Author Archives: Cindi Carrigan

Binc Welcomes New Board Executive Committee Officers and Three New Members

Three book industry leaders have joined the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation board of directors. They bring a variety of experience, from store ownership and frontline bookselling to leading publishing houses. In addition, the board’s new executive committee is Chris Morrow, former owner of Northshire Bookstore, president; historical fiction author Jonathan Putnam, treasurer; and Calvin […]

Applications for Binc’s Business Incubator Program Open Jan. 8, 2024

Applications for the first cohort of BincTank, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s bookstore business incubator program, will open Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, and close Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. The program will support new BIPOC-owned retail bookselling businesses that are physically located in their community. The application will be available at Bookmobiles, pop-up stores and […]

Binc Year-End Campaign Continues with Giving Tuesday Opportunity for Donors to Double Their Gift and Renewed Sense of Urgency

The number of book and comic people needing help this year has already surpassed the total number of financial assistance grants in all of 2022 and there are still six weeks to go. The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s year-end campaign, Read Love Support, needs to raise $150,000 before Dec. 31, 2023, to ensure it […]

You Are Helping a Family Fight Cancer

Various colors of ribbons for Cancer

All their carefully built plans for the future came to a halt when Carla* heard those two little words: “It’s cancer.” Instead of adding to their savings account, they watched it drain away thanks to the copays, tests, and unpaid time off to attend appointment after appointment. The money that had been put aside for […]

Binc Launches Year-End Campaign with $15,000 Match and Free Audiobooks Thanks to Industry Partners

The need for emergency financial assistance within the bookstore and comic shop community continues to grow, both in the size and the quantity of grants, and the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is kicking off its year-end campaign, Read Love Support, with a goal of raising $150,000 in donations before Dec. 31, 2023, to ensure […]

You Provide Access to Mental Health Services

Tensions are high everywhere, and book and comic shop owners and employees are not exempt. In the last month bookstore employees have experienced bomb threats and violent, or even armed, customers. Sadly, these occurrences aren’t likely to go away anytime soon. Some of these events make the local news, but many are not reported. Traumatic […]

Binc Announces Winner of Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

A Missouri bookseller has won the fifth Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists awarded by the Friends of Carla Gray Committee and the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. Riley Glissendorf from Stonecrest Book and Toy in Osage Beach, Missouri, will receive a year-long scholarship for professional development, which includes travel and hotel to attend Winter […]


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