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Build a Bridge for Jason Mills

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Raised by 35 people in 2 months
Like most mothers, I'd do anything for my children. My son, Jason, has high-functioning autism and it has challenged him all his life. With a lot of help and encouragement, he was able to graduate cum laude from high school. After some private lessons, he finally received his driver's license and is driving his own car.

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Employment, however, seems to be the wall he can't hurdle. He applies but is rarely given the chance to even interview. When he was turned down for the third time for a part-time position at Barnes & Noble this past January, I decided it was time St. George, Utah had an independent bookstore of its own, selling all new books and offering a full slate of events. A bookstore with a heart for those on the autistic spectrum (as well as other disabilities). A bookstore that would give Jason a job and train him to take over one day should he so choose. And it's a natural fit for him--he's always loved books and even taught himself to read by age three.

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You may think indie bookstores are dying, but it's just not so. A bookstore can be a profitable business if done right. Between 2009 and 2015 when so many other small businesses were going under, the number of independent bookstores rose--so much so that a Harvard professor set out to study the anomaly to find out what they were doing differently. In short, he found that truly successful bookstore (some of which pull in millions each year) all engaged in what he called "the 3 Cs--Community, Convening, and Curation." That's what we're going to do with our bookstore.

At the end of this month, The Book Bungalow will open, and a Grand Opening is slated for mid-October. We're reaching out to the community, gathering a carefully curated collection of books, and filling up the calendar with events (check us out on our website). 

In fact, thanks to Affogato Coffee Shop, we've already had our first author event--featuring "Chasing Portraits" by Elizabeth Rynecki--just this past week before we'd even opened, and we sold 19 of the 24 books sent by Penguin Random House.

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The bookcases are now all in and we have just ordered our opening inventory (pared down a bit), so our coffers are pretty bare. We certainly don't have enough to pay Jason a salary, or anyone else, for that matter.

Here's where you can help.

Please consider helping us raise $10,000 by September 24th to provide a cushion in terms of filling out our inventory ($5,000) and getting the store up and running (another $5,000) through the first month or so (we already have an author visit scheduled with a local school in mid-October, as well as a separate author signing for the Grand Opening, so we need to order additional books as soon as possible).

Beyond that, we'd love to raise $40,000 more by October 10th to pay Jason and another, more experienced part-time employee during this first year that we're open. That will give me the breathing room to attend the fall and spring conferences that are so essential to networking with the publishing world and staying on top of coming titles and debut authors. (And eventually I'll take Jason to those same conferences so he can learn from the experts.)

So we're hoping for a total of $50,000 by October 10th.

If you have a grown child or relative with autism or know someone who does, you are no doubt aware that they don't get nearly the kinds of services the younger kids do. If you can give anything at all, I'll thank you, Jason will thank you, and the communities of St. George, Washington, Santa Clara, and Ivins here in Southern Utah will thrive all the more with a bookstore that brings readers and writers together and welcomes everyone.

Please help build a bridge for Jason to his future.
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The book yesterday was “Where the Wild Things Are” and it was liberated by a woman who attended our author event last night.

Today’s book has a whole different set of clues. Here’s a look at the book and the first clue:
The book in its cage
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Here’s our finished display for Banned Books Week and I’ll post the first clue in a minute.
Do you like the dementor?
See if you can guess...
Clue #1
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Okay, I'm finished with the writer's conference (which was a blast, by the way...particularly because I got to see a lot of old friends).

Now it's time to post the rewards or perks for those donating $75 or more.

$75 - a Bungalow Book Bag (3 signed books, 3 bookmarks, and a pen), and the first two to give at this level get a coupon for a 10% discount off an autographed book of their choice from our collection to be posted on our website in November (after the Fall Discovery Show where I am certain to get lots of autographed books from great authors), AND the first to donate at this level gets a coupon for a 25% discount off any book in our inventory (this is still available).

$100 - All of the above, and an invitation to our twice yearly Founding Members Only sales in January and July; also, the first three to give at this level (this has already occurred) will get the 10% discount off an autographed book of their choice from my signed books AND the first two donors at this level (again, it's already happened) will receive a coupon for a 25% discount off any book in our inventory; PLUS as Founding Members they will have the option to join our Bungalow First Editions Club*** (explained at the end of this post).

$250 - All of the above, with the first three getting the 10% discount on an autographed book and the first two getting the 25% discount, PLUS a Bungalow Gift Basket (3 signed books, 3 bookmarks, 2 artisan soaps, an artisan chocolate bar, and a Bungalow t-shirt) and a 10% discount off the Bungalow First Editions Club book.

$500 - All of the above, with the first four getting the 10% discount on an autographed book and the first two getting the 25% discount off the book of their choice (only one has qualified so far--they donated offline), PLUS a shelf of their choice named for them (first donated, first choice in terms of which shelf), AND an invitation to all high-profile author/artist receptions.

$1,000 - All of the above, with the first three getting the 25% discount off the book of their choice, PLUS a 20% discount off each Bungalow First Editions Club book, AND a section of the store (Bio/Memoir, Fiction, etc.) named after them.

$2,500 - All of the above, PLUS one 20% off shopping spree at the time of their choosing (within a year) and personal use of the store for one time after hours until 10 pm, as scheduling permits.

$5,000 - All of the above, with a 25% discount off the Bungalow First Editions Club book, PLUS Founding Member status for ten years, and two scheduled personal uses of the store after hours until 10 pm, as scheduling permits (within two years).

$10,000 - All of the above, with a 35% discount off the Bungalow First Editions Club book, PLUS Founding Member status for life, and three scheduled personal uses of the store after hours until 10 pm, as scheduling permits (to be used within three years)...AND the first two donors at this level having either the Children's Room or Meeting Room named after them.

***If you choose to donate at this level ($100+), you will automatically become a Founding Member for at least one year and will have the option to sign up for our First Editions Club. Members of the club will receive a signed first edition six times a year delivered to their doorstep or mailbox. Selections will be chosen by the Bungalow staff and will include established authors and/or rising literary stars. These author-signed editions should increase in value as time passes. All books will be billed at list price (or less if you earned a discount through your donations here) plus postage.
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