Independent Bookstore Day 2017

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29!

Join Books on Broad and Coffee and 420 independent bookstores across the country for author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

CAMDEN, SC, APRIL 29, 2017 – Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on April 29th, with literary parties around the country.

“Locally-owned bookstores represent the independent spirit and the enthusiasm for creative ideas and conversations that make communities like Camden such wonderful places to live, work, and raise families,” said Bill and Laurie Funderburk, owners of Books on Broad and Coffee.

Books on Broad and Coffee, located at 944 Broad Street in Camden, will be celebrating with two special events that are free and open to the public.

10 am: Read Together/Do Together™ storytime and time capsule activity. Read-aloud time is about to get a lot more fun with two exciting books from Arcadia Press!

What do you get when you cross a read-aloud storybook with a write-in memory book? Magic moments between kids and adults! The Lucky to Live in South Carolina book is the perfect tool to jump-start meaningful conversations between generations. Read-aloud rhymes set up interesting topics. Then write-in prompts invite children to record their own views to create a personal Palmetto State keepsake. The real gift lies in the interactive nature of the book as it offers the perfect opportunity for adults to share their own stories and wisdom about such issues as friendship, community, team spirit, and other topics that help develop a child's social and emotional skills. Customized South Carolina content — from favorite local cuisine (frogmore stew) to interesting attractions (South Carolina Zoo) — provides an even more personalized experience.

The South Carolina Wise Animal Handbook offers laugh-out-loud animal kingdom advice for kids of every age! Engaging animal photos entertain while charming read-aloud rhymes help jump-start conversations about practical life solutions. The Read Together/Do Together™ experience continues with pull out coloring pages in the back of the book featuring fun facts about special Palmetto State animals including the Carolina wren and loggerhead sea turtle. Enjoy the opportunity to share your own practical wisdom with your favorite little one as you read-aloud... and laugh-aloud... again and again.

2 – 3:30 pm: New for Revolutionary War history enthusiasts! Jim Piecuch will discuss and sign his books, including the newly released Theaters of the American Revolution. Identifying discrete geographical areas in order to better understand a conflict that moves across hundreds of thousands of square miles of land and water, such as the American Civil War and World War II, has been a valuable historical method. During this time of greater study of the war that made America, the authors of Theaters of the American Revolution take this approach for the first time. The result is a stimulating volume that will allow readers to see how the war flowed from region to region from 1775 to 1781, beginning in the Northern colonies and Canada, through the dark months in the Middle colonies, to a shift to the South and culmination at Yorktown. Simultaneously, the war raged up and down the western frontier, with the Patriots working to keep the British and their Indian allies from disrupting the main battle armies to the east. Equally important was the war at sea, where American privateers and a fledgling navy attempted to harass the British; but with the entrance of France to the conflict, the control of the sea took a much more balanced — and important — aspect. With specially commissioned maps and colorful descriptions of eighteenth century American terrain, settlements, and cities, as well as key battles, Theaters of the American Revolution provides an ideal introduction to understanding one of the most important wars in world history in its totality.

Contents of Theaters of the American Revolution include: Introduction - James Kirby Martin and David L. Preston; The Northern Theater - James Kirby Martin; The Middle Theater - Edward G. Lengel and Mark Edward Lender; The Southern Theater - Jim Piecuch; The Western Theater - Mark Edward Lender; and The Naval Theater - Charles Neimeyer.

Jim Piecuch, a resident of Camden, is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of The Battle of Camden: A Documentary History; Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians, and Slaves in the Revolutionary South; and The Blood Be Upon Your Head: Tarleton and the Myth of Buford’s Massacre, and edited Cavalry in the American Revolution and General Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution in the South. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.


Books on Broad and Coffee will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 120 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day.


Independent Bookstore Day is proud to announce a selection of exclusive books and art pieces for Bookstore Day 2017. These limited edition, unique items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores, on April 30. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores.

For kids, there will be An Author’s Best Friend Canvas Pouch. This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch features portraits of real author dogs like Sparky Patchett and Jennie Sendak

Adult items include:

$6 Story: The Sandmeyer Reaction. A signed, limited, and bound edition of a story cut from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon’s new novel, Moonglow.

A Literary Cocktail Party: Favorite Drinks from Our Favorite Writers. A modern take on a classic cocktail guide, from 30 American writers. Learn to make an Old Fashioned with Daniel Handler; discover Julia Glass’s namesake cocktail, the Julia’s Glass; or just sit back and enjoy the simple pleasure of champagne bubbles with Emma Straub. Other authors sharing their favorite drinks include Viet Thanh Nguyen, Sloane Crosley, Amor Towles, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, and many others.

The “Bad Citizen” Stencil. Every year Bookstore Day creates a signature “Bad Citizen” Graffiti Stencil to highlight the authors and the words that push us to think, read, and be disruptive when necessary. This year’s stencil features a quote from professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.: “Censorship is to art as lynching is to Justice.” The term “bad citizen” comes from a 1997 New Yorker interview with Don DeLillo, “... weʼre writing against what power represents, and often what government represents, and what the corporation dictates, and what consumer consciousness has come to mean. In that sense, if weʼre bad citizens, weʼre doing our job.”

 • Audiobook giveaways from, the digital audiobook platform for independent bookstores. Visitors to IBD stores can download a half dozen complimentary digital audiobooks, including William Morrow’s lead title, The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, David Foster Wallace’s classic A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, and books for young readers such as Shadow House #1 by Michael Northrop.

Literary Tea Towels. This year’s flour sack tea towels feature tow food-related literary quotes from Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde

Free Giveaway Items include a Got Character? Card Game and a Rainbow Rowell Short Story

About Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is produced by writer and former bookseller Samantha Schoech in partnership with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. Pete Mulvihill, co-owner of Green Apple Books in San Francisco, spearheaded the launch of the event in 2014 after noting the success of Record Store Day.  The second annual National Independent Bookstore Day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram, and The American Booksellers Association.

About Books on Broad and Coffee: Books on Broad and Coffee is an independent book store and coffee shop located in downtown historic Camden proudly serving SC roasted King Bean coffee and offering a broad selection of new, used, and collectible books. Books on Broad is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday 7:30 am – 4 pm. Shop from the website 24/7 at


Event date: 

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7:30am to 4:00pm

Event address: 

944 Broad Street
Camden, SC 02920