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Laura Austin Photo / Tucked away in a cozy corner of the bookstore sits Owner Anne Rizzardini, who reads a book to Oliver, the Bookstore Cat.

Red Rock Books to celebrate Booksellers Day April 29

By Laura Quezada News Review Staff Writer–

There is fun in store at Red Rock Books during their celebration for Independent Booksellers Day on Saturday, April 29, from 11 am to 3 pm at 206 W Ridgecrest Blvd. The bookstore is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, 11 am until 5 pm.

Owner Anne Rizzardini tells us, “We’re going to have games and activities and some exclusive merchandise. We have some cool freebies like a cute little Pete the Cat enamel pin that you would pin on a backpack or purse. We also have the ‘We Love Indies Coloring Book: Color Over a Dozen Independent Bookstores Across North America.’ In addition to the freebies, we also have some exclusive Independent Bookstore Day merchandise for sale as well. We have the Meet Me at the Bookstore tote bag and a cute ‘On my way to the bookstore’ onesie, a water bottle, and special edition Blackwing Drawing Pencils.” There is something for everybody.

Red Rock Books has been hosting celebrations for several years and are making sure to bring back popular features, including trivia contests and a literary-themed temporary tattoo parlor. Of course, there will be cookies, and Bookstore Cat Oliver will wind his way through.

In her 2009 book, Home  Safe, Elizabeth Berg describes independent bookstores that could have been the blueprint for Red Rock Books. “All those magical places built by people who loved books from the moment they could hold one and wanted to share that love with others.” The protagonist, Helen, recalls one such store, “How inviting the place was, with its broken-in armchairs and lamps glowing a deep yellow, with the cat named Melville, who slept on his back in the front window. It was a browser’s paradise, books so thoughtfully and attractively displayed you wanted everything you saw.” Helen lamented that such bookstores were struggling.

Red Rock Books brilliantly expands its offerings to a wide array of unique gift items, which are also hard to resist. The store is appreciated in Ridgecrest and actually thrived during the pandemic. So Berg’s character would be happy for them. The store is also the local hub for buying event tickets.

Drop by this special event and be greeted by Oliver if he’s awake.