The killing of George Floyd by US police has led to a welcome discussion of institutional and systemic racism. Support black-owned bookshops if you can.
We have now added to our initial list, thanks to an updated list on Publishers Weekly:
A Different Booklist, Toronto, Ont.
AfriWare Books, Maywood, Ill.
Ashay by the Bay, Vallejo, Calif.
Babycakes Book Stack, Online
Between the Lines Bookstore, Baton Rouge, La.
Beyond Barcodes Bookstore, Kokomo, Ind.
Black World Books, Killeen, Tex.
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Book Boutique, Atlanta, Ga.
Brian Lair Books, South Bend, Ind.
Brave and Kind Books, Decatur, Ga.
Cafe Con Libros, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Carol’s Bookstore, Sacramento, Calif
Cultured Books, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Da Book Joint, Chicago, Ill.
Dare Books, Longwood, Fla.
Detroit Book City, Southfield, Mich.
Enda’s Booktique, Duncanville, Tex.
Eso Wan Books, Los Angeles
Eye See Me, University City, Mo.
For Keeps Books, Atlanta, Ga.
Frugal Bookstore, Roxbury, Mass.
Fulton Street Books & Coffee, Tulsa, Ok.
Harambee Books, Alexandria, Va.
Harriett’s Bookshop, Philadelphia, Pa.
Hakim’s Bookstore, Philadelphia, Pa.
Loyalty Bookstore, Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Md.
Lushena Books, Bensenville, Ill.
Mahogany Books, Washington, D.C.
Marcus Books, Oakland, Calif.
Medu Bookstore, Atlanta, Ga.
MeJah Books, Claymont, Del.
Mocha Books, Tulsa, Okla.
Nubian Bookstore, Morrow, Ga.
Olive Tree Books-n-Voices, Springfield, Mass.
Pyramid Art, Books, & Custom Framing, Little Rock, Ark.
Revolution Books, Berkeley, Calif.
Riches in Reading, Maryland City, Md.
Sankofa, Washington, D.C.
Semicolon Bookstore, Chicago, Ill.
Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, New York, N.Y.
Sistah Scifi, Online
Smith & Hannon, Cincinnati, Ohio
Solid State Books, Washington, D.C.
Source Booksellers, Detroit, Mich.
Source of Knowledge, Newark, N.J.
The Dock, Fort Worth, Tx.
The Black Reserve, Lansdale, Pa.
The Key Bookstore, Hartford, Conn.
The Listening Tree, Decatur, Ga.
The Lit. Bar, Bronx, N.Y.
Turning Page Bookshop, Goose Creek, S.C.
Willa’s Books, Kansas City, Mo.
White Whale Bookstore, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Uncle Bobbie’s Books and Cafe, Philadelphia, Penn.
Underground Books, Sacramento, Calif.
Yoruba Bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Zawadi Books, Columbus, Ohio
In the UK, support New Beacon Books, Round Table Books and Books of Africa, for starters.
Founded in 1966, New Beacon Books was the UK’s first black publisher, specialist bookshop and international book distributor and will be closed until July. Round Table Books is an inclusion-led bookshop that celebrates and sells underrepresented children’s books. They are currently distributing orders made through their website. Books of Africa is a bookshop that specialises in Africa-oriented books, selling a vast range through its online store.