SAVE OUR SPOONBILL!
Help save Spoonbill! with Miles, Jonas, and Phong Bui
Jonathan Lethem is the author of twenty books, nine of which are novels.
From his room of books, beloved Brooklyn author and former bookseller Jonathan Lethem was kind enough to share with us some words on why he feels it's so important to support local bookstores in this moment.
A message from Miles Bellamy and Jonas Kyle, proprietors of Spoonbill Books:
Our beloved bookshop, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Save Our Spoonbill is an initiative for friends to help us sustain our iconic Williamsburg bookshop during the Covid-19 shutdown.
We humbly ask for your immediate support to ensure our return to the community who enabled our vision and allowed us to thrive - and to give back the jobs we had to take from our loyal and extraordinary staff.
Spoonbill has earned an international reputation for its eclectic range of new and second-hand books, and for providing an arena for discovery and the sharing of knowledge . We opened our shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1999 with $20,000 and a singular mission: to cultivate passion for art and books by providing an inspirational physical space for people to merge with our books.
Over the course of twenty years, we’ve made a difference in many lives by helping artists become artists, thinkers become thinkers and dreamers feed their dreams. We’ve created jobs, supported small and big publishers alike and brought joy to those who’ve stepped through our doors. Our success comes from how deeply we engage - with our books and our staff, and our writers and readers. And now more than ever, books are essential to rebuilding our community.
Your contribution will keep us from closing by providing the cash-flow to maintain operations during the shutdown (rent, insurance, utilities), to hire back our employees and to make our re-opening our victory. If you can give, we will be deeply grateful. No donation is too small…or too big. And please let other lovers of reading know about this campaign. Sharing this page will make a meaningful difference.
You can also help by ordering books from our website, http://spoonbillbooks.com , there you’ll find Gift Certificates, Surprise Book packages and a selection of our regular stock.
We remain confident that when the day comes we can step out into the sun again, our doors will be open to welcome you in!
Along this journey, we’ve learned that there is simply no nourishment like that glowing, trembling rectangle they call the book.
Miles Bellamy, Jonas Kyle. Proprietors
Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers
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