Watchung Booksellers will celebrate its 30th anniversary as Montclair’s community bookstore on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 24.
Established in 1991, this vibrant, independent bookstore has been a cornerstone of support for Montclair families, authors, and schools. With over 70 local authors in Montclair’s thriving literary environment, the hometown bookshop is often a launchpad for new releases and debut authors. Over the last three decades, owner Margot Sage-El has hosted thousands of events small and large, from storytimes and book fairs to celebrity book signings by Hillary Clinton and Stephen Colbert.
In addition, Watchung Booksellers has remained a fierce supporter of the community, working alongside local public and private schools, the Montclair Public Library, Succeed2gether’s Montclair Literary Festival, Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, the Adult School of Montclair, as well as civic, political, and religious institutions.
“Our readers are the best in the world!” says Margot. “You keep us on our toes, sharing the books you are excited about (and those you pan), whether you come in once a week to check out what’s new, or once a year to load up on gifts, YOU have nurtured us for 30 years! And we are utterly grateful. Here’s to 30 more!”
The festivities will have to remain subdued as Watchung Booksellers remains vigilant in its safety measures, but the community is invited to drop in to celebrate with Margot and the Watchung Booksellers staff and for some special discounts and merchandise on Saturday, April 24 from 10-5 pm.