The Booksellers Association and the Guardian bookshop is supporting the Soup for Syria campaign, launched by US publisher Interlink Books to raise funds for Syrian refugees.
Soup for Syria is a cookbook featuring recipes from chefs such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Claudia Roden and Anthony Bourdain. The book’s UK publisher Pavilion Books had already pledged to donate every penny from every book sold to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), but now the Guardian has agreed to promote the book in the newspaper and its marketing channels, and will stock the book at its online bookshop.
The BA is backing the campaign by encouraging their members to sell the book and make a donation directly to the UNHCR JustGiving Soup for Syria page.
Pavilion m.d. David Graham said: "We had originally planned to make a generous contribution to UNHCR, however the escalation of the terrible plight of the millions of refugees has pricked our conscience and we want to try and do more. Every penny will now go to help with the refugee crisis and with the support of the Guardian Bookshop and bookshops across the UK we hope to sell out our print run and raise at least £55,000 to help provide some comfort to the millions of refugees."
In addition, Faber Factory Plus, which sells the Pavilion list, has agreed to waive its sales commission on all copies of Soup for Syria sold and Pavilion distributors, Harper Collins, is also lending support free of charge.
The idea for Soup for Syria came from author Barbara Abdeni Massaad. The book is published in the UK today (15th October), priced at £18.99.