Mark Your Calendar for the Second Annual Rock Cities Book Crawl

Attention bookworms: It’s time to show local bookstores some love.

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, April 27, and to celebrate, area shops are hosting the second annual Rock Cities Book Crawl.

What is a book crawl? It’s similar to a bar crawl, but instead of drinks, you hop from store to store to grab books. The goal is to visit all local indie bookstores before the end of the day while enjoying special events and perks along the way. A prize basket drawing with book-related gifts from local businesses and makers awaits those who make it to every location.

“As independent booksellers, we aren’t in competition with each other,” Beautywood Books said in a recent Instagram post, “but are colleagues in the work of bringing together our respective communities to share in and celebrate the love of stories.”

The book crawl takes place all day on April 27. It will be great for book lovers and readers of all ages, so be sure to get the kiddos involved. Plus, you’ll get the best book recommendations from a variety of genres. Pick up a passport at any of the participating locations and get to reading.

Here are the participating bookstores:

Beautywood Books // The NLR bookstore is bringing the book crawl back after a successful first year. While it has yet to announce day-of activities, it’s sure to be a fun stop, so follow along on Beautywood’s Instagram or Facebook pages below. The shop recently underwent some renovations including new paint, a fresh rearrange and upgraded decorations and shelves. See it for yourself on April 27.

1701 N. Main St., North Little Rock | 501.487.4323 | Instagram | Facebook

Paper Hearts Bookstore // Paper Hearts will have plenty of activities during the book crawl that will be announced at a later date, but perhaps most notably, the Paper Hearts reading room, an additional expanded space next door at Pettaway Square, will open on April 27. The space will serve as a reading nook, book club meeting room, art gallery and pop-up space. Paper Hearts also announced it’s hoping to expand the store in the upcoming winter months, so follow along below for important updates.

420 E. 21st St. | Website | Instagram | Facebook

WordsWorth Books // The Heights’ favorite cozy bookstore is also participating in this year’s book crawl. Stop in and peruse the shelves from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on April 27.

5920 R St. | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing // Find all genres from classics to new releases at this Dunbar Neighborhood store. The shop has a large selection of books by Black authors and cultural gifts, and it’s definitely a book crawl can’t-miss.

1001 Wright Ave. | 501.372.5824 | Website | Instagram | Facebook

The Book Store // The Book Store in North Little Rock has served the community since 1976 with a wide range of books and wonderful customer service. The indie shop is having a large sale in tandem with the book crawl, so pack a bag or box.

3832 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock | 501.753.1879 | Website | Facebook


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