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Indies form Alliance of Radical Booksellers
01.01.70 | Charlotte Williams
A coalition of "left-leaning political bookshops" is to launch in October, creating a support network for independent booksellers.
The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) will officially launch on 6th October and so far has 17 indie members from across the country, including east London's Newham Bookshop and Brighton's Cowley Club. The ARB seeks to support bookshops working to keep progressive books on the high street.
A spokesperson for the ARB described it as: "An organisation which allows its member booksellers to support each other, promote one another’s work and sell books together."
The alliance already has plans to launch a book prize, called The Bread and Roses Prize, and plans are already in motion for the Alliance members to take part in book fairs together.
Nik Gorecki, bookseller at Housmans bookshop in King’s Cross, London, is a co-founder of the ARB. He said: "We definitely want to speak to publishers as more of a group, but we are [also] more of a support group which comes up with campaigns and promotions."