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JOY AMBASSADORS

A HISTORY OF MARGINS BOOKSELLING MONTH

Margins Bookselling Month celebrates and spotlights the third places, safe spaces that center
and uplift marginalized communities. With book bans at an historic high, and heavily
targeting these communities, it is urgent that we support culturally competent homes for
storytelling from the margins.

WHAT ARE JOY AMBASSADORS?

What is so often missing in conversations of marginalized storytellers is the multitudes of our
realities. Joy Ambassadors are literary artists who help center the joy in stories from these
communities, helping to breathe space for that radiance and sense of possibility.

HOW WILL JOY AMBASSADORS HELP PROMOTE BOOKSELLING FROM THE MARGINS?

Help share information about the #MarginsBookstores with their readers and followers
throughout the month of October 2022
Participate in a virtual author event during October 2022, in conversation with one of
The 2022 Duende-Word BIPOC Bookseller Award winners and promoting the Joy
Ambassador's literary work
Provide a quote that the Word & RBC can share through social media and other media
outlets regarding the importance of bookselling from the margins

THE WORD PARTNERED WITH NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS TO LAUNCH JOY AMBASSADORS PROGRAM DURING #MARGINSBOOKSELLING MONTH 2022

Our inaugural Joy Ambassadors are New York Times Bestselling Authors and Reese’s Book Club picks Jasmine Guillory, Laura Taylor Namey, and Angeline Boulley

The Joy Ambassador Program began as a way to honor the joy, abundance, and the multitude of lived realities for marginalized storytellers. Joy Ambassadors are literary artists who help center the joy in stories from these communities, helping to breathe space for that radiance and sense of possibility. New York Times Bestselling author Laura Taylor Namey said, "As an author writing in a climate of book banning, I know that my books wouldn’t have a chance to seed joy in readers if it wasn’t for community bookstores championing writers like me; celebrating the #MarginsBookselling collective is the smallest thanks for their service to the community.”

 

ABOUT THE INAUGURAL JOY AMBASSADORS

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Meet the author:

Jasmine Guillory is a New York Times bestselling author; her novels including The Wedding Date, the Reese's Book Club selection The Proposal, and By The Book. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, and Time, and she is a frequent book contributor on The Today Show. She lives in Oakland, California.

 

Learn more about Jasmine.  

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Meet the author:

Laura Taylor Namey is the New York Times and international bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, The Library of Lost Things, When We Were Them, and two forthcoming titles entitled A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak and Echo Park. A proud Cuban-American, she can be found hunting for vintage treasures and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children. This former teacher writes young adult novels featuring quirky teens learning to navigate life and love. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of San Diego and is the winner of the Peggy Miller Award for excellence in young adult fiction.

Learn more about Laura.

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Meet the author:

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper's Daughter is her debut novel.

 

Learn more about Angeline.

 
 
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