Celebrate good reads while supporting local with this year’s Independent Bookstore Day. Postponed from April, stop by Carpe Librum Bookstore this Saturday, August 29 to enjoy sidewalk sales, literary themed products and giveaway!

Carpe Librum has been adding to their new arrivals daily and can’t wait to celebrate. Here is what to expect:

  • A buy one get one free sidewalk sale on the used books
  • Special literary themed products, including bookmarks, wine tumblers, water bottles, tote bags, candles, and wax melts
  • A giveaway, where you’re entered in a contest to win a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore if you spend $50 or more


Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, by Stephanie Wytovich: Roll the windows down, wipe the blood off your cheek, and turn the music up. Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare by Stephanie M. Wytovich is a collection spattered with dirt and blood, sage and corpses. The poems inside are confessionals and dirges, their stories the careful banter of ghosts and sinners over tequila at the bar. These pages hold the lyrics to the beautiful grotesque that Wytovich is known for, but here she writes with a raw honesty that we haven’t seen from her before.

Ashley Sugarnotch and the Wolf, by Elizabeth Deanna: In the mythic world of Ashley Sugarnotch & the Wolf, two characters are cosmically intertwined, both moored to their past and to the expectations of society. Through syllabic and prose poems, the collection asks questions about what happens when people find themselves in a cycle of violence. Myths, retold over centuries, also mean that these cycles repeat through the storytelling. Both Ashley and the Wolf are modern, but they are forever tied to their myth.

A Collection of Dreamscapes, by Christina Sng: A Collection of Dreamscapes is an exploration of the darkness inside us, the shadow-self that screams and begs, forever fighting to claw itself out. It’s a siren song of transformation, an uncovered diary that bleeds fairy tales and dystopias, and it reads like a grimoire full of spells and curses that bring monsters and madmen to life. Between these pages, readers will meet women who hide behind the taste of poison apples, who set themselves on fire, who weep at riverbanks, the taste of freedom too much to swallow, too heavy to bear. They will be whisked away to faraway lands and unimaginable worlds, the drip of fog-soaked dreams a steady flow down their throats while they choke on betrayal and bathe in the waters of tears twice cried.


…And Other Disasters, by Malka Older: …and Other Disasters, the smart and moving collection of short fiction and poetry from acclaimed author Malka Older, examines otherness, identity and compassion across a spectrum of possible existence. In stories about an AI built for empathy, a corps of fighting midwives traveling to a new planet, and a young anthropologist who returns to study the cultures of a dying Earth, Older’s characters grapple with what it means to belong and be othered, to cling to the past and face the future, all while navigating a precarious world, riddled with natural and man-made disasters.

Continental Breakfast, by Danny Caine: Continental Breakfast, an often-humorous book, explores the effect of mass commercialism on identity, love, religion, and the American landscape. From Kanye West at Waffle House to dead malls to Passover candy, the book questions how branding and celebrity function as filters through which we see the world.

Stop by Carpe Librum Bookstore this Saturday, August 29 to check all this out and more. During this time, please remember:

  • Masks and social distancing are required.
  • To enable social distancing, only four customers are allowed in the bookstore at one time.
  • Payment options include credit/debit cards, cash, and PayPal invoice. Payment by credit or debit card or PayPal is encouraged.
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