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Here’s how to support worker relief funds for booksellers trying to survive coronavirus closures.

Corinne Segal

March 23, 2020, 4:01pm

The coronavirus pandemic has hit independent bookstores hard, with booksellers and other book workers now in need of emergency support. Here are some opportunities we’ve spotted to help out, but please let us know of any others and will add to the post. (Email info@lithub.com.)

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, which assists booksellers in financial crisis, is taking donations and giving expedited help to booksellers impacted by coronavirus closures. (Booksellers can apply for that help here.)

ILWU Local 5, the union that represents employees of Powell’s Books, created a worker relief fund that is open for online donations.

There is a support fund for the nearly 80 booksellers laid off from McNally Jackson in New York City that will help cover their living costs.

A GoFundMe will support former employees of Posman Books, which recently laid off everyone working at its New York City and Atlanta Bookstores.

Employees of a bookstore in Pasadena, California, are taking donations via GoFundMe to help “alleviate the financial burden we’ve taken on to protect our health and the health of our families and communities.”

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