If a disaster strikes, Binc can help

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No one can ever be sure when a disaster will strike. Floods, wildfires and hurricanes can happen at any time with little or no warning. September is National Preparedness Month, a time for thinking about how best to protect your home, family and business should a disaster strike. The best time to think about how a disaster may effect you is before it happens when there is time to create a plan. Making sure your family and business are ready and informed should there be a disaster, is one of the most important things you can do to protect your loved ones and investments.

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Binc Helps Keep the Lights on for Booksellers

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Flipping on a light switch or turning up the thermostat are things that most people take for granted. Having light and heat on a cold winter’s night provides comfort and safety for families everywhere. But, what if you didn’t have the option of keeping your lights and heat on because you couldn’t pay your bills?

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Book Series to Benefit Booksellers

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Independent booksellers across the country are invited to submit personal essays for a nine-book series of regional paperbacks to be published by Unbridled Books with printing support by McNaughton & Gunn and edited by Carl Lennertz of ExpressEdit.net.

“I am so excited that Unbridled and McNaughton & Gunn see the joy of supporting a vehicle for bookseller authors to be published, as well as supporting a literacy cause.” – Carl Lennertz/ ExpressEdit.net

Ron Rice, editor of My Bookstore, will gather the essays for publication, and Bob Minzesheimer, formerly of USA Today (and now an indie bookseller), will write a foreword for each volume.

The books’ content will mirror the territories of the nine regional associations. One or two titles a year will be published, when a sufficient number of essays is received to produce a complete book. Essays should be about each bookseller’s unique experience in his or her current or home state — life, travels, observations — past or present.  After design and production costs are recouped, remaining profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. 

“We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this exciting project. Thank you to everyone involved. This support will allow the Binc Foundation to continue helping booksellers across the nation who experience a personal financial crisis.” Pam French/Binc Foundation

For the series of books, submissions for essays shouldn’t necessarily be about bookstore life specifically, but about personal observations or life experiences a bookseller has had that embody their state and their place in them. A bookseller can write about any state they’ve lived in, not just where they currently reside. Send submissions in soon – everyone is anxious to get book one into your bookstore quickly!

“Greg and I have always admired independent booksellers and we love publishing diverse voices from around the country, so this is a natural for us.” – Fred Ramey/Unbridled Press

If you are a bookseller with a penchant for writing, see how you can submit your essay here.

Questions can be addressed to Carl Lennertz, Ron Rice or Fred Ramey.

What is Homelessness?

3 housesHomelessness is defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an individual or family lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is either a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill); or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

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Binc Welcomes Julia Cowlishaw to the Board of Directors

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The Binc Foundation is pleased to welcome Julia Cowlishaw, Director of National Accounts at Ingram Content Group, to the board of directors. Julia brings her experience in many aspects of the book industry to the board. Growing up in California, she got her start in bookselling at Warwick’s in La Jolla while earning a degree in Printmaking at California State University – Long Beach. Julia’s career progressed as she moved to Ann Arbor, MI and started working at Shaman Drum Bookshop, eventually becoming the general manager. Under the mentorship of Karl Pohrt she learned the ropes of the larger world of the book industry before moving back to California to work as a sales rep for Ingram Content Group.

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3 quick ways to help indie bookseller Chuck Robinson & Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Did you see the Shelf Awareness story about bookseller Chuck Robinson’s upcoming 2400-mile bike ride, which is a fundraiser for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation?

Chuck co-owns Village Books in Bellingham, WA with his wife Dee Robinson, which they have run for 35 years. He’s also a sustaining contributor to the Binc Foundation, and is supporting Binc on his ride because “it has been instrumental in helping booksellers who have suffered hardships or emergencies, and in providing scholarships for higher education. It’s a great foundation – and a way for booksellers and friends to help booksellers.” Since 1996, Binc has provided more than $5.2 million to more than 6,900 families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net.

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Chuck Robinson is Ready to Ride

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Binc is thrilled to be mentioned in the bookselling industry newsletter Shelf Awareness today, in relation to bookseller Chuck Robinson’s 2,400 mile fundraising bike ride across the country to attend his 50th high school reunion. He is generously pledging $1 per mile to Binc as a fundraiser during his ride. You can make a pledge to Binc on Chuck’s 2,400 Mile Fundraiser Page.

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