Indie Bookstore Day – Brooklyn 2019

I was so excited to discover that I’d be in New York for Indie Bookstore Day! 17 bookstores across Brooklyn were participating with sales, offers and giveaways.

With the stores spread across Brooklyn, the absence of a car, and my inability to be in more than one place at once, I only made it to 10 of the 17 stores. Although this was ‘disappointing’, the stores I made it to were incredible and I took advantage of the great deals on offer.

Punch card illustrated by Julia Rothman

A punch card was provided at the first store I visited. How it worked was, if you visited 5 stores and had them punch your card, you received a 25% off coupon for one of the participating stores. If you visited all 17 stores, you went into the draw to win a Grand Prize. I would bow down to anyone who did!



Books Are Magic

225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Books Are Magic store front

the #1 priority on my list. Oh. My. Goodness! It’s just gorgeous! Before I even stepped foot inside, I had to take a photo in front of a mural that says ‘Books Are Magic’. Inside is books galore! There’s a comfy couch to read (or perfect for a boyfriend who traipsed around Brooklyn for me – thanks to him, by the way!). I obviously had to buy merch! I grabbed a T-shirt, tote and enamel pin – all of them say ‘Books are Magic’. A truer statement has never been made! I also got a poem from the poetry gumball machine! The staff were lovely and I wished I lived in Brooklyn so I could visit this store every day!


126 Franklin St,
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Word store front

Although small, this store was really beautiful. But even better was the staff. They were all very excited to see how many stores I’d marked off on my guide and took a photo of me for their Instagram. I picked up a copy ofThe Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace with my 25% off coupon. I’ve been after it for a while and haven’t been able to find it in Australia!


Powerhouse Arena

32 Adams St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Powerhouse Arena sign

Powerhouse is a publishing house with two stores in Brooklyn. I was only able to make it to one of the two but I’m so glad I did. It’s in a converted warehouse space with high ceilings and a Café which wasn’t open yet when I visited – probably a good thing given the pressures of time to visit other stores. Powerhouse is full of fun colours and paintings and has a huge selection of books.

Berl’s Poetry

141 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Berl’s poetry store sign

Berl’s sells just poetry and was the first stop on my bookstore tour. It has a space for readings and a real poetry vibe! I wish I could have listened to some readings there.




Melville House & Brooklyn Roast

46 John St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Melville House store front

Melville House is a publishing house with a bookstore attached which only sells their books. The store is lovely and the lady who served me was incredibly helpful when I asked where I should head to next. She pulled up Google Maps and worked out which train I had to catch and how best to get there! They were also having a great deal where all books were 20% off plus, if you bought one, you received a free coffee from Brooklyn Roast next door. If you bought two books you got a free pair of socks and if for three you received a tote! I purchased two books – The Dog Walker by Joshua Stephens and Why I’m Not Feminist by Jessa Crispin. The lady was kind enough to give me two coupons for free coffee so my partner could get one too! We popped into Brooklyn Roast to redeem our free coffees and also grabbed a delicious vegan muffin. They had such a Brooklyn vibe and even had a book lovers lounge set up to read all the new books you’ve bought!

Greenlight Bookstore

686 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Greenlight Bookstore front


This store was too crowded to spend long there (so clearly a popular spot!), but it had a large YA section and a really fun vibe.








McNally Jackson

76 North 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

McNally Jackson store front

This store is huge! It has two levels filled to the brim with books – there’s definitely something for everyone. It also has the cutest children’s section with a castle to read in! I was tempted to crawl in myself, but unfortunately it was occupied by children.




458 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Stories store front

Stories is a children’s bookshop with a large range of gorgeous picture books and decorations. It made me wish I was a child again, so I could relive the pleasure of perusing the shelves and looking at all the beautiful illustrations.




Center for Fiction

15 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Center For Fiction store front

I could have spent all day in this store. It is stunning. The bookshelves towered over me in all their vintage glory. Center for Fiction’s café offers wine as well as coffees and snacks and has a large space to pour over a new book or meet up for book club. I wish I lived around the corner from this place so I could do exactly that!


Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers

218 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Spoonbill & Sugartown store front Copyright: Spoonbill & Sugartown

This was the last store I visited. It is small and narrow and, as such is difficult to navigate around but is definitely worth a visit. It has that dusty bookshop smell and is full of books you wouldn’t find easily elsewhere. It’s located in an arty part of Brooklyn and I enjoyed exploring the other stores surrounding it.




I had an incredible time and got some great deals at Indie Bookstore Day. I’m disappointed I won’t get to go next year!

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