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New Dominion Bookshop announces lineup for Independent Bookstore Day

New Dominion Bookshop (404 E Main St., Charlottesville) has announced its schedule of events and specials for National Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28.

Independent Bookstore Day marks its fourth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide with literary parties around the country. New Dominion Bookshop will be offering a range of free events for both children and adults all day on April 28. The lineup includes in-person appearances by authors Kristen-Paige Madonia and Donna Lucey, as well as the editors of UVA’s The Declaration, and our first annual Rose Garden Tea Party. “The rose garden has long been a treasure of our bookshop, and we are so happy to share it with the community on Indie Bookstore Day,” said assistant manager Robert Lazo. “It is a hidden gem on the Historic Downtown Mall—not many people know that there’s a slice of the English countryside right here in their midst.”

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM
Meet your favorite author: guest bookseller and YA author Kristen-Paige Madonia will be greeting customers and recommending her favorite books until noon.

11:00 AM
Special children’s Storytime with Maisie Goes to the Local Bookstore and a Maisie-themed coloring extravaganza. All ages are welcome.

12:00 PM
The staff of UVA’s The Declaration will take the floor as guest booksellers until 2 PM.

1:00 PM
Special Harry Potter Storytime and an exciting game of Quidditch Cornhole. All ages are welcome.

2:00 PM
Meet your favorite author: guest bookseller and author Donna Lucey will be greeting customers and recommending her favorite books until 4 PM.

3:00 PM
Rose Garden Tea Party! Enjoy the bower of blooming roses for tea, shortbread cookies, and lively, literary conversation.

Bookstore Day Specials

-Get a free literary temporary tattoo when you spend $25 or more (while supplies last).

-Get a free Taschen Bibliotheca Universalis art book from the Taschen spinner when you spend $100 or more (while supplies last).

-All books in the Macmillan Collectors’ Library (on the blue spinner) are Buy One, Get One Free.

-Complete the Instagram scavenger hunt and receive 25% off your entire purchase. Scavenger hunt rules will be announced on the morning of Bookstore Day.

-Free balloons for kids!

About New Dominion Bookshop

Serving Albemarle and Central Virginia since 1924, New Dominion Bookshop is the oldest independent bookseller in Virginia. Located in Historic Downtown Charlottesville, New Dominion is a general trade bookshop that serves as the hub for readings and other literary events in the community. For more information, visit

About Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day began in California in 2014 and became a national event the next year. A host of publishers and authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and many others have donated work in support of the event. Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Its sponsors include Penguin Random House, Ingram, and the American Bookseller’s Association. More information is available at

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