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The Bookworm to donate sales

Daily Staff Report

EDWARDS – The Bookworm of Edwards announced today it will join a nationwide fundraising effort to benefit booksellers whose homes and lives were devastated in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Bookworm, located at the Edwards Village Center, will donate 15 percent of total sales on Saturday to the Bookseller Relief Fund, coordinated through the American Bookseller’s Association (ABA).The fund will provide humanitarian relief to individuals 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 damaged businesses.”Many people want to know that their donation is going to someone specific, someone who might not otherwise receive the benefit of other fundraising efforts,” says Neda Jansen, co-owner of The Bookworm of Edwards. “The ABA’s relief fund is the perfect way to support your local business as well as independent booksellers in the South.”Throughout the Gulf Coast, booksellers have been among those coping with the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While ABA has not received any reports of booksellers’ seriously injured or death, some – such as Mississippi’s Pass Christian Books in Pass Christian and Bookends in Bay St. Louis – have seen their stores completely destroyed. Other stores, such as Afro-American Book Stop and Beaucoup Books, both in New Orleans, have been forced to close and have no idea when they may reopen. Since the establishment of the Booksellers Relief Fund, which ABA seeded with an opening donation of $25,000, publisher partners, regional booksellers associations, booksellers and others in the book industry have been generously making donations.For more about the Bookseller Relief Fund and affected stores, go to or call The Bookworm at 926-READ.Vail, Colorado

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