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At Merritt Bookstore


Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. There are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.  Want a sneak pre-view of what will be available? Click here!

12:00PM- Create your own "Little Golden Book" Crafts and Storytime!

Help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Little Golden Book and it's classic titles like "The Poky Little Puppy", "The Monster at the End of the Book", "The Little Red Hen", & more with this exclusive Indie Bookstore Day activity! Several of these beloved books will be read aloud and then children will have the opportunity to create their very own  version of a Little Golden Book with our special activity kits!


3:00PM- "The Shetland Tea Murder" Murder Mystery Game and Tea Time: 

 An interactive murder mystery game to celebrate Ann Cleeves' new book Cold Earth. Come share a cup of tea with us.. and convict a murderer. Participants will have to listen very carefully to the statements of the suspects from the Shetland Tea Committee, because at the end they will have to decide which one of them is the killer of Minnie Laurenson. Winners will receive their very own copy of an Ann Cleeves book, provided by Minotaur Books. (Ann is the author behind the BBC series SHETLAND, airing on PBS and on Amazon Video and the books behind the VERA series starring Brenda Blethyn, now airing on PBS and Hulu.)


ALL DAY! Literary scavenger hunt!

Scour the store to find the answers to our Literary Scavenger hunt! Prizes are available for those who can accurately  find solutions to all 20 categories! (Separate scavenger hunts will be available for adults, teens, and children. One prize per participant.)


Participation is FREE for all Indie Bookstore Day events! Just come and have a good time supporting your local Independent Bookstore. 


Dani Shapiro and Elisha Cooper in Conversation: Memoir and MoreSee more
MAY 17TH AT 7:00PM

As the kick off event for the Millbrook Literary Festival Merritt Bookstore will be hosting Dani Shapiro and Elisha Cooper, two modern memoirists, to meet and talk about the incredibly intimate and honest literature they produce.

Elisha Cooper is an author and illustrator of children's books like Big Cat, Little CatTrain, and 8: An Animal Alphabet. He has also written two memoirs, Crawling: A Father's First Year and Falling: A Daughter, a Father, and a Journey Back.

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”.  Dani's books are in store now, and her new memoir, Hourglass, will be released in April. All in time to read before our event!



Lex Taylor | Merritt at the Market 
Cooking demonstration, Tasting, and Book signing.

Saturday, June 17th
from 10:00AM-12:30PM

at the Millbrook Farmers' Market 
 Located in the municipal parking lot across from the Bank of Millbrook.

Come to the Millbrook Farmers' Market on June 17th to witness master griller Lex Taylor at work.  Lex will use local ingredients from Walbridge Farms  to create a dish and showcase his newest book release  Grill Fire: 100+ Recipes & Techniques for Mastering the Flame. Learn tasty tips and tricks and see for yourself why Lex Taylor is Esquire TV's the Next Great Burger contest winner!

Lex Taylor is a grill master who has catered BBQ events and run pop-up restaurants for a variety of retailers, bars, and eateries in New York City for 15 years, serving up classic American BBQ and epic grilled meats inspired by techniques he learned while traveling in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—and from cooking just about everywhere, from Mexican fishing villages to the floe edge of Inuit hunting camps. Lex's interests also include curing, pickling, sausage making, knife making, and camping. Lex recently won Esquire TV's The Next Great Burger contest with his New Orleans-inspired deep-fried beignet burger. Lex lives in Ossining, NY.