Authors Kate DiCamillo, Ann Patchett, Will Schwalbe and Garth Stein have created a pool of funds to match new gifts (up to $15,000) to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation's #ReadLoveSupportBinc campaign.
“Booksellers have handled my books with so much love and tenderness, this is a way for me to make sure they get love and tenderness when they need it," said DiCamillo.
“If you feel like the world is falling apart and you want to know how to help, help through Binc," Patchett wrote. "They get money to booksellers in crisis and they do it fast. The help Binc provides makes an enormous difference.”
Schwalbe wrote: "I'm honored to join with these authors to help Binc, an organization I admire tremendously because they are always there for booksellers in times of need, changing the lives of these community heroes I so respect and love.”
“Bookstores are like the air we breathe: we don’t recognize how vital they are to our survival until they’re gone," Stein commented. "As a lifelong reader and writer, supporting and advocating on behalf of the Binc Foundation is one of the ways I can ensure a vigorous, uninterrupted supply of air for my soul and the soul of our world. Booksellers and bookstores have played a significant role in my life and career--indeed, I cannot imagine a world without them. The dauntless work of Binc means that I never will have to, and for that, I am grateful."
The campaign launched on June 10 with a $100,000 fundraising goal and has so far raised more than $58,000.