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Raised by 92 people in 2 months
BOOK SHOW has the opportunity to expand, but we need to know our friends are there for us! This fall it will be five years that Book Show has been open in Highland Park. From our beginning as a “quirky sideshow of books,” featuring local authors, DIY, small press works, fanzines, and used books, we’ve grown into a vibrant creative salon hosting literary events, workshops, and classes. Events that often can’t find space elsewhere find a home here, and have grown into essential and valued outlets in the community.

As many of you know, Book Show has always shared the space with another business (Madame Pamita’s Parlour of Wonders), making rent affordable for us. Come July 2019, Madame Pamita will be moving on, leaving the space and giving us the opportunity to expand into the rest of the store doubling the area we have now! Book Show will no longer be limited to evening happenings; we’ll have space available any time of the day, any day of the week, and so many other possibilities!

With this exciting new development comes the difficult financial burden of taking on more than double our rent and expenses. While we remain positive about the future of Book Show, we’re not able to do this without your help. We need the support of our friends.

If you love the shop, the programming and value what Book Show does, please consider donating.


Here are the essential and immediate expansion needs for which Book Show would use the funds:

--To cover the additional rent increase for July and August, notoriously slow summer months, while we work filling up our programming schedule.

-- A cooling solution for the space. Some kind of air conditioning!!!

--25 additional folding chairs

--Additional folding tables of varied sizes

--Additional lighting for performances and readings (spotlight, ambient lighting)

--A real podium for readings

--Speaker stands

--Miscellaneous furniture & fixtures (bookshelves, displays, room dividers, chairs, curtains, etc)


Thank you for being a part of Book Show’s metamorphosis!
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Sorry it has been so long in posting an update! There is so much going on here at Book Show. The most significant thing is my shop roommate moved out this past Sunday and I have been working on getting the space ready for a weekend full of events! In addition to working to get the space ready, I hosted a weeklong workshop here every evening AND as I type there is a webseries filming here in the shop. So…we aren’t skipping a beat. The space is up and running! And all this is happening because of your generous support!!! THANK YOU.

You have helped make the transition so much less stressful. There are a million little costs that come up, and of course the big ones like a hefty new rent check and a bigger share of the expenses. THANK YOU! This space is forever yours.

We were able to purchase all of the chairs we need so you will all have a place to sit when you come to events. I will be inscribing them soon. I promise. All you folks who donated to the chair fund… you will see your names on them. Folding tables are on the way too! I was able to get some cool bookshelves and random other needed furniture, and some good lighting is being strung and plotted as we speak.

The cooling solution still remains a bit out of reach at this point. There are just so many other priorities that are imperative to being able to make rent!! I have one floor unit and am looking into ventilation for it. So please, keep on spreading the word about the campaign, coming down and supporting the events, buying books, and even more importantly… telling everyone about the space being available to rent for classes, workshops and happenings!!

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Hi Everyone!!!! Sorry I haven't updated in a few weeks! So... the time is coming very near to when we will be in the expanded space. The official date is July 7th! Because of all your generosity I will be able to get a bunch more chairs and folding tables. There is a tiny bit of buffer for covering the HUGE increase in rent while I get creative folks in here and renting the space for classes, workshops, happenings, pop-up shops, etc. OH... and I am hoping to be able to offer the space to folks on a sliding scale. I love people with ideas and passions and want to help them grow in whatever way possible, so will work with people's budgets!

Still need: Cooling solution and various other misc expenses... shelves, fabric, lighting, etc that will likely pop up.

At this point, we are a little over halfway to our fundraising goal. I really appreciate all your help and am working hard to expand what we have here... a space we so desperately need. An accessible creative space not just for those with fat wallets. Please continue to share with the community and keep my additional 800 or so square feet in mind for any folks you know (or you) that might want to do something here! Love you all.
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WOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!! Half way there thanks to all of you!!!!!!!!! About a month to go before I take over the additional space and costs, and getting half way to the goal in a month is fantastic!! I can't thank you all enough. There is so much to do, but I am still plugging along with all your help. It is very exciting. Will post more updates very soon... and of course, as soon as I get them, pictures of the inscribed chairs for all of you who contributed over these last few weeks to the CHAIR FUND!!! Thank you all again. Please continue to get out the word about the fundraiser and also anyone who would want to utilize the space for a pop up shop, to teach a workshop or have an event!! Love, Jen
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It has been just over TWO WEEKS and I am happy to say we are about one third of the way to our goal number!! This is awesome and I am so very grateful for all this support.

Been working hard over here booking the new space for quite a few exciting things beyond what we already do on a regular basis. There are a few art related markets and shows on the calendar, a handful of workshops for things such as storytelling, writing and channelling. Starting in July there are two sessions of a DIY camp for teenagers around filmmaking and comic/zine making (still room left, get in touch if you are interested for your kid). AND of course there is a bunch of cool literary related events including a book release celebration for local author Kolleen Carney-Hoepfner and in the fall, Chris Terry will be here celebrating his new novel!

As the owner of Book Show, what is keeping me up at night the most is thinking about these summer months. They are always a bit slower for me. But because of all your generosity, I feel like there is a good cushion started to make up for the increase in rent at this point in the fundraising journey. Now, the next third raised will go toward figuring out a cooling solution for the space.

So please keep doing what you are all doing! Share and spread the word!!! Let people know Book Show can really stretch a buck so any amount is hugely helpful!!!

And even more important, please keep sending me your creative friends who are looking for a space to rent for classes, workshops, events and whatever!! It is so very much appreciated and this is what will really make the difference in the long game!!!

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