In case you've missed the news, Netflix's Anne—the streaming service's grittier remake of the classic Canadian novel and miniseries—is available starting Friday, May 12. To celebrate, the company is partnering with Goodreads and independent bookstores across the country for a little bit of Anne Shirley right in your neighborhood.
The seven episode series is in partnership with Canada's CBC, and goes a bit "off-book," according to showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett. "This is a very grounded, real version of the story. Life in Prince Edward Island in the late 1800s was a hard, gritty, scrappy life. It was messy, it was covered in red mud," she told the CBC. "It's not doilies and teacups, it's life."
You get a little taste of the new twist on the century old story—and also Anne's signature resilience and stubbornness—in the trailer that Netflix released back in April. 14-year-old Amybeth McNulty beat out 1,800 other girls to play the titular role, and we're pretty excited to see how she portrays the beloved character.
While you can certainly start watching the series starting on Friday, the party is happening at over twenty independent bookstores on Saturday, May 13. Stuffed with "all the Green Gables essentials, moms, daughters and all kindred spirits of all kinds will receive a custom designed tote bag full of darling gifts inspired by Anne Shirley," according to a press release. Gift totes are in limited quantity, but the bookstores will also have flowers and photo ops for a Anne-filled Mother's Day weekend extravaganza.
Here is the current list of confirmed bookstores:
- Deseret Book, 2894 South San Tan Village Parkway Suite 103, Gilbert, AZ 85295
- Ensign Books, 8657 Villa La Jolla Dr Ste 121 B, La Jolla CA, 92037
- Chevalier's Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
- Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
- Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
- Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2526 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
- Rediscovered Books, 180 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702
- Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA 52240
- Rainy Day Books, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, KS 66205
- Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle Suite B1, Lexington, KY 40503
- Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140
- The Montague Bookmill, 440 Old Greenfield Road, Montague, MA 01351
- The Odyssey Bookshop, The Village Commons, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075
- Schuler Books, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
- Square Books Jr., 111 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655
- May 10: Rare Book Room at The Strand, 828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
- Northsire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
- Hub City Bookstore, 186 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306
- Logos Bookstore, 6620 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205
- Deseret Book, 45 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
- Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255
- Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
- Elliott Bay Books, 1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle, WA 98122