Support your local bookstore in Saturday, April 30! 

The nationwide Independent Bookstore Day celebration was started two years ago by California indie bookstores. Now, more than 400 are participating, including Boswell Books in Milwaukee and Books & Company in Oconomowoc.

Both stores will host special activities and sell limited-edition items, including a Neil Gaiman coloring book, a 'Read with Me' Curious George plush toy, Anthony Bourdain's 'Perfect Burger Print' and a booklet with three essays by Ann Patchett.

Boswell Books

2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee

(414) 332-1181,

Fox and Branch will perform a concert at 11 a.m., and a literary quiz game will begin at 2 p.m., featuring local authors and local critics. 

Books & Company 

1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc 

(262) 567-0106, 

  • The first 25 people will receive a free book for first arrivals after 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Other events:
  • Free donuts and coffee, starting at 9 a.m.
  • Make your own Origami Bookmark
  • Meet SkippyJon Jones from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt
  • Eat cake, starting at 1 p.m.
  • Behind the scene with three local authors: Amy Reichert, Andrea Lochen and Ann Garvin at 4:30 p.m.


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