AUGUST 2023 CELEBRATIONS
Watch this space and follow our socials for more events to come!
Register now for our Publisher Book Previews, recorded book presentations booksellers can attend LIVE or watch at their convenience:
August 15, 2023, 1:30p MT/3:30p ET
Book Previews with Dutton featuring Maya Ziv, Executive Editor at Dutton. RSVP HERE
August 16, 2023, 11a MT/1p ET
Book Previews with Melville House featuring Janet Joy Wilson, VP of Sales at Melville House. RSVP HERE
August 16, 2023, 1:30p MT/3:30p ET
Book Previews with Tiny Reparations featuring Emi Ikkanda, Executive Editor at Tiny Reparations Books. RSVP HERE
August 23, 2023 1p MT/3p ET
Book Previews with Plume, Dutton and Tiny Reparations featuring Jamie Knapp, Director of Publicity for Plume and Tiny Reparations Books and the Associate Director of Publicity for Dutton. RSVP HERE
September 29, 2023: Book Previews with Steerforth Press, RSVP link coming soon!
PAST EVENTS SCHEDULE
October 5, 2022, 5 pm MST/7 pm EST
Bookseller Workshop: The Future of Bookselling
A roundtable discussion with our COO Michelle Malonzo, Christine Bollow (Loyalty Bookstores), Andy Hunter (Bookshop.org), and Angela Maria Spring (Duende District).
October 11, 2022, 4:30 pm MST/6:30 pm EST:
THE FAMILY IZQUIERDO: A reading and conversation with Rubén Degollado & Nneoma Amadi-obi! Hosted by our friend Duende District in partnership with The Word.
October 14, 2022, 5:30 pm MST-7:30 pm MST:
Shop at MATTER: 2134 Market Street, Denver, CO
Join writers & creatives from the margins as we gather for inspiration + community. We will spend the first hour hanging out & writing, and the second hour in conversation. Light snacks & beverages will be provided.
October 18, 2022, 5 pm MST/7 pm EST:
#MarginsBookselling Presents: Lisa Lucas in conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah to discuss CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS! A very special event for all BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disabled, & Neurodiverse indie booksellers!
October 19, 2022, 5 pm MST/7 pm EST:
Bookseller Workshop: Novel Model Bookstores: A Blueprint for the Future of Independent Bookselling
A roundtable discussion with Kathy Burnett (Brain Lair Books), BrocheAroe Fabian (River Dog Book Co.) and Candice Huber (Tubby & Coo's)!
October 26, 2022, 5 pm MST/7 pm EST:
#MarginsBookselling Presents: Nicole Counts in conversation with Camonghne Felix (DYSCALCULIA) and Nicole Cuffy (DANCES) for a pre-publication bookseller event! A very special event for all BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disabled, & Neurodiverse indie booksellers!
The Margins Bookstores Journal celebrates our community of #MarginsBookstores. Learn more about your favorite bookstores & keep your travel notes as you explore them.
Buy the journal through your favorite shop or via Bookshop.org.
A portion of the proceeds will directly support participating bookstores.
Get the exclusive Untold Stories Tee
All proceeds support The Word
The Word is thrilled to collaborate with National Book Award Finalist Ingrid Rojas Contreras to bring this exclusive tee reminding us that the most important story is the one that lies untold in each of us.
"The Word is doing the labor that matters most — uplifting BIPOC booksellers and giving the floor to authors and writers who are writing from the margins. What happens when the margin takes centerstage? I feel a new literature and culture emerges, one that can define and tell of what has gone ignored or untold before. I am so thrilled to be joining The Word’s Writers’ Circle and look forward to supporting their mission."
- Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Man Who Could Move Clouds
2023 Word Writer's Circle Member
2022 JOY AMBASSADORS
2022 marked the launch of the Joy Ambassador program at The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary during this years #MarginsBookselling Month.
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.
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.
LAURA TAYLOR NAMEY
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.
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.
#MarginsBookselling is a celebration of BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Disabled, and Neurodiverse booksellers and their communities. This is a community collaboration coordinated by The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary.
We are excited to showcase approximately 100 booksellers via our map and database that are working to center diverse voices and stories.
A giant thank you to Bridget Watson-Payne, Natalie Butterfield, and the entire team at Chronicle Books for the incredible work that brought together the Margins Bookstores Journal, beautifully illustrated by Kah Yangni.
We thank Kathy Burnette, Founder of Brain Lair Books, Candice Huber, owner of Tubby and Coo’s, Christine Bollow, Programs & Marketing Manager at Loyalty Bookstores, Isis Asare, owner of Sistah SciFi, and The Word board member Deidre Dumpson, for their insight, feedback, and time on the 2022 #MarginsBookselling Planning Committee.
A message from The Word:
The Word is based in the city of Denver on the homelands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe peoples in the area known as Colorado which was traditionally home to at least 48 contemporary indigenous communities, each of which has made innumerable contributions to our region. We recognize that the map in this work has taken its form through genocide, theft, and forced removal. We acknowledge that these lands are unceded and continue to be indigenous lands. We recommend the following resources as a starting point for learning how we may each work to stop perpetuating systems of oppression and erasure:
Information about the Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Information about the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Members of the Margins Bookselling Planning Committee have made donations to LANDBACK as we acknowledge and support this movement.
We invite you to donate as well here.
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
#MarginsBookselling celebrations would not be possible without our major sponsors:
A warm, deep thank you to our additional sponsors: