Inclusive publisher Knights Of, which launched a pop-up bookshop in Brixton in October, is aiming to raise £30,000 to open a permanent bookselling business.
The publisher wants to crowdfund enough money to pay for a permanent #ReadTheOnePercent bookshop in Brixton, as well as a travelling shop, which will tour festivals and events in the UK and Ireland. The #ReadTheOnePercent tagline references a recent CLPE report that said only 1% of children’s books published in 2017 featured a BAME main character, and only 4% featured a BAME character at all.
Like the pop-up shop, which sold 550 titles over the five days it was open, the new businesses will stock books featuring BAME characters from a range of different publishers, authors and illustrators.
Aimée Felone, co-founder of Knights Of, said: “The positive response to the #ReadTheOnePercent Bookshop was overwhelming and we’re thrilled that so many voices have called for events to come out of London. Everyone should see themselves in the books they read and we want to use the funding to create a permanent bookseller role to focus on celebrating inclusive books nationwide.”
More information is available via the crowdfunding site.