Book lovers, if you are looking for a way to support the Asian and Pacific Islander Community, check out these Asian-owned independent bookstores.
Former President, Barack Obama, recently posted a plea to all patrons of the arts on his Facebook page, encouraging people to support small businesses and purchase books from independent bookstores this holiday season.
As the pandemic has been pushing independent bookstores to the brink of their wits and resources, book shop owners around the world have been coming up with some creative ideas to keep afloat, and one Utah bookstore hopes to keep their book sales flowing by keeping the beer flowing as well. Ken Sanders, owner of Ken Sanders Rare Books, is teaming up with another Salt Lake City independent store, the Fisher Brewery to produce a line of beer based on Edward Abbey's book, The Monkey Wrench Gang.
Bookstores have been struggling to stay afloat ever since the pandemic forced all to shut down and cancel events. In the past couple of weeks, bookstores across the country and around the world have publicized their financial struggle and asked their costumers for help to be able to stay in business.
Last month ended with a dramatic dip of 30.7% of bookstore sales compared of August of last year. What the month's sales had been $1.09 billion in August 2019, in 2020 it was only over $754 million.