Today the Book Industry Charitable Foundation is launching the Read, Love, Support year-end campaign that aims to raise $100,000 by December 31 so that the organization reaches its budgeted fundraising goal and ensures no one in need is turned away. (Binc notes that in the past four months, requests for help have doubled.) For more information and to donate, click here.
As part of the #readlovesupport campaign, Penguin Random House will match the value of every gift up to a total of $15,000.
Jaci Updike, president of sales, PRH US, said, "We are proud to again partner with Binc on what has become a resonant holiday tradition: supporting and uplifting booksellers and comic shops, who do so much for their communities. In this year of challenges, we believe this campaign can make a meaningful difference."
Libro.fm is also helping out. For every gift between $100-$499, Libro.fm will give a free one-month membership. For a gift of $500 or more, it will give a free three-month membership.
Binc also recently announced the recipients of the George Keating Memorial Scholarship, the Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, the Carla Gray Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, the Diamond Summit Scholarship and the scholarship for the Denver Publishing Institute. In total, $16,250 has been awarded to 15 booksellers and comic retailers across the U.S. this year.
The George Keating Memorial Scholarship, which provides $250 to a bookseller from the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and New England Independent Booksellers Association for the purpose of professional development, went to Alicia Michielli of Talking Leaves Books in Buffalo, N.Y.; Rachel Ford, of the Bookshop in Nashville, Tenn.; and Katya D'Angelo of Bridgeside Books in Waterbury, Vt.
The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, which provides funds to booksellers traditionally underrepresented within the industry so they can attend the fall show of their regional association, was awarded to: Abby Rice, of Title IX: A Bookstore in New London, Conn.; Andrea Garcia of Cellar Door Books in Riverside, Calif.; Charles Hannah of Third Eye Books in Portland, Ore.; Sav Fields of Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Veronica Johnson of Libros Bookmobile in Taylor, Tex.; Krystle Dandridge of the Book Bar in Richmond, Va.; Rachel Ramirez of Storyhouse Bookpub in Des Moines, Iowa; and Kaila Boulware of Hidden Gems Literary Emporium in New Brunswick, N.J.
The Carla Gray Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, which provides an independent bookseller with a $1,000 grant and the opportunity to attend Winter Institute and a regional fall trade show, went to Kay Kerimian of Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The inaugural Diamond Summit Scholarship, which gives two comic retailers the opportunity to attend the Diamond Retailer Summit gathering, was awarded to Kristen Parraz of Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, Calif., and Stevie Rowe of Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Denver Publishing Institute scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board, as well as up to $2,000 for travel costs and lost wages, for Denver University's publishing-focused summer program went to Hannah Amorollahi of the Bookworm in Omaha, Neb.