PRH pledges £15,000 for the #ReadTheOnePercent bookshop

News - Bookselling Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The publisher is supporting the bookshop's crowdfunding campaign to become a permanent shop in Brixton

Penguin Random House UK is making a donation to the inclusive #ReadTheOnePercent Bookshop, to support its aim of becoming a permanent shop in Brixton, and to open further pop-up stores in cities across the UK. Its total fundraising target is £30,000.

PRH is pledging £15,000 in the form of match-funding, meaning that the company pledges to match all donations made to the crowdfunding campaign from today, up to a total of £15,000, to incentivise people to continue to donate.

The #ReadTheOnePercent Bookshop, run by independent children’s publisher Knights Of, is a pop-up in Brixton, London, which is filled only with books featuring black, Asian or minority ethnic protagonists. Since launching its crowdfunding campaign earlier this month, the bookshop has received over £16,000 in donations from 300+ supporters.

The funds raised as part of the campaign will enable #ReadTheOnePercent to create a base in Brixton as a permanent bookstore for a year, as well as allow it to hire an inclusive specialist children's bookseller to work in the shop. The funding will also help the bookshop build and run further pop-ups in partnership with independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland, with support from Penguin Random House. This will be supplemented by a programme of public events so that readers all across the country can see themselves in books.

Aimée Felone, Knights Of co-founder, said: "We are delighted to have Penguin Random House match-funding our crowdfund! The #ReadtheOnePercent campaign has far surpassed our expectations and has highlighted demand for a permanent kids bookshop. Having this support of means we're not only extending our reach towards a community that has expressed a desire for inclusive books but ensures inclusive representation in books reaching across the UK and Ireland."

Rebecca Sinclair, brand and communications director at Penguin Random House, said: "It's widely acknowledged that the publishing industry has work to do to ensure books better reflect our society. While many publishers are now working hard to change this, the #ReadTheOnePercent bookshop is playing a critical role in highlighting this urgent need and celebrating books which are truly representative. It's a brilliant initiative that captured the attention of many of us at Penguin Random House so we are thrilled to make this donation which we hope will help the bookshop smash its target and achieve its ambitions."

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