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We are taking a hiatus in 2020!

We'll be back in April 2021 for another year of bookcrawling, scavenger hunts and literary fun, but in the meantime, keep supporting our community's amazing independent bookstores!
Take a look our partner bookstores below and pay them a visit on National Independent Bookstore Day, April 25th, 2020.
We'll see you next year!

Partner Bookstores



  • Visit 3 or more of the participating bookstores on National Independent Bookstore Day (the last Saturday in April). To enter the drawing for the grand prize, you must include at least 3 sponsoring bookstores in your crawl. They're clearly listed and marked on a map on our website.

  • Complete each store’s designated scavenger hunt task and post a picture on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Be sure to use the #atxbookstorecrawl hashtag and tag the store’s account! Tasks will be announced on our social media the week of the crawl.

  • Browse the store! We’re here to get to know and love Austin’s independent bookstores!

  • To enter to win the grand prize, you need to send screenshots of your social media posts to These screenshots ensure that you posted on your social media accounts, tagged the independent bookstore (if available), and found your 3 scavenger items. These screenshots also allow for us to be as inclusive as possible, by making it accessible for folks to join regardless of the social media (or lack thereof) they prefer to use, and allows us to prioritize the safety and privacy of our younger crawlers. For every 3 bookstores you visit, you are entered once to win the Grand Prize. 6 store visits equates to 2 entries, 9 visits to 3 entries, and so on. If you visit all participating bookstores, you will be entered 5 times to win the Grand Prize.

  • We will announce the 3 Grand Prize winners at 8pm on the night of the crawl. We will also email each winner, so be on the lookout! If you win, email us back to claim your prize within 24 hours, or we will draw a new winner.


The 2019 Grand PRIZEs 



Do I have to live in Austin to participate?

No! But you do have to be in Austin on April 27th and able to visit stores in person in order to enter the prize drawings. If you can’t be here, we highly encourage remote participation just for fun: go to a local bookstore and post pictures from there!


Do I have to buy anything?

No! But of course we encourage you to do so if you find something you like. Also, it’s a great way to support your local bookstores!

How old do I have to be?

Since we have to collect your personal information to validate your entries and (potentially) send you prizes, you must be 18 to formally participate in the crawl. Parents are welcome to enter on behalf of their children under 18.


Do I have to enter the drawings?

No! If you only have time to visit 1 or 2 stores — or aren’t interested in winning prizes — we still wholeheartedly welcome you to the Crawl.


How do I enter to win the Grand Prize if I don’t use social media?

If you don’t use social media and therefore can’t send us links to your posts, that’s fine! Instead, we ask that you email your scavenger hunt pictures to Don’t forget to include your full name and email address and/or phone number — we’ll need a good way to contact you if you win the Grand Prize!

about us

Our mission is to connect readers across Austin, Texas by building a diverse community of local independent bookstores. The Austin Bookstore Crawl is building connections among a cross-section of independent, specialized bookstores in Austin by promoting literacy across the city and supporting exclusively local, independent bookstores. Independent bookstores amplify marginalized voices and stories in our community and we wanted to celebrate their work and thus created the Austin Bookstore Crawl.

Walden Hagelman,
Executive Director and Co-Founder

In 2016, Walden was looking for a way to take her passion for bookselling beyond the walls of her local independent bookstore. Armed with the belief that indie bookstores were one of the last spaces for diversity to thrive and authentic stories to be told, Walden and a team of passionate women created the 501(c)(3) non-profit the Austin Bookstore Crawl. Walden is a proud class of 2018 graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Walden works for a consulting company in Austin, Texas and is deeply looking forward to merging her love of storytelling and her leadership skills to empower other women in her community to create something they love. Walden is grateful everyday for her family, her friends who have become family, and the women and queer people in her community who empower each other everyday to rise up. 

Hanna Foster,
Social Media Director

Hanna Foster has a degree in Journalism from Texas State University and is a bookseller at heart. Whether in your local bookstore or as a popular bookstagrammer (@bathing_in_books), Hanna can be found celebrating the importance of diverse storytelling in her community. Currently she works as a proofreader for the Texas Legislator and is looking forward to furthering her career as an advocate in the Lone Star State. When she's not proofreading legal documents, our social media director spends her time listening to true crime podcasts, reading feminist literature, and watching 90's television. Hanna has been a part of the Austin Bookstore Crawl since 2018.

Maya Lamphier,
Art Director

Maya is an illustrator and designer living in Austin, Texas where she is currently working at a local independent bookstore. She graduated from Texas State University's BFA Communication Design program in December of 2015 and has been working with the Austin Bookstore Crawl since 2017. When not drawing, designing, or embroidering Maya also enjoys reading about history, mythology, and children fighting the forces of evil.

You can find more of her work on

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