Bookworms Unite!

Local and independent shops bind together for epic Austin Bookstore Crawl

Local and independent shops bind together for Austin Bookstore Crawl

Malvern Books sign
Malvern Books is just one of 15 bookstores participating. Photo by Sofia Sokolove

If your idea of a perfect afternoon is spent blissfully wandering around BookPeople, then prepare for the greatest day of your life. On April 28, local, independent books shops will unite for the Austin Bookstore Crawl.

In order to take part, participants are tasked with visiting at least three of the 15 sponsoring stores, according to the website. Once there, each attendee must complete the store's scavenger hunt task and post the activity to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #atxbookstorecrawl and tag to the store's social media account. Each store will reveal its specific task here on April 27, the day before the crawl, so no cheating! 

After completing the task, the fun part begins when participants can then browse the store. (This is literally — pun intended — the greatest day ever.)

Sponsoring book shops include:Austin Book and Comics; BookPeople; BookWomanDragon's LairHalf Price Books (all seven Austin area locations are taking part); Hops & HeroesMalvern BooksMonkeyWrench BooksSouth Congress Books; and Tribe Comics and Games.

In order to win the yet-to-be announced grand prize, participants must screenshot their social media entries and send them to For every three stores a crawler visits, that equals one entry. (So if you visit all 15 participating stores, you get five chances.) Only emails sent on April 28 will be counted, and the winner will be notified via email on April 30.

And if you don't take part in social media, you can still crawl. Rather than sending your posts, simply take a photo of your scavenger hunt find and email that instead.