English department students create inaugural bookstore crawl

May 11, 2017 by  

Expecting to delight in being able to enjoy their posters at participating stores, Hillary Sames and Walden Hagelman are looking forward to Austin’s first Bookstore Crawl.

Sames came up with the idea while working in New York for the founder of the Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl, and the concept grew from there.

Sames and Hagelman worked long and hard together to bring their dream to a reality by enlisting the support of a dozen or so local bookstores. Differences were many between the two book crawls, including the fact that Brooklyn participants were able to walk to each location, while Austin participants will have to drive the roughly 14 miles from the two farthest points.

Location is one thing, but each independent bookstore brings its own genre into play. With participating stores including those that cater to superheroes and science fiction to those that cater to lovers of poetry and uniqueness, there is something for everyone in this first ever book crawl.

The event will be held on April 29 and will include a scavenger hunt with chances to be entered in a drawing for prizes. The grand prize will include several dozen books and comics donated by the participating bookstores. Other prizes will include gift cards, T-shirts, bookmarks and bags. Information can be found on the posters displayed at any of the participating stores, which include Austin Books & Comics, Monkeywrench Books, BookWoman, Malvern Books, and BookPeople.