Binc’s 25th Anniversary

Highlights from our virtual 25th Anniversary Celebration!  

Binc’s virtual 25th Anniversary celebration on August 12th 2021 was hosted by Isaac Fitzgerald. Accompanying Isaac was Pam French, Binc’s Executive Director. Pam and Isaac were joined by authors, creators, grant recipients, and supporters that celebrated Binc’s past, highlighted the present, and looked toward our future.

Presenters and honorees included Leigh Bardugo, Mac Barnett, Niki Coffman, Anthony Doerr, Jeff Kinney, Anne Kubek, Jim Lee, Min Jin Lee, Kuo-Yu Liang, Steven Malk, George Mrkonic, Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Jason Reynolds, Garth Stein, David Steward II.

Thank you to our Media partners, for celebrating with us!

Shelf Awareness kicked off the celebration with a dedicated issue on July 7, 2021.
The issue, titles ‘Binc at 25: Meeting the Need’ recognized the challenges of 2020 as it remained focused on the core program of helping the individual booksellers and comic shop staff, and bookstore and comic shop owners. This is possible due to the generosity of donors.

“Binc has not turned away any eligible applicants and has continued with that approach throughout the pandemic. She (Pam French) again expresses her gratitude to the book world and donors, who are “compassionate in the way they give.” Because of their generosity, Binc has been able to take this more effective approach. “We’re able to look at problems in this manner because we have both the human resources and financial resources to do so.”

Shelf Awareness

Publishers Weekly‘s August 9 2021 issue had a special Binc’s 25th Anniversary insert with five separate stories:
The Binc Foundation’s Message of Fellowship
Oren Teicher Explains Why the Binc Foundation Matters
Introducing the Binc Foundation Team
The Binc Foundation: 25 Years of Supporting Booksellers
How Binc’s Personal Touch Helped This Bookstore

During the event two film shorts by Director Mason Engels were shown:

After the event donors and supporters celebrated with us in the media and social media.

The Washington Post shared the news that tickets ($10) purchased by August 23, 2021, would be available to watch a recording of the event through September 16, 2021.

Ann Patchett (author, and Binc Ambassador) and Isaac Fitzgerald (author, and 25th Anniversary Celebration Host) were among those that shared their thanks on social media after the event.

Shelf Awareness quoted honoree Jim Lee’s assessment of Binc over the past year:

“Batman couldn’t have done it better.” – Jim Lee

Couldn’t attend but want to help bookstore and comic shop employees and owners? Donate today!

Thank you, Presenting Sponsors and Honorary Hosts

Presenting Sponsors: Edelweiss/Above the Treeline, Publishers Weekly

Opus: American Booksellers Association, Katherine Applegate,, BuyOlympia, Meg Waite Clayton, Diamond Comic Distributors, Bob DiRomualdo, Harper’s Magazine, Ingram Content Group, Anne Kubek, Litographs, Michael Loynd, NEIBA, George & Barbara Mrkonic, Zibby Owens, Penguin Random House, Polarity, Shelf Awareness, Amor & Maggie Towles

Folio: Abrams, BOOM! Studios, East West Literary Agency, Mason Engel & The Bookstour, Janet Skeslien Charles, Jack Jensen & Cathleen Obrien, Steven Malk and Alexandra Sartor, MPIBA, NAIBA

Lexicon: AdventureKEEN, Pam French & Lisa Brown, The Cheney Agency, Dave Eggers/The Hawkins Project, Mark and Donna Paz Kaufman, Sandy Nusbaum, Chuck & Dee Robinson, Emma Straub and Books are Magic, McSweeney’s, Yale University Press, Zimiles Family & [words] Bookstore

Bibliophile: Michael Barnard & Rakestraw Books, Bluffton Book Festival, Center for the Art of Translation, Anthony Doerr, Cynthia Forslund, Laurie Gillman & East City Bookshop, Peter Ginna, Mark Hoose, Michael Levatino, Joanna Mackin, Sally McPherson & Broadway Books, MIBA, Novel Neighbor, SIBA, Will Schwalbe, Strong Foundation of New York

Booklover: Annie Philbrick & Staff of Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop, Rachel Kempster Barry, Kathy Bartson, Cathy and John Berner, Borderlands Comics and Games, Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, SC Comicon, Judy Courtade, Clay Farr, Flint Hills Books, Matthew Gildea, Amanda Zirn Hudson, The King’s English Bookshop, Daniel Lazar, Dina Mardell, Jennifer Morrow, Jonathan Putnam, R J Julia Booksellers, Kate Rattenborg, The Roehl Family, Howard L. Taylor, Jr. & Andrea B. Taylor, Christina Warren, Watermark Books & Cafe, Heidi Weiland, Ken White, Woodhall Press, Gabrielle Zevin


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