The Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport is back for another year—pick one up at any of the participating metro-area stores listed on the Rain Taxi website between April 24 and April 29. Each store visit during this week earns you a passport stamp that activates a coupon you can use on another visit. Collect 12 stamps to activate all the coupons; collect all 23 stamps for a chance to win one of five literary prize packs or the grand prize: a set of books, one selected by each of the participating bookstores.
The Midwest Indie Bookstore Roadmap, created by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA), is also back. Aside from this being a great tool for finding a bookstore near you, you can win prizes by shopping at any of the stores featured on the roadmap (either online or in person) between April 29 and next year’s Independent Bookstore Day on April 27, 2024. Take a picture of your purchase and post it on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with the hashtag #BookstoreRoadmap, plus tag the store and MIBA in the post. MIBA will randomly select one entry each month to win a $50 gift card to the bookstore of the winner’s choice—and on next year’s Indie Bookstore Day, one grand-prize winner from all of the year’s entries will win a $500 gift card. The more stores you shop at and tag, the more likely you are to win the grand prize.