Independent Bookstore Day!

Join Scrawl Books on Saturday, April 27th for our favorite day of the year: It’s Independent Bookstore Day! We promise exclusive items, author visits, and high spirits--all that’s missing is YOU!

Full Author Lineup:

  • 11AM - Story Time with Leah Moser & Meghana Narayan

  • 1PM - Kate Albus

  • 2PM - Nashae Jones

  • 3PM - Taj McCoy

  • 4PM - Rania Hanna

  • 5PM - Sarah Tollok


Leah Moser is a children’s book author living in Northern Virginia. With degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology, Leah has spent years as a classroom teacher. She loves sharing her passion for picture books with her husband, three daughters, dog, and readers of all ages--even those who are kids at heart. I Am a Thundercloud is her debut book. 

Meghana Narayan is an author and artist devoted to telling stories that reflect the experiences of diverse readers. She lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband and two young daughters.

Kate Albus grew up in New York and now lives with her family in rural Maryland. The already-dangerous pile of reading material on her nightstand grows daily. A Place to Hang the Moon is her first book. Visit her at .

Nashae Jones is a freelance writer and an educator. Her fiction and nonfiction pieces have appeared in publications such asHuffPostMcSweeney’sYahoo Voices, and October Hill Magazine, among others. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two kids, two cats, and one dog. She is passionate about diversity initiatives, especially in children’s literature. You can find her on Twitter @Jones_Nashae.

Law grad Taj McCoy is committed to championing plus-sized Black love stories and characters with a strong sense of sisterhood and familial bonds. Born in Oakland, Taj started writing as a child and celebrated her first publications in grade school. When she’s not writing, Taj boosts other marginalized writers, practices yoga, co-hosts the Fat Like Me and Better Than Brunch podcasts, shares recipes, and cooks supper club meals for friends.

Rania Hanna is a Syrian–American writer and researcher. She is a neuroscience doctoral student at George Mason University. The Jinn Daughter is her debut novel. She lives in Northern Virginia.

Sarah Tollok lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two sons. Her work can be found in anthologies with Improbable Press, Alan Squire Publishing, and Clan Destine Press, as well as numerous online literary journals. As a staff writer with Coffee House Writers, Sarah shares her thoughts about the magic of reading. Her debut book, Bookstories, will be published in 2024 with Balance of Seven.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 10:00am to 7:00pm
Event address: 
11911 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190
I Am a Thundercloud By Leah Moser, Marie Hermansson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leah Moser, Marie Hermansson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780762482184
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Running Press Kids - April 2nd, 2024

A Little Bit of Everything By Meghana Narayan, Michelle Carlos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meghana Narayan, Michelle Carlos (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534112926
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - March 15th, 2024

Nothing Else But Miracles By Kate Albus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823451630
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - September 5th, 2023

Courtesy of Cupid By Nashae Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665939881
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - January 2nd, 2024

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The Good Ones Are Taken: A Romance Novel By Taj McCoy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778305422
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Mira Books - April 23rd, 2024

The Jinn Daughter (Hoopoe Fiction) By Rania Hanna Cover Image
ISBN: 9781649033635
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hoopoe - April 16th, 2024

Bookstories By Sarah Tollok Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947012585
Availability: Available to Order. Most orders arrive in 5-10 days.
Published: Balance of Seven - March 8th, 2024