It's happening, people! Bookspace will very soon have an actual space—with REGULAR HOURS. Russell and Fili at Flux + Flow Dance & Movement Center are welcoming Bookspace into their building at 200 Crestview Rd, Columbus, OH. Flux + Flow is a queer-owned, inclusive, body-positive, gender-affirming space. I feel so fortunate to co-locate and partner with this radical and beloved Clintonville institution.
Look out for an October opening of Bookspace at Flux + Flow!
I super appreciate everyone who has supported Bookspace through this wild seven-year evolution. I started Bookspace to bring a curated selection of books by authors not traditionally represented in bookstores and to highlight topics that deserve attention. My goal is to get books out into the world—books that challenge, disrupt, awaken, and transform. I believe that being your independent bookseller makes a difference in the ideas and actions that are possible. I love putting powerful books in the hands and minds of folks in Columbus (and beyond).
I'm grateful each day that this is what I get to do, and also, selling books is a ton of work. It's not lucrative; the margins are tiny. The bureaucracy of running a business can feel like a Kafka-esque nightmare. As Bookspace expands, I need new systems and resources to make things run smoothly and more efficiently.
Donations will go toward:
-Much-needed, updated tech (a dedicated computer and iPad for Bookspace; a POS system for faster, smoother transactions; a more integrated system for inventory management)
-Financial resources and education for transitioning to a worker-owned cooperative (Imagine a future where these communiqués aren’t always in the first person!)
-New, expanded inventory! (Expect twice as many books as I've had at ILLIO, plus Bookspace shirts, more calendars and stickers, etc.)
-More bookshelves and displays
-Printing posters, bookmarks, and fliers with the new address
Please consider making a donation and sharing the fundraiser with folks who may want to donate. I know that your dollars are hard-earned and that many are experiencing tough times under policies and structures that are not interested in our thriving. I do not make this request lightly. I appreciate anything that you can contribute to support Bookspace. This transition will lay the foundation that will make Bookspace a sustainable business for the long term.
Thank you so so so much for your support! I am very excited for this new stage. I know it's going to be amazing.