Octavia's Bookshelf open its doors!

Hi, my name is Nikki, and I am fundraising to open the first-of-its-kind bookstore in the Pasadena/Altadena area. If you know me in real life, chances are I have gifted, loaned or recommended a book to you. As an early reader, books not only provided me with new worlds to discover but also allowed me to escape to places unknown. In these spaces, I was allowed to cheer for my favorite characters and mourn them, but more importantly, I could see myself and what my life could become.

Once I discovered books written by people who looked like me, I was opened to a new world of history, fiction, sci-fi, and more. I became a walking advertisement for these works and words written by BIPOC writers. The stories were familiar and unfamiliar; the words were as smooth as butter.

I am now working to create a space where readers of all walks of life can enjoy these books, a space to find your new BFF inside a book, a space to find community, enjoy a cup of coffee, read, relax, find unique and specially curated products from artisans from around the world and in our neighborhood.
I am humbled by the outpouring of support thus far and am asking you to donate to help make this dream a reality. Any and every amount helps. If you cannot do so, I'll be grateful if you could share with your friends and family or anyone who loves books.

I am looking forward to seeing you at Octavia's Bookshelf.


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Portlan High
Altadena, CA

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