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 Independent Bookstore Day 

When: Saturday, April 28
More info: indiebookstoreday.com
IBD participating stores 
• Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, gibsonsbookstore.com) 
• The Toadstool Bookshop (614 Nashua St., Lorden Plaza, Milford, 673-1734; 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, 924-3543; 12 Emerald St., Keene, 352-8815, toadbooks.com)
• White Birch Books (2568 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, 356-3200, whitebirchbooks.com)
IBD exclusive items 
These special items will be available only on Independent Bookstore Day at select participating bookstores. Call ahead to find out which items your local bookstore will be carrying. 
• “Fight the Power” utility pouch featuring a quote by Underground Railroad author Colson Whitehead 
• Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat print signed by author Samin Nosrat and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton of the bestselling cookbook
• Special edition of the acclaimed feminist comic, Redlands, Vol. I, with an exclusive cover, signed by the creators. 
• Special edition of Ungrateful Mammals with a unique cover hand-drawn by the author, Dave Eggers 
• “Bad Citizen” graffiti stencil featuring a quote from Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” 
• The Book Club Journal, a book featuring journal pages and prompts and 45 themed recommended reading lists from authors and booksellers around the country 
• Literary tea towels featuring two food-related literary quotes by Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain
• This year’s “$6 Story:” A Book on the Table, a collection of flash fiction by short story writers including A.M. Homes, Etgar Keret, and Amy Bloom.
• A literary map of the universe with 25 titles including a mix of modern classics and obscure science fiction titles 
• Baby onesie inspired by Dragons Love Tacos by author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri
• Be Prepared graphic novel signed art print by the author, Vera Brosgol
• Maisy Mouse (Maisy series) and Horton (Horton Hears a Who!) plushies wearing exclusive “Read With Me” T-shirts 
• The Golden Thread print honoring Pete Seeger, signed by author Colin Meloy and illustrator Nikki McClure
 
 
Record Store Day 
When: Saturday, April 21 
More info: recordstoreday.com
 
RSD participating stores 
• Bull Moose (419 S. Broadway, Salem, 898-6254; 82-86 Congress St., Portsmouth, 422-9525; West Street Shopping Plaza, 401B West St., Keene, 354-3591, bullmoose.com) 
• Keene on Vinyl (48 Emerald St., Keene, 358-6343, keeneonvinyl.com) 
• Pitchfork Records & Stereo (2 S. Main St., Concord, 224-6700, pitchforkrecordsconcord.com) 
• Metro City Records (691 Somerville St., Manchester, 665-9889, metrocityrecords.com) 
• Music Connection (1711 S. Willow St., Manchester, 644-0199, musicconnection.us)
• Newbury Comics (777 S. Willow Plaza, Manchester, 624-2842; Pheasant Lane Mall, 310 D.W. Hwy., Nashua, 888-0720; 436 S. Broadway, Salem, 890-1380; 200 S. Main St., West Lebanon, 298-2167, newburycomics.com)
• The Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough, 924-3543, toadbooks.com) 
 
RSD special releases
There will be at least 425 special releases available on Record Store Day at participating record stores. Here are some of the coolest releases to look for:
Billy Breathes, Phish (RSD First) 
Dylan & The Dead, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead (RSD First) 
“Friends/Rock and Roll,” Led Zeppelin, 7” (RSD Exclusive) 
Juicy, The Notorious B.I.G. (RSD Exclusive) 
Live at the Troubadour 11/12/96, Wilco (RSD Exclusive) 
The Lost Children, Disturbed (RSD Exclusive) 
The Matrix Part II, The Doors (RSD Exclusive) 
One More Light Live, Linkin Park (RSD Exclusive) 
Twin Peaks Soundtrack (RSD First) 
You Can Dance, Madonna (RSD Exclusive)
 
To see the full list, visit recordstoreday.com. Call ahead to find out which releases your local record store will be carrying. 





Records and reads
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day and Record Store Day

04/19/18



 If you like spinning vinyl records or curling up with a good book, April is a good month for you. Show some love for your local independent stores during Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, or Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28.  Participating stores for both days will have exclusive and special-edition items for sale along with other festivities. 

 
Record Store Day 
Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day is celebrated at record stores around the world, but the idea for the event was actually proposed by a New Englander, Chris Brown, who works as the head of marketing and finance for Bull Moose, an independent chain of music stores with locations in New Hampshire and Maine. 
“I felt like we needed to celebrate what independent music stores were up to,” he said, “so I suggested that we make our own holiday, to remind everyone what’s great about the music industry, to thank our regular customers who come in, and to have a big celebration.” 
The biggest part of Record Store Day is the special record releases, which are available that day at participating record stores. In previous years, the list included around 300 releases, but this year’s list will have more than ever before; 425 releases have been announced as of press time. 
There are three categories of releases. Exclusive releases are ones available only on Record Store Day at participating stores. 
Limited run or regional focus releases are also exclusive to Record Store Day, but may not be distributed nationally, or may be limited to 1,000 or less copies. First releases are ones that make their debut on Record Store Day but will be available during the following weeks at various other retailers. 
The releases are special for a number of reasons. They may be special-edition colored vinyl or picture disc pressings; albums that were not previously available on vinyl; re-pressings of out-of-print albums that were originally released in small quantities and are now difficult to find; or repressings featuring additional tracks that weren’t on the original pressing. 
“These records are available in a way that they’ve never been available before,” Brown said. “The artists and the record labels have a chance to do something outside of what they normally do and to get creative with things that will be exciting for people.” 
In addition to carrying the Record Store Day releases, some participating stores have special appearances by local or big-name musicians. The Bull Moose store in Scarborough, Maine, for example, will have a performance by Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band They Might Be Giants. 
Brown’s advice to people on Record Store Day is to decide in advance what releases they want to look for and to plan accordingly what record stores they want to visit, because not every record store will carry every release.  
“A good rule of thumb [for finding a release] is, if you’ve bought another record like it or by the same artist at a particular store in the past, that store will probably have [the RSD release] you want,” he said, “but it’s always good to have a backup store, too.” 
 
Independent Bookstore Day 
Independent Bookstore Day is still relatively new; the first was held in 2015. While not yet as widespread as Record Store Day, Independent Bookstore Day follows a similar format. 
“It’s a national celebration of bookstores,” said Elisabeth Jewell, event coordinator for Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord. “The bookstores and their customers all get together and have a big party.”  
Each year, bookstores order from a catalog of items available exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day. The items include special edition books, signed art prints and covers and literary themed novelty items. Gibson’s, for example, will carry the flash fiction collection A Book on the Table for a special price of $6, and  The Book Club Journal, a book with more than 45 themed recommended reading lists, prompts for journaling about the books you’ve read and space for keeping track of book club meetings. 
Other festivities at local participating stores will include author readings and book signings, free cake, scavenger hunts, and giveaways like T-shirts, tote bags, bookmarks and this year’s special IBD giveaway items, which include a copy of Feminism: A Very Short Introduction by Margaret Walters and something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter.
For stores like Gibson’s, which has participated in IBD every year since it began, it’s a chance to show their appreciation for their customers’ loyalty and support. 
“We’ve been around for 120 years. We’d consider ourselves a staple in the downtown Concord community,” Jewell said, “but we wouldn’t be here without our customers. Independent Bookstore Day is something that we can do for them and with them.”  





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