August 25, 2016

Milkweed Books could use your help!


The Open Book building. Original drawing by Carly Miller.

This just in: the lovely folks of Milkweed Books, the non-profit bookstore coming September 6 to Minneapolis from stalwart indie publisher Milkweed Editions, have set up a kickstarter to raise money that will mean they can “stretch farther, experiment with more creative models for bookselling, host more public events, and invest in the work of more independent presses and literary authors.” Team Milkweed noted that the store’s “not-for-profit status mandates that it operates to fulfill a mission rather than seek a profit,” that mission being, ultimately, “to champion talented writers, engaging books, and curious readers to help ensure a world filled with wonderfully diverse bookshelves.”

We can confirm that great things happen when book publishing and bookselling collide. Milkweed Books will be joining the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Loft Literary Center, and Milkweed’s editorial offices in Minneapolis’s Open Book building, under the management of veteran bookseller, and Read This! editor, Hans Weyandt. Here’s a conversation Weyandt recently had with Cathy Wurzer on Minnesota Public Radio.

Milkweed Books has currently raised about $10,000, with thirty days, and about $15,000 more, to go. Visit their kickstarter here to donate what you can.