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Seattle is nationally known for its network of independent bookstores. This Saturday, for the third year running, they will join 400 bookstores nationwide to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, a festive occasion that this year celebrates a resurgence in their strength and numbers. Nationwide, independent bookstore locations are up from 1,651 in 2009 to 2,227 in 2015, according to Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association.

The area’s participating bookstores will offer author appearances, parties and some nice swag to customers who attend one of the stores. Last year 42 people accepted the challenge of visiting all participating stores; this year those who rise to the challenge will get 25 percent off all year at all 17 participating bookstores  (you can pick up a bookstore “passport” and instructions at any of the participating stores.) Other treats, according to a press release: “author signings, raffles, scavenger hunts, art prints, prize wheels, kids tables, book giveaways, discounts and sales, workshops, story times, photo booth, dog costume contest and many more!”

Participating stores include Ada’s Technical Books, Book Larder, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Edmonds Bookshop, Elliott Bay Book Co., Fantagraphics Books, Island Books, Magnolia’s Bookstore, Mockingbird Books, Open Books, Phinney Books, Queen Anne Book Co., Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Secret Garden Books, and all locations of Liberty Bay Books, Third Place Books and the University Book Store. Consult store web sites for details.

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