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Canadian Independent Bookstore Day

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day (CIBD) is the annual day when readers, writers, illustrators, publishers, and others come together to celebrate indie bookstores across Canada. By joining the celebration, you are advocating for independent businesses, supporting a flourishing bookselling community, and investing in Canadian culture.

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day took place on April 27, 2024. Thank you so all those who helped us celebrate this year.

Stay tuned for information about CIBD 2025!

Why celebrate Indie bookstores?

Independent booksellers are an integral part of Canadian culture. As professionals, they are deeply passionate about their work, prioritize best-in-class customer service, and provide unmatched value for the book-buying public.

But it’s more than that. Indie bookstores are pillars of the communities in which they reside. Their staff are actively involved in the neighbourhood and provide an inclusive space where people can connect over shared interests. Local booksellers also play a vital role in the Canadian literary ecosystem. They are conduits of discovery, championing Canadian creators at all career stages and introducing Canadian readers to a diverse range of voices from across Canada’s rich cultural landscape.

Indie booksellers work hard to serve their customers and communities. CIBD is our opportunity to say thank you.

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How To Participate

Here are some ways you can participate in Canadian Independent Bookstore Day:

Buy books! Purchase books and other items in-person, online, or by phone to show your support and to enter our annual Contest for Book Lovers.

Check out bookstore activities. Local shops across Canada are planning celebratory activities for the big day including customer giveaways, discounts, exclusive products, author events, and more. Visit their websites and social channels for details.

Help us spread the word. CIBD is an opportunity to raise awareness about everything that indies have to offer. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to share our info about the campaign throughout the month of April.

About The Artwork

This year, CIBA commissioned artwork from talented Canadian artist and illustrator Cornelia Li to help celebrate CIBD 2024. Cornelia’s illustration is a bright and dynamic ode to the role that indies play in their communities.

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

First Edition Sponsors

Hardcover Sponsors

Paperback Sponsors

Bookmark Sponsor

Government Support