers in the exquisite Inland Pacific Northwest and we want you to be a part of the Auntie’s Bookstore family!  Come join us Saturday April 30th for Independent Bookstore Day at Auntie’s Bookstore.  The shelves at Auntie’s are lined with books that will transport you.  The staff are among the very best booksellers in the country: they’re kind, knowledgeable, they love to read, they’re not pushy, and they can place you in a book that just may change your life forever! Auntie’s has been a foundation stone of the profound upsurge in the arts in Spokane over the recent years, and on the last Saturday in April, you can personally meet many of the top writers in the area such as Jess Walter, Sharma Shields, Kris Dinnison and many more!  Research shows people who read have greater empathy, they make the world more caring and more alive!  Your presence helps Auntie’s today and into the future, and helps make Spokane one of the great literary sites in the American West. Come see us, stock your pockets and shelves with great reads, and enjoy a day devoted to the love of beautiful books.”

–Shann Ray, author of American Copper: A Novel, American Masculine:Stories, and the poetry collection,Balefire

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