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03 Nov

A Special Thanks to Bookseller Relief Fund Donors

The following bookstores, publishers, distributors, regional booksellers associations, and individuals have all generously contributed to the Bookseller Relief Fund, which was established by the American Booksellers Association in response to the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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27 Oct

Bookseller Relief Effort Moves to Phase Two

The second phase of the Bookseller Relief Fund (BRF) effort, established by the American Booksellers Association in response to the devastation wrought by this season's hurricanes, is now underway. Under Phase Two, a subcommittee of the Bookseller Relief Fund Board will consider more expansive requests for assistance from the owners of bookstores within federally declared disaster areas.

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13 Oct

First Relief Fund Grants Being Mailed, Phase One Deadline Saturday

The first wave of Phase One Bookseller Relief Fund (BRF) grants will be mailed to 35 booksellers in the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast by the end of this week. The grants of $500 each are meant to provide assistance for temporary housing, food, clothing, transportation, medical expenses, and/or other personal items lost or damaged during the storms.

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13 Oct

Gulf Coast Booksellers Deal With Varying Degrees of Devastation

This week, as part of its continuing coverage of the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the booksellers of the Gulf Coast, Bookselling This Week talks to Scott Naugle of Pass Christian Bookstore in Pass Christian, Mississippi, and New Orleans booksellers Britton Trice of Garden District Bookshop, Cynthia Dike of Maple Street Books and Maple Street Children's, Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books, and Joanne Sealy of DeVille Books.

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06 Oct

Gulf Coast Booksellers Begin Long Process of Rebuilding

Over a month after Hurricane Katrina unleashed its devastation on the Gulf Coast, those in the hardest hit areas are just now able to return to assess the damage to their homes and businesses. This week, BTW spoke to four of the affected booksellers, who are beginning to rebuild their lives.

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06 Oct

October 15 Deadline for Phase One Bookseller Relief Fund Grants

To provide assistance to the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as quickly as possible, the Bookseller Relief Fund Board created a two-phase relief process and set October 15 as the deadline for applications for relief under Phase One of the plan.

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06 Oct

Booksellers Donate Percentage of Day's Sales to Relief Fund

On Saturday, October 1, many ABA member booksellers joined in a special effort to raise money for the Bookseller Relief Fund, which is providing humanitarian aid to booksellers affected by disaster conditions in the Gulf Coast region, as well as for future emergency situations. Booksellers were encouraged to donate a percentage of the day's sales (to be determined by the individual store) to the fund, which is providing assistance for such items as temporary housing, food, clothing, transportation, medical expenses, and/or other personal items lost or damaged.

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06 Oct

IPG Donates $25,000 to Bookseller Relief Fund

Since its inception, the Bookseller Relief Fund (BRF) has had the support of booksellers, publishers, distributors, regional associations, and others in the book industry. Last week, the fund was bolstered even further, when Independent Publishers Group President Mark Suchomel presented a check for $25,000 to the BRF.

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29 Sep

Important Bookseller Relief Fund News

The American Booksellers Association is encouraging as many member stores as possible to join together on Saturday, October 1, to raise funds for the Bookseller Relief Fund (BRF), which will provide bookstore owners and employees with humanitarian relief for such items as temporary housing, food, clothing, transportation, medical expenses, and/or other personal items lost or damaged. (The funds will not be granted to rebuild a business.)

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29 Sep

SEBA Contributes $25,000 to Bookseller Relief Fund

On Tuesday, September 27, the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA) announced that it was matching ABA's initial contribution to the Bookseller Relief Fund with a $25,000 contribution from the SEBA Board Reserve Fund.

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29 Sep

Texas Booksellers Spared the Worst of Hurricane Rita

As the Gulf Coast region deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, most accounts coming out of the area indicate that, while the storm's wrath was devastating in its destructive force in some areas, the consequences could have been far more tragic. First projected to hit the Houston area, the storm veered eastward to less populated areas. Nonetheless, Rita still packed a terrible and tragic punch, hitting towns along the Texas-Louisiana border with over 100-mph winds and leaving them under up to 15 feet of water.

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22 Sep

Bookseller Relief Fund Board Establishes Guidelines for Assistance

On Tuesday, September 20, the Bookseller Relief Fund (BRF) Board convened via conference call to establish administrative guidelines and a process for distribution of monies from the fund, which was established by ABA in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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22 Sep

Booksellers Helping Booksellers Through Relief Fund

As the Gulf Coast works toward reconstruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the book industry is building initiatives to assist those affected by the storm.

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15 Sep

Bookseller Relief Efforts Continue

As news stories about the death, suffering, and destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina are replaced by accounts of the early steps the public and private sectors are taking toward reconstruction, the book industry, too, continued its initiatives to assist Gulf Coast residents affected by the storm.

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08 Sep

Relief Efforts Stand Ready for Booksellers

In a piece on coping with the effects of disaster in today's issue of Bookselling This Week, Neal Coonerty encourages those dealing with disaster to "accept contributions ... and help."

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