by Alex Garland
After weeks of protests, the Washington Department of Corrections lifted a ban on used books that had been quietly implemented in mid-March. The ban blocked nonprofits who sent books to prisoners. The policy reversal followed an onslaught of news coverage, including a report from the Seattle Times that found that the DOC’s claims that the books were used to transport contraband were untrue.
Continue reading DOC Ended the Book Ban, but the Media Celebrated Too Soon
by Maya Leshikar
Larin McLaughlin has always worked with diverse books at the University of Washington Press, but she’s noticed her peers in the publishing world don’t always represent the variety of what is published.
Continue reading UW Press Diversifies Staff with $1.2 Million Grant
by Carolyn Bick
When Vickie Williams died in 2017 of a pericardial effusion, her godson, Hassan Messiah El, slid into the role of managing L.E.M.S. Bookstore, the last Black-owned bookstore in the Pacific Northwest that’s focused on the African Diaspora.
But things weren’t easy financially, and Messiah El found himself struggling to make ends meet at the bookstore, while juggling a family and two other jobs as an actor and ecommerce merchant on Amazon.
Continue reading Fundraiser for L.E.M.S. Bookstore Surpasses $40,000
by Susan Fried
Twenty authors, publishers, an online book store and several other vendors greeted more than 400 visitors to the 3rd Urban Book Expo August 26th at the Centilia Cultural Center. Attendees could talk directly with the authors, learn about publishing opportunities and listen to the writers and poets read from their works.
Continue reading Urban Book Expo holds up local fiction, poetry and memoir for third year