By David Steinberg

Bookworks and Page One Books will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, May 2 – with various activities in their stores.

The “day” is an initiative of the American Booksellers Association, the umbrella organization that advocates for independent bookstores in the United States, said Amanda Sutton of Bookworks.

On May 2, Bookworks is hosting two area authors – Carolyn Meyer and David Thurlo. At 10:30 a.m. Meyer, an Albuquerque resident, will do a PowerPoint presentation on her two new novels for middle readers, “Diary of a Waitress – The Not-So-Glamorus Life of a Harvey Girl” and “Anastasia and Her Sisters.”

And at 3 p.m. Thurlo, of Corrales, will discuss and sign the mystery “Grave Consequences,” which he had cowritten with his wife, Aimee Thurlo. The novel is part of the Charlie Henry Mystery series set in Albuquerque.

That same day Bookworks is also celebrating its 30th anniversary. “In light of that, we’re starting a customer loyalty program. The idea is to honor people who attend our events regularly,” Sutton said. Under the program, customers will get a 30 percent discount on a single purchase after attending 10 in-store events.

The bookstore, at 4022 Rio Grande NW, is also doing a “blind date with a book.” That means Bookworks will give away hundreds of “advanced readers copies” that will be wrapped in paper; there’s a brief description of each book on the wrapper.

In addition, the bookstore will have hourly raffles for books and signed posters.

To coincide with Independent Bookstore Day, Page One Books is celebrating its 34th anniversary. At 2 p.m. the bookstore will have a Children’s Story Time and the popular children’s book character Curious George will make an appearance.

One other activity is the Self-Published/Local Author Book Fair that will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Page 1 is located at 5850 Eubank NE, in the Mountain Run Shopping Center.

This is the initiative’s first year on a national scale.

“The pilot was May 3, 2014 with 93 bookstores in California participating. The stores saw a increase of $150,000, collectively, in sales that day compared to (the first Saturday of May) in the previous year,” Sutton said.

“Based on that pilot, the association’s regional associations like Mountains and Plains voted unanimously to take part in Independent Bookstore Day for 2015. There are about 400 bookstores participating nationally.”

More book news:

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library system is celebrating this year’s El Día de los Niños from Friday, April 24 through Thursday, April 30.  El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day), a multicultural celebration of children and literacy. Seventeen library branches are hosting a variety of special events, including storytelling, interactive music, and other activities. At the end of each event, children can choose a free book – while supplies last – to keep.

 El Día de los Niños, commonly known as Día, is a nationally recognized initiative that culminates yearly on April 30 to emphasize the importance of literacy for all children.  It is a daily commitment to link children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora  of Santa Fe proposed linking the celebration with literacy to found El Día de los Niños.

The library system’s Día events are sponsored by the Friends for the Public Library.