Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Day Passport

how to participate | participating bookstores | literary prize packs | grand prize pack | sponsors

The Winners!

Here are the five winners of $20 gift certificates:

Andy P. of St. Paul
Sharon M. of St Paul
Angela W. of Victoria
Lauren O. of Minneapolis
Mary Ellen K. of St. Paul

Here are the 18 winners of Literary Prize Packs from our sponsors:

Daniel H. of St. Paul
Ellie E of Bloomington
Christina of St. Paul
Leah W. of Eden Prairie
Dion S. of Minneapolis
Michelle B. of Minneapolis
Holly Z. of Minneapolis
Sharon H. of Minneapolis
Miles V. of St. Paul
Amy M. of St. Paul
Claire S. of Shoreview
Jenna J. of St. Paul
Miranda H. of Minneapolis
Katie L. of St. Paul
Starr M. of North St. Paul
Lori E. of Glencoe
Kristi C. of St. Paul
Atalie D.of Menomonie, WI

And the winner of our Grand Prize is (drum roll please . . .

Tally W. of Minnetonka

Congratulations to all, see you next year!


Rain Taxi's Twin Cities Literary Calendar is teaming up with 18 great independent bookstores in the Twin Cities to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 28. For patrons of our vibrant bookstore community, we’ve printed up the 2018 Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport. Jam-packed with bookstore coupons and illustrations by local artist Kevin Cannon, the Passport is the best way to maximize your Independent Bookstore Day experience—and if you get it stamped at multiple stores, you might just win big!

Passports will be available to pick up at any of the participating bookstores below on April 28 only. Get your Passport stamped at every location you visit, because each and every stamp activates a store coupon. Visiting multiple stores will increase your chance of winning gift cards, literary prize packs, and a grand prize worth over $500 in books!

Read on to find out where to go and how
you can win prizes. See you on the 28th!


How to Participate

  1. Pick up a Passport and activate the couponsPick up a passport on April 28 at any of the participating stores and get a stamp at every bookstore you visit that day. Each stamp activates that store’s coupon; just bring your passport back on a later date to redeem the coupon.
  2. Get 5 coupon stamps, be entered to win a gift certificateCollect stamps from any 5 bookstores and ask the fifth one to stamp your prize entry card in the back of the Passport; you’ll then be entered to win one of five $20 gift certificates to your favorite participating store!
  3. Get 10 coupon stamps, be entered to win a literary prize pack. Collect stamps from any 10 bookstores and ask the tenth one to stamp your prize entry card in the back of the Passport; you’ll then be entered to win one of 18 literary prize packs, each chock full of more than a dozen new books and other great prizes!
  4. Get 18 stamps, be entered to win the grand literary prize pack. Collect stamps from all 18 bookstores and ask the eighteenth one to stamp your prize entry card in the back of the Passport; you’ll then be entered to win the grand literary prize pack, which contains all the prizes in the literary prize pack above PLUS an additional 18 books chosen by our great independent bookstores!

​When you’re finished visiting stores, just tear out the entry card and leave it with any bookseller before the end of the day for a chance to win. (Don’t turn in your entry card until you have reached your final destination.) Prize entry cards will only be accepted on April 28, 2018.

A representative from Rain Taxi will notify the winners via e-mail and arrange to get you your prizes within one week of Independent Bookstore Day. Thank you, and happy book hunting!


Participating Stores
Click on these links to learn more about special Independent Bookstore Day activities and limited, exclusive items available at each participating store!



Literary Prize Packs
Thirteen items donated by our sponsors!

from Macmillan Publishing

from Graywolf Press

from Alfred A. Knopf

from University of Minnesota

from Scribner

from Milkweed Editions

from Gallery Books

from Gallery Books

from Free Spirit Publishing

from Workman Publishing

from Red Sofa Literary

from Off the Shelf

from The Loft Literary Center



Grand Prize
All items above, PLUS 18 books donated by our participating stores, and a snazzy tee from Rain Taxi!

from Addendum Books

from Birchbark Books

from Boneshaker Books

from Chapter 2 Books

from Common Good Books

from Daybreak Press Global Bookshop

from DreamHaven Books

from Excelsior Bay Books

from Lake Country Booksellers

from Magers & Quinn Booksellers

from Milkweed Bookstore

from Moon Palace Books

from Once Upon A Crime Books

from Paperback Exchange

from Red Balloon Bookshop

from Subtext Books

from Valley Bookseller

from Wild Rumpus

An Aesthetically Adventurous T-shirt from Rain Taxi


Passport Sponsors

Thank you to this year's sponsors for their generosity and support of independent bookstores in the Twin Cities!