Support Black Garnet Books!

Hey! I'm Dionne Sims, and I'm the founder of Black Garnet Books, which will currently be the only Black-owned bookstore in the state of Minnesota. Wild, huh? There have been others before now, and they were beloved by the people who visited them. It's because of them that I know opening this store is possible, and it's because of them that I deeply want this store to be sustained as a fixture in the Twin Cities.

The name "Black Garnet" comes from the symbolic attributes of that gem: strength, safety, and self-empowerment. All things that I know I've found through literature, and that I hope to bring to others through this bookstore. In connection to that meaning, Black Garnet Books will primarily stock YA and Adult literature exclusively written by authors of color, with a priority toward Black voices.

With the help of mentors in the industry and the counsel of my lawyer, Jeremy Kalin of Avisen Legal, I’ve established a solid business plan centered on community. Your generous support will fund these needs for Black Garnet Books:

- Fees related to establishing the business
- Inventory & merchandise
- Allowing me to shift into running the bookstore full-time
- Securing a  permanent store location, including interior needs

I'm so grateful for the sheer enthusiasm surrounding filling this gap in the Minnesota indie book community, and meeting the desires of people who want to see diverse literature highlighted and prioritized. Thank you for helping make this dream a reality. I can't wait to get books in y'alls hands and see your faces in person!


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Dionne Sims 
Saint Paul, MN
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