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Charlie Jane Anders

We’re excited to feature Charlie Jane Anders as a Bookstore Champion! A writer, organizer, and host, Anders uses her platform to support bookstores locally and beyond. She helped to spearhead We Love Bookstores, an initiative to help Bay Area-bookstores survive quarantine with virtual events featuring writers in conversation. In addition to writing Locus- and Nebula-award–winning sci-fi novels, Anders is adapting an acclaimed graphic novel for TV and co-hosts the Hugo-award–winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.

Bookstore Champions receive a year’s supply of audiobooks, gear, and are celebrated for their advocacy across channels.

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“For as long as I can remember, browsing inside a bookstore has been one of the most pleasurable and soothing activities I can possibly imagine.

But more than that, bookstores are the heart of our literary communities, and they help to define the character of the neighborhoods, towns and cities where they are located.”

Charlie Jane Anders

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Charlie Jane Anders rallies fellow authors to rescue the Bay Area’s well-loved bookstores

Local News Matters

“A neighborhood without a bookstore is a sad place,” fiction writer Charlie Jane Anders tells me. “Everything else feels grayer and less like a real neighborhood.”

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Charlie Jane Anders on Supporting Bookstores, and Ourselves, During Coronavirus

The Portalist

Charlie Jane Anders has written award-winning speculative fiction about global disasters. Now, like the rest of us, she is living through one.

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Literary First Responders: Bay Area Authors Ensure Neighborhood Bookstores' Survival


With retail businesses recently allowed to open for curbside pickup, bookstores all around the Bay Area began announcing their sidewalk fulfillment systems. But as any aficionado of these havens of literature knows, some of the best book purchases come from the serendipity of leisurely browsing the shelves, behavior not yet sanctioned by public health directives. And with many independent bookstores already operating on paper-thin margins, their future feels more precarious than ever.

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The Bookstore Champions award recognizes individuals who actively advocate for local bookstores through their platforms, influence, and contributions.

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