Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day around Iowa

Independent Bookstore Day is this Saturday, April 29. It’s the perfect excuse for an afternoon of shopping at your favorite neighborhood bookseller.

In Central Iowa, Beaverdale Books (Des Moines), Dog-Eared Books (Ames), Dungeon’s Gate (Ankeny), Pageturners Bookstore (Indianola), Raccoon River Press (Des Moines), Reading in Public (West Des Moines) and Storyhouse Book Pub (Des Moines) have teamed up to create a passport challenge during the April 29-30 weekend, when bibliophiles can win a bag full of swag. Participants who buy something (no minimum) from each of the seven shops will be entered into a prize drawing at each store.

Beyond Central Iowa, there are plenty other independent bookstores to visit around the state:

Soul Book Nook in Waterloo
Owner Amber Collins is passionate about history. As the owner of the first Black-owned bookstore registered in Iowa, she believes literature plays a vital role in education. During Black History Month, she’s used the store’s Facebook page to share overlooked stories of Black leaders from the past.

Prairie Lights Books & Cafe in Iowa City
It’s no surprise that the UNESCO City of Literature loves its legendary bookstore. This time-honored shop offers three and a half stories of bibliophile heaven, including extensive sections of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and kids’ books.

River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque
You’ll find this shop right on Main Street. Along with books in every genre, you can pick up Iowa souvenirs, puzzles, cards and unique bookmarks.


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