Independent Bookstore Day - New Orleans 2017

Saturday, May 13th


Independent Bookstore Day  - New Orleans  2017

Join the fun and support your local independent bookstore!

Garden District Book Shop, Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, Maple Street Street Book Shop and Octavia Books are celebrating Independent Bookstore Day (IBD). Each store is planning special activities, and together they are offering the chance to win $100 in gift certificates to book lovers who visit all four participating bookstores as part of a fun scavenger hunt. Each store will be selling exclusive literary-themed books, art, and gift items created just for IBD.

At Garden District Book Shop;

  • Splat the Cat will be in the book shop from 12-1PM.

  • Sesame the Opossum with be here with his Mom, (Ally Burguieres) signing books their book Opossums Don't Live in Houses and Other Alternative Facts, from 1-3PM.

  • Free Letterpress New Orleans Journal if you spend $25 or purchase an IBD themed item.

  • Get your free audio book from Libro.FM,  The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shatuck. On May 13th only, select the link below and enter the promo code IBD13 (all uppercase), when checking out.

  • You'll receive a random tote bag if you spend $50 or more (while supplies last).

  • Make sure you take photos and tag us on social media, when you show us you shared info about Independent Bookstore Day on social media for 15% off your purchase that day! Facebook (; Twitter (@GDBookShop); and Instagram (gardendistrictbooks).Use the hashtag #IBD17 when you post about Independent Bookstore Day.

  • Advance Reading Copies (ARCs, while supplies last) to anyone making a purchase of $15 or more.

  • * And some special IBD merchandise.


To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 13, we have partnered with three other local book shops – Octavia Books, Maple Street Book Shop, and Tubby and Coo's Mid-City Book Shop – and with Yelp to bring you a fun scavenger hunt! The idea is to get you to visit all three book shops on May 13 looking for clues to put together a secret phrase. Figure out the phrase and say it, and you’ll be entered to win $100 in gift certificates from all three book shops.


  1. At the first of the four book shops you visit on Independent Bookstore Day, May 13, 2016, tell an employee that you’d like to participate in the scavenger hunt.

  2. The employee will hand you a sheet with the clues.

  3. You will need to solve each individual clue to obtain a part of the secret phrase.

  4. You will need to visit ALL FOUR participating book shops to complete the hunt. When you visit each book shop, get an employee to initial your sheet to prove that you visited.

  5. Put together the secret phrase.

  6. While searching, you may come across a hidden Yelp clock man (there are 2 hidden in each book shop). Find one, and you get to keep it! Take a photo with your clock man and tag Yelp and the book shop on social media.

  7. Once you’ve discovered the secret phrase, tell an employee at the third book shop you visit. That employee will confirm if the phrase is correct. If you are correct, fill out your name, phone number, and e-mail address on the sheet and turn into any employee of the fourth book shop.

  8. After May 13, all completed scavenger hunt forms will be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates to all four book shops, for a total of $100.

Event date: 

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

Garden District Book Shop