Like many independent shops, our beloved bookshop Libreria was hit hard by COVID - and we need your help to keep going.
During lockdown, our revenues were wiped out - but we still had to pay rent and utility bills of £4k, plus our staffing costs added up to £8.5k during this period. (Libreria has been an accredited Living Wage employer since the day we opened.)
In total, this is £12.5k that we need to make back somehow - and we are launching a special LOVE LIBRERIA subscription. We will make about 50% margin on the subscriptions (because we have to buy the books we send you) - so that means a total fundraising target of £25k to keep the bookshop alive.
We're so grateful to have been given signed books and exclusive goodies by friends of the bookshop, including:
- Max Porter - signed Hardback of Lanny, adorned with handpainted art by the author
- John Le Carré - signed first editions of The Pigeon Tunnel and Agent Running In The Field and signed The Perfect Spy
- Lily Cole - signed copy of Who Cares Wins
- Philippe Sands QC - signed first edition of The Ratline and signed copy of East West Street.
- Diane Atkinson - signed copies of Rise Up Women!
- Kevin Barry - signed US-first editions of Beatlebone and The Nightboat to Tangier
Everyone who donates to help keep our bookshop afloat will have the chance to win one of these prizes - it's the least we can do to say thank you!
As you may know, Libreria is much more than a bookshop; we're a community space.
Prior to lockdown, we hosted weekly literacy classes for local migrants, which we run in partnership with a local community college.
And our public events have always been focused on celebrating diverse voices and underrepresented or marginalised groups. As Sharmaine Lovegrove of Dialogue Books once tweeted: "Libreria is the BEST bookshop in the world and the ONLY one that reflects and invites London communities in to be who they be amongst the books!!"
We want to keep serving our local community, championing diverse writers, and promoting positive social change.
Thank you for your help in ensuring that happens!