Florida is the latest member of the union to announce a state-wide day dedicated to bookstores. Florida Bookstore Day has been set for November 15, and is planned to celebrate not just indie retailers, but also used bookstores, small presses, and local authors in the Sunshine State.
The brainchild of Tiffany Razzano, founder of the Tampa Bay arts nonprofit Wordier Than Thou, Florida Bookstore Day has already signed on 30 bookstores to participate, including Inkwood Books in Tampa, and Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach.
To promote the event, Razzano plans to release a series of limited edition posters that will celebrate Florida authors of the past and present; subjects will include Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (The Yearling) and Karen Russell (Swamplandia).
Razzano is helping organize readings, panels, and open mic events at participating bookstores throughout the state. She’s also planning an after-party at Venture Compound, an art studio in St. Petersburg, with tables for local authors, organizations, and vendors, readings, and music.