Help 27th Letter Books Stay Open

Without community support, 27th Letter Books is facing the devastating possibility of immediate closure.

We’re Erin, Drew, Jake, and Jazmine, the co-owners of 27th Letter Books in Southwest Detroit. We believe stories provide us deeper connection and meaning as humans and we know how important it is for our survival to engage with narratives that both reaffirm and expand our lives.
Our curation intentionally centers diverse perspectives because we ourselves sit at intersections of experiences outside the typical literary landscape. Collectively we are worker-owned, young, queer, disabled, neurodivergent, Black, Filipino-American, women, and veterans.
Since starting as a pop-up in June of 2019, our business has overcome numerous challenges with resilience. Our biggest dream is to keep serving you–our community–with excellent book recommendations and a creative gathering space, but we are in a precarious position.
This year our store fell victim to an aggressive cyber scam leaving us to directly cover over $35,000 in losses. Law enforcement has expressed our chances of recovering any funds via a criminal investigation are extremely low. Furthermore, our business insurance will not cover any of this extraordinary loss.
Since uncovering this fraud, we have re-evaluated and improved our procedures to prevent further victimization, but without community support, we are facing the devastating possibility of immediate closure.
Here are some ways you can help that will make a timely and critical impact:
  • A financial donation in ANY amount through our GoFundMe campaign.
  • Amplifying and sharing our story.
  • Choosing to shop with us in-store or online.
Your financial donation will directly support:
  • Rent – keeping our physical space available for browsing/book-buying and continuing to offer (primarily free) community programs such as children’s storytime, author events, poetry readings, mini concerts, wellness gatherings, craft workshops, open mics, and more!
  • Inventory – sustaining our book supply for regular sales turnover and timely fulfillment of special orders.
  • Operations – all the small stuff that keeps us running like utilities, point-of-sale software, and credit card processing fees.
Please consider joining us by donating to our campaign so we can provide services that nourish our community in Detroit and beyond.
In gratitude,
Erin, Drew, Jake, and Jazmine
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27th Letter Books 
Detroit, MI

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