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Independent Bookstore Day 2022

What's in store* at Maxima for Indie Bookstore Day?

*Pun intended

20% OFF ALL BOOKS at Maxima Book Center in Lexington & Maxima Gift Center in Arlington! IN-STORE ONLY on Saturday, April 30, 2022; does not apply to IBD-exclusive editions.


Local Author Spotlights

Maxima Book Center is delighted to host some of Lexington's wonderful local authors on Independent Bookstore Day! Each author will read from their work, and then be available to sign books and answer questions.

Location: Maxima Book Center, Lexington


10:30 – 11:15

Tali Sason, What Makes Us A Family

11:30 – 12:15

Jane Sutton, What’s Up with This Chicken?

12:30 – 1:15

Maria Kiely, Which Way Is Home?

1:30 – 2:15

Helen Epstein, Franci’s War

3:30 – 4:15

Annette LeBlanc Cate, A Dragon Used to Live Here

4:30 – 5:15

Robin Pan, Birdy, How Do You Fly?

5:30 – 6:15

Fatema Z. Sumar, The Development Diplomat: Working Across Borders, Boardrooms, and Bureaucracies to End Poverty

Ultimate YA Character Showdown: A (Semi-)Literary Debate


Who would win in a water balloon fight, Annabeth Chase or Katniss Everdeen? Join us for a lively interactive debate about this and other Very Important Issues, pitting some of your favorite characters against one another in the most unlikely situations! 


Location: Maxima Book Center, Lexington

Schedule: 2:30 – 3:15

This event is aimed at teens and young adults (and the young-at-heart).


Indie Bookstore Day Mad Libs!

Join us for a hilarious crowd-sourced Mad Libs reading at our Arlington location, and get a free IBD-exclusive Mad Libs booklet (limited quantity)! Fun for the whole family!

Location: Maxima Gift Center, Arlington

Schedule: 11:00 – 11:30

Want a chance to win some awesome book-themed swag?

1) Take a literary selfie (e.g. you + favorite book, your TBR list, yourself at your local indie bookstore, etc. Get creative!)

2) Tag @maximabooks on Instagram + 2 bookish friends

3) Tag post:

4) Visit us at Maxima Book Center in Lexington on Saturday, April 30th to show off your work, and be entered into a raffle to win exclusive IBD prizes!


Check out these amazing exclusive publications, available ONLY at independent bookstores on Indie Bookstore Day 2022!

**These IBD-exclusive publications will be available only in our Lexington location**

City On Fire

by Don Winslow

This Independent Bookstore Day indie exclusive includes a designed, tipped-in letter from the author about the inspiration behind his new trilogy.



by M.L. Smoker & Natalie Peeterse

If Aiyana hears one more traditional Lakota story, she'll scream! More interested in her social media presence than her Native American heritage, Aiyana is shocked when she suddenly finds herself in the magical Spirit World — with no cell coverage! Pursued by the evil trickster Raven, Aiyana struggles to get back home, but is helped by friends and allies she meets along the way. Her dangerous journey through the Spirit World tests her fortitude and challenges her to embrace her Lakota roots. But will it be enough to defeat the cruel and powerful Raven? This Independent Bookstore Day Exclusive will include an exclusive poster with a poem by M. L. Smoker.

Independent Bookstore Day Presents: An Evening with Angie Thomas

Wednesday, April 27, 7pm – 8pm ET

2022 Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador, Angie Thomas, will chat live on Zoom about all things indies with bookseller Melanie Knight from Books, Inc. in Alameda, California. The event is free and open to the public with any donations going to the charity of Angie’s choice: We Need Diverse Books.

Register here!


**IBD-exclusive merchandise will be available primarily in our Lexington location, with limited quantities available in our Arlington location**

Independent Bookstore Day Blackwing Pencils

Blackwing & Independent Bookstore Day have teamed up to create this limited edition set to celebrate independent bookstores and the printed word. Each pencil features a design inspired by the spine of a book and includes a book-loving message and Blackwing’s firm graphite. Each box is beautifully designed to match the pencils and includes a pro-indie message.

Indie Bookstores Are My Jam Exclusive Mug

Kenya ceramic with an anti-slip, natural cork base and spill-proof sliding closure lid keeps your drink safe and helps maintain your drink temperature for longer. FDA compliant and BPA Free.

Independent Bookstore Day Hotel-Motel Key Tag

These literary key tags are inspired by the classic design of vintage motel keychains.

2022 Independent Bookstore Day Tote Bag

The 2022 Independent Bookstore Day tote bag was designed by the American Booksellers Association’s very own Senior Graphic Designer, Melissa Napolitano!

When One Book Closes, Another Book Opens, A Reading Journal

A multi-purpose reading journal to document indie bookstores visited, track books read, and keep your reading life organized.

Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows IBD Tote Bag

This exclusive tote bag by Out of Print celebrates Leigh Bardugo's beloved Six of Crows duology.


World’s Smallest Kite

Size doesn't matter for the easiest kite in the world to fly. The original paper tissue KITE that fits in the palm of your hand is ready to fly right out of the package. Comes in diamond or airplane shape.