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2017

“Saturday: Get Lit at the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl”
Metro: April 28, 2017

I love a steamy, stormy day. Saturday has a high of 81 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms. Doesn’t it sound romantic to spend the afternoon darting in and out of the monsoon and sunshine as you make your way through the borough’s best indie bookstores?

Enough waxing about the weather. This Saturday is the second annual Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl. It’s also National Independent Bookstore Day, so, an ideal day to patronize local booksellers and stay the f — off Amazon!

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“Join the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl This Weekend!”
Book Riot: April 28, 2017

The crawl is a fun and creative (alcohol-free) day designed to increase traffic and awareness of Brooklyn’s independent bookstores. To participate, on National Independent Bookstore Day (Saturday, April 29), readers need to visit at least five of the 30 bookstores on the official map. Once there, post a photo of yourself completing a scavenger hunt task to social media using the hashtag #bkbookstorecrawl. If applicable, include the bookstore’s social media accounts in your post as well.

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“Map: Follow the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl Saturday”
Fort Green Patch: April 28, 2017

Calling all book nerds — tomorrow National Independent Bookstore Day and the second annual Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl. So get ready.

What does that mean? It means if stifling city heat or a weird love of 1970s mystery novels isn’t enough to entice you into one the borough’s many small bookstores, you’ll have another incentive. If you visit five indie bookstores and post about each one on social media (#bkbookstorecrawl), you’ll have a chance to win a $25 gift card at any one of them. Just be sure to enter the raffle when you’re done.

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“The First Austin Bookstore Crawl”
Austin Chronicle: April 28, 2017

The invitation was enthusiastically accepted, and the two stayed close while Sames took a self-described "hiatus" from Austin, during which she had an internship with a sci-fi/fantasy book publisher in New York. There, she worked alongside Ellen B. Wright, who had just founded the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl as a new way to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day (the last Saturday in April). Wright suggested that Sames bring the idea back to Austin, given the city's reputation as a literary hub. So she did, realizing that in Hagelman, Sames had the perfect partner-in-crime to help realize her bookstore crawl dreams. "Hillary pitched this idea sort of vaguely at 11:45 at night," Hagelman recalls, "and I went home and looked it up and was like, 'What actually are we talking about?'"

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“Your Ideal Week: April 27 - May 3”
Brooklyn Based: April 26, 2017

Saturday is National Independent Bookstore Day, and the second annual Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl is the perfect way to celebrate and show your support for the rich network of literature purveyors we are lucky enough to live among. Simply stop by five or more participating bookstores, which include neighborhood institutions like Greenlight, WORD, Community Bookstore, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Freebird, and Powerhouse Arena– many of which will be hosting special events and sales in honor of indie booksellers– and you’ll be eligible to win a gift certificate to your favorite one.

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“Where to Go: Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl”
Brooklyn Paper: April 23, 2017

“Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl”
Brooklyn News: April 23, 2017

2016

“The Ultimate Party for Literary Nerds”
City Lab: April 29, 2016

In Brooklyn, Ellen Wright, a publicist at Hachette, is spearheading a bookstore crawl. Participants will read their way through 20-odd shops, such as the decidedly macabre Morbid Anatomy Museum and the Brooklyn Art Library, which peddles handmade ephemera.

Even in a competitive market, Wright finds that booksellers want to foster a sense of camaraderie among themselves: “Everyone who works at the store is going to be a book person, and they like other book people,” she tells CityLab. “If independent bookstores in general are doing better, they all do better.”

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“It's Not a Bar Crawl, It's a Bookstore Crawl — But There Are Boozy Rewards
Bedford + Bowery: April 29, 2016

This Saturday, get drunk on essays, novels and comics during the first-ever Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl. The event, taking place on Independent Bookstore Day, will feature no less than 26 stores, scattered between Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, Park Slope and a few other nabes.

 We're encouraging people to visit independent bookstores in Brooklyn,” said Ellen Wright, director and founder of the “scavenger hunt.” Intrepid book lovers will compete for rare books, staff picks, gift cards, and other swag by visiting five bookstores, completing a specific task at each, and posting their achievements on social media (#bkbookstorecrawl). Other rewards will be made available by publishers themselves, including a science fiction prize, a foodie award and a mysterious cocktail prize pack.

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“Date Night #61: The Best Things to Do This Week”
Mesh Blog: April 29, 2016

This fun event has patrons visiting some of Brooklyn's 20+ independent bookstores, completing tasks and using #bkbookstorecrawl to be entered in contests to win prizes for participating. Cool new books and gift cards are up for grabs here, so support your local bookstores and have fun!

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“Here Are All the NYC Bookstores Participating in Independent Bookstore Day”
Time Out New York: April 28, 2016

Twenty-two [NB: Actually 21, after a last-minute drop-out] Kings County bookstores are also organizing the first annual Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl to celebrate the event. If you visit five or more of the shops, complete a task at each one and post it to social media using #bkbookstorecrawl, you'll be entered to win gift certificates and free books. (The full list of stores is available on the BK Bookstore Crawl's website.)

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“Celebrate Independent Bokstore Day This Saturday with 1st Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl”
Fort Greene Focus: April 28, 2016

Here's a holiday to get Brooklyn book lovers to rejoice.

On Saturday, April 30, Independent Bookstore Day will be taking place throughout the country. According to the official site, 400 bookstores will be participating from coast to coast.

To celebrate our borough's love for books — the ones that you can dog-ear rather than download — more than 20 stores in the county of Kings will be participating in the the 1st Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl.

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“Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day This Saturday With 1st Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl”
Park Slope Stoop: April 28, 2016

Here's a holiday to get Brooklyn book lovers to rejoice.

On Saturday, April 30, Independent Bookstore Day will be taking place throughout the country. According to the official site, 400 bookstores will be participating from coast to coast.

To celebrate our borough's love for books — the ones that you can dog-ear rather than download — more than 20 stores in the county of Kings will be participating in the the 1st Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl.

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“Your Ideal Week: April 28-May 4”
Brooklyn Based: April 27, 2016

One of the best things about living in Brooklyn is the sheer number of independent bookstores that thrive here. Support them on Saturday, which is Independent Bookstore Day, with the first Bookstore Crawl, which is sort of like a book-themed scavenger hunt.

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“Drunk on Words: Bookstore Crawl Sends Readers From Store to Store”
Brooklyn Daily: April 26, 2016

Brooklyn will be crawling with bookworms!

A local literature enthusiast has organized a Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl that will set book lovers traveling from shop to shop on Independent Bookstore Day, April 30. The organizer of the event says that she wants to bring business and attention to the borough's indie bookslingers — and that her plan is already working.

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“Represent Bushwick on Brooklyn's Inaugural Bookstore Crawl”
Bushwick Daily: March 29, 2016

Bookstore sales are up across the country for the first time since 2007, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than with the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl on April 30th (which also happens to be Independent Bookstore Day).

Three Bushwick bookstores are highlighted on the event's official itinerary: Human Relations on Flushing, Better Read Than Dead on Broadway, and Molasses Books on Hart. Visiting all three will get you 60% of the way to completing the challenge.

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