Bookshop.org, BA helps underrepresented communities to open independent bookstores


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In the UK, Bookshop.org and the Booksellers Association (BA) have launched a program to help launch and encourage new bookstores founded by members of under-represented communities.

The New Futures program will receive applications from under-represented communities who believe they have the potential to create viable book-selling businesses. These communities include individuals who identify as Black and other marginalized ethnicities, LGBTQIA +, working class, physically disabled, neurodiverse, people with mental health issues, and people with learning disabilities, among others.

Following a screening, mentoring and judging process, the winner (s) will receive support from industry partners including BA, Gardners, the Bookseller and Midas — through an education and tools program to launch their bookstore.

“While we welcome recent progress in diversifying the range of published authors, we wish to promote the opening of new bookstores that will match this wealth of voices, where books can reach more diverse readers,” said the direction of BA director Meryl Halls. “The BA is committed to providing a wide range of opportunities to help its members grow, and we are incredibly excited to offer mentorship and support to a new member of our family. “

For more information on the New Futures program, click here.

Category: International news


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