Ten bookstores in the Twin Cities are teaming up to produce a Bookstore Day Passport to be given out on the second annual Independent Bookstore Day, April 30 2016.
The passport was inspired by Minnesota illustrator Kevin Cannon's recent campaign to draw a Minnesota Bookstore every day for 31 days. Cannon agreed to allow bookstores to use his illustrations for the passport, and even went so far as to create additional illustrations specifically for the project, including the passport cover below.
Customers pick up a copy of the passport at any of the participating stores and receive their first stamp. Any individual who travels to all ten stores during business hours on Independent Bookstore Day and receives a stamp from each store will receive a $10 gift card from every participating bookstore--$100 in total value. When all the stamps have been collected, customers snap a photo of their completed stamp page and send it to the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association via twitter (@MidwestBooks), and we will gather contact info and send them their gift cards.
Moon Palace Books in South Minneapolis will also be producing a new and updated edition of its Twin Cities Bookstore Map, which will include all bookstores in the Twin Cities, not just those participating in the passport, Independent Bookstore Day, or members of MIBA.
To view or order Kevin Cannon's bookstore illustrations and other works, please visit his website at www.CannonMaps.com.