Calling all book-loving celebrities!

ANN ARBOR – Authors and illustrators are uniting to help booksellers across the country during the return of the Bank on Booksellers Piggy Bank Auction. The auction will take place online with nationwide bidding beginning on Sunday, September 9 and closing at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 15.

In 2016, the team at Parnassus Books came together to create a unique way to support one of their fellow employees who had been diagnosed with a serious illness. The Parnassus employees used their connections to the book industry to recruit a host of celebrity piggy bank decorators for the first Bank on Booksellers. The proceeds were used to help booksellers across the country.

“Not every bookseller facing a serious medical situation can get a whole bunch of pigs together to help them out, but every bookseller has the Binc Foundation,” said Parnassus co-owner and Binc Ambassador Ann Patchett.

This year, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is hoping to follow up on the 2016 Bank on Booksellers auction. The goal is to raise $25,000 according to Binc Executive Director Pam French.

“The response to the first Bank on Booksellers was stunning,” French said. “We were overwhelmed at the support the auction received from the book industry, celebrities and everyone who bid. We hope the 2018 Bank on Booksellers will be just as great an opportunity for the people who care about booksellers to show their love.”

Binc is still looking for celebrities to sign up to decorate a piggy bank which will be auctioned off to support the bookseller’s safety net. Anyone interested in signing up to decorate a pig for the auction or who would like to connect us with an illustrator or celebrity should contact Binc at

“We’ve had a number of generous authors and illustrators volunteer their time to decorate piggy banks, but there are plenty of mini-masterpieces left to be painted,” French said. “We’re hoping our friends at bookstores across the country will help us reach more pig-decorators.”

Binc is incredibly grateful to the authors who make up their roster of piggy bank creators. The current list of participating authors includes:

R.W. Alley

Lucie Amundsen

Katherine Applegate

Kevan Atteberry

Vita Ayala

Leigh Bardugo

Mac Barnett

Andrea Beaty

Jeanne Birdsall

Holly Black

Judy Blume

Sandra Boynton

Daniel James Brown

Marc Brown

Kimberly Bradley Brubaker

Dennis Calero

Carol Cassella

R.Gregory Christie

Chelsea Clinton

Kate DiCamillo

Anthony Doerr

Louise Erdrich

Jonathan Evison

Denise Flemming

Angela Flournoy

Veronica (Ronnie) Garcia,

Robin Preiss Glasser

Natalie Goldberg

Alan Gratz

John Grisham

Mike Gustafson

Kristin Hannah

Shawn Harris

John (Colo Gov) Hickenlooper

Tad Hills

Alice Hoffman

Erin Hunting

Governor Islee

A.J. Jacobs

Stephanie Kallos

Sylvie Kantororitz

Barbara Kingsolver

Jeff Kinney

Nina Laden

Barbara Lehman

Lillian Li

Tom Lichtenheld

Grace Lin

Laura Lippman

Jim Lynch

Gregory Maguire

Gianna Marina

Barbara McClintock

Yuyi Morales

Celeste Ng

Lori Nichols

Laura Numeroff

Kim & Brad Paisley

Julie Paschkis

Ann Patchett

James Patterson

Jacques Pepin

Matt Phelan

Tiemdow Phumiruk

Chris Raschka

Brandon Reese

Brendan Reichs

Jason Reynolds

Tom Robbins

Deborah Roberts & Al Roker

Steven Savage

Judy Schachner

Ian Schoenherr

Jon Scieszka

David Shannon

Jennie Shortridge

Jess Smart Smiley

Laurel Snyder

Phil & Erin Stead

Garth  Stein

Amy Stewart,

Emma Straub

Cheryl Strayed

Don Tate

Angie Thomas

Brenna Thummler

Jen Vaughan

Tom Watson

Lauren Weisberger

Don & Audrey Wood

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