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2023 Independent Bookstore Day!

Event date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

It's time for Independent Bookstore Day! This year we're celebrating 10 years of IBD with the help of a few very special guests.
Check out the day's happenings below!

All Day 

Twin Cities IBD Passport! It's time again for the annual Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport! You'll have a full week to get your passport stamps to activate coupons—April 22 through April 29. At Red Balloon, you can get your passport stamped (or pick-up a passport!) during our usual hours, Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Patio Fun! Join us on our patio for bubbles, chalk art, and the chance to win prizes from our special treasure chest! This year, we'll also be featuring some of our booksellers' favorite reads throughout the store. Test your knowledge of who likes what by playing "Guess the Bookseller"!

12:30pm: Max Brallier with Drew Brockington, The Last Comics on Earth!

Red Balloon is so excited to welcome the one and only Max Brallier for his ultra-fun, full-color graphic novel series, The Last Comics on EarthMax will be joined by CatStronauts creator, Drew Brockington for what's sure to be an event to remember.

In this new spin-off series starring the Last Kids on Earth, Jack, Quint, June, and Dirk are about to face a challenge unlike any they’ve faced before . . . At their local comic book store, the kids make a startling discovery: they’ve read every last issue of their favorite comic, Z-Man, and no new issues are coming...ever! (Thanks a lot, apocalypse.).

To learn more about this event and pre-order your copy of The Last Comics on Earth, click here to visit the official event page!

3:00pm: Signing with Ben Costa and James Parks, Dungeoneer Adventures!

Stop by to meet Ben Costa and James Parks, the creators of Dungeoneer Adventures! This delightful middle grade series follows Coop Cooperson, a human in the Land of Eem, a fantastical realm where many different species live together and there is always more magic to be discovered by those up to the task. Have your books signed, and partake in a themed scavenger hunt! Click on these links to order copies of the books including Dungeoneer Adventures 1: Lost in the Mushroom Maze, and Dungeoneer Adventures 2: Wrath of the Exiles!