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Canadian Independent Bookstore Day

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day (CIBD) is the annual day when readers, writers, illustrators, publishers, and other industry supporters come together to celebrate indie bookstores across Canada. By joining the celebration, you are advocating for independent businesses, supporting a flourishing bookselling community, and investing in Canadian culture.

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day took place on Saturday, April 29, 2023. It was a spectacular success—thank you to all the readers, writers, publishers, partners, and booksellers who celebrated with us!

As the event has now passed, this page should be used for reference purposes only.


Independent booksellers are an integral part of Canadian culture. As professionals, they are deeply passionate about their work, prioritize best-in-class customer service, and provide unmatched value for the book-buying public.

But it’s more than that. Indie bookstores are pillars of the communities in which they reside. Their staff are actively involved in the neighbourhood and provide an inclusive space where people can connect over shared interests. Local booksellers also play a vital role in the Canadian literary ecosystem. They are conduits of discovery, championing Canadian creators at all career stages and introducing Canadian readers to a diverse range of voices from across Canada's rich cultural landscape.

Indie booksellers work hard to serve their customers and communities. CIBD is our opportunity to say thank you.


Here are some ways you can participate in Canadian Independent Bookstore Day:

Buy books! Purchase books and other items in-person, online, or by phone to show your support and to enter our annual Contest for Book Lovers.

Check out bookstore activities. Local shops across Canada are planning celebratory activities for the big day including customer giveaways, discounts, exclusive products, author events, and more. Visit their websites and social channels for details.

Help us spread the word. CIBD is an opportunity to raise awareness about everything that indies have to offer. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to share our info about the campaign throughout the month of April.


This year, CIBA commissioned artwork from talented Canadian artist and illustrator Alex MacAskill to help celebrate CIBD 2023. Alex's illustration is a bright and dynamic ode to the role that indies play in their communities. 

Click here to read our interview with Alex about his work on CIBD 2023.


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We wish to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

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