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BookPeople Nation Carnival of Books!

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 11:30am to 5:00pm
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Come one, come all! It’s time for the 185th Annual First Time Ever BookPeople Nation Carnival of Books!

Join us under the BookPeople Big Top as we celebrate all things books and reading with raucous merriment, bookish carnival games, tons of give-aways, an epic family read-aloud of our favorite kids stories, free books and, of course, CAKE!!! Test your literary strength with trivia and old fashioned book-balancing; aim thy wits and win prizes at Book Pong; visit our fortune teller for predictions of this year’s BIG fall books, and much more! Midday our Events Magicians will reveal our full fall author event line-up and toast the coming season with the finest affordable champagne. 

Many wonders await! Join us as we say HUZZAH and THANK YOU for your continued support of your local independent bookstore with a day of games and fun for readers of all ages.

(Remember that big party we had last year called National Bookstore Day for the BookPeople Nation (only at BookPeople)? This is a lot like that, only with a different theme and, hopefully, balloon animals.)



Only the wisest of the wise, the nerdiest of the nerds, have conquered the infamous BookPeople literary trivia challenge. Conquer the riddles at each information desk and ye shall recieve the eternal glory and loot that only the BookPeople Nation can provide! No smartphones either. We know you were thinking about it...


We've hidden announcements of our big fall events throughout the store. Tell us who you found and we'll give you a prize!


  • Wear your BookPeople gear! Own a hat / t-shirt / hoodie / tote bag / coozie / frisbee / pint glass / keychain / pen / pencil / ANYTHING that says BookPeople on it? Brandish it in the store today and we'll give you a FREE THING!
  • Buy a book off of our Family Read Aloud display!
  • Correctly answer lit trivia!
  • Be here! We'll give away prizes at random.


We're rigging up a special bookish backdrop. Pose and share your photos with us online! We're @BookPeople on instagram and twitter;

11:30AM - A Very Special BookPeople Storytime

Huzzah! Today is the BookPeople Nation Carnival of Books! To kick off our festivities, we are going to be inducting our youngest citizens into our community of readers with a bookish pledge, tokens of honor, special snacks, and -- most importantly -- a Circus Ship storytime to join the Carnival of Books! Join us this morning at 11:30 AM!

12:00PM - Carnival Games Commence!

Gather under the BookPeople Big Top and try your luck at one of our bookish carnival games. Win prizes ranging from ten cups of coffee in our cafe to advance copies of exciting new books! 


Sure, you can read a big book, but can you keep that hefty tome aloft with a single arm? How about six hefty tomes? While standing on one leg? With one eye closed? Step right up and test your literary strength! 


Have a sharp eye and steady aim? Launch a ping pong ball into a red cup to win a prize! 


How many books do our shelves hold? One million? Two million? EIGHTEEN BILLION??? Wager a bet and you may win a BookPeople gift card, and ten free cups of coffee and a slice of cake from our cafe, CoffeePeople!


How well do you know the classics? Match the first line of a book to its title and author and win a prize! 


Come, dear readers, and peer into our crystal ball of books for a glimpse of what will be new and notable this fall. Which books will top bestseller lists? Which will shock and surprise you? Which will win your heart? Visit our fortune teller for predictions and to enter to win advance copies of some of this season’s biggest books!

1:00PM - Family Read Aloud Marathon Storytime! 

Storytime isn't just for toddlers around here! After all, many of our favorite childhood memories include snuggling up under a quilt and listening to the grand adventures of Mole, Rat, and Toad;  Charlotte and Wilbur; Milo and Tock; or Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield. We'll be highlighting 25 of our best-loved family read-alouds during our upcoming Carnival of Books, and staff members will be taking the stage on our second floor to share some of their favorite first chapters! Join us under the BookPeople big top for an afternoon of bookish fun for the whole family. 


Join us as we toast what is going to be an EPIC season of events! We'll raise a glass to the coming fall and post a ton of major fall event announcements on our website, blog, and social media feeds. Can't be here in person? Follow the action on the interwebs! We're @BookPeople on instagram and twitter;


Those of you who joined us last year for our first National Bookstore Day for the BookPeople Nation (only at BookPeople) may recall a similar day of festivities, frivolity and fun. Once again, we want to take a moment to say thank you for your support in a big, fun, silly way. We're gearing up for one of the biggest event seasons on record. It's going to be a busy, exciting few months here in BookPeople Nation. Before all of the crazy whirlwind magic happens and we welcome you to meet dozens and dozens of incredible authors, we want to have a party, just you and us and cake and balloons and some good old fashioned Austin weird. We're proud to be part of a strong nation of book lovers right here in the center of Texas and we reserve our right to celebrate and give you free stuff. So come on down and join us! It isn't a party without you.