BOOK SHOW NEEDS YOUR HELP!
BOOK SHOW PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAM
I am going to get right to the point. Book Show is in danger of going out of business. This has been a brutal few months, a lukewarm year and I’m not sure I can keep the store open for much longer if things continue as they are right now. Business is incredibly slow, and on top of it I have been hit with multiple major floods that caused damage and loss of business.
Creatively and spiritually Book Show has been hugely rewarding. I love Highland Park, the Los Angeles literary community, the ‘zine and DIY community and enjoy being an establishment that I hope is a positive influence. I love fostering creativity and supporting artists through programming that is centered around literature, art and learning. And as many of you know, anyone that walks in this door with a good idea and a little motivation will get a platform and my full support. I love being able to open up the floor here and provide a stage for to people who may not find one elsewhere. And damn. I get to be around books all day. So yes, this is rewarding in so many ways.
However, the reality is I have to pay bills, be able to support myself and have somewhat of a life outside this store. And this just is not happening right now, and I am not sure I will be able to continue as things are now. At some point you have to say…. this just isn’t working, right?
But I am not ready to give up entirely yet. This is where I am asking for your help. I have created what I hope is a program that will both help me get over this rough patch, survive AND give back to the community at the same time.
Introducing the BOOK SHOW PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAM.
I realize that one is not always in the market for a book, or may not find something to their liking at my shop. Or you may not live in the neighborhood but wish you could support Book Show in some way. This program provides the means to do this. How it works is your donation is pre-purchasing a book for someone who may not be able to afford one. For every donation received I will apply a red star sticker to the spine of a book or books that match the donation amount. These books will then be available for free for those who need help in purchasing a book. By donating you are helping to make books more accessible to everyone in the community and at the same time helping Book Show to get past a difficult time and keep our doors open.
This program will focus primarily on applying your donations to our stock of used books for children, teens and young adults. It will also be applied to our stock of classics and important works of fiction, non-fiction and history.
I like to think that Book Show is something that folks don’t want to see go away. I am desperately trying to make this happen, but have reached the point where I need a little boost and the PAY IT FORWARD program is a way I feel comfortable receiving help. Thank you!
Owner, Book Show
OR VISIT THE STORE! THERE IS A DONATION CAN!