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Sunday Reads:  Cool Bookshops you should know!

Sunday Reads:  Cool Bookshops you should know!

This is BookLove:

BookLove is an online bookshop curating and showcasing and bringing together the best multicultural content the world of arts has to offer… The Travelling Multicultural Book Carnival.

New and exciting children’s’ books, young adult fiction, art, stationery, fashion, toys and so much more – all with one focus – to positively portray the beautiful multicultural world around us.

‘Book Love’ takes you on a journey of discovery, where those that don’t see themselves – find themselves…

‘Book Love’ have made it our mission to change this AND to change the narrative and the Travelling Multicultural Book Carnival is spreading the ‘Book Love’. Created an online shop to bring as much multicultural content and books in to one place.

New Beacon Books:

Established in 1966, New Beacon Books is the only remaining independent Black publishing and bookselling entity in the UK.

New Beacon was the UK’s first black publisher, specialist bookshop and international book distributor. For over 50 years New Beacon Books has made available to Britain and its communities, poetry, literature, non-fiction, history and children’s books from Africa, Caribbean, Asia, African America, Europe, South America and Black Britain.

It covers a range of genres from fiction and non-fiction to poetry and children’s books, all from Africa, Caribbean, Asia, African America, Europe, South America and Britain.

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African Books Collective:

African Books Collective (ABC) is an African owned, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa  – scholarly, literature and children’s books.

Also run the website which profiles the work of African publishers and books.

Buy African-published books online here for immediate shipping worldwide. Your one-stop shop for African books, African writers and African scholarship.

African Books Collective is a non-profit distribution collective owned by publishers on the continent.

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Jacaranda Books is an award-winning, Black-owned independent publisher and bookseller. Founded by Valerie Brandes in 2012, passionately run from top to bottom by talented women of colour with the aim of promoting and celebrating inclusivity and diversity in the publishing industry.

Jacaranda are committed to publishing ground-breaking writing with a dedication to creating space on the bookshelf for diverse ideas and writers.

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Afrori Books:

Afrori begun for the sole purpose to make it easier for people find books written by black authors. Dedicating their online platform and bookstore to black talented writers.

Afrori books is an extensive online bookshop that specialises in books by Black authors, with one of the biggest selections available to order in the UK.

Afrori Books created a bookstore with the largest wholesaler in the country offering their customers one of the biggest selection of books by black authors in one place.

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Serendipity is a Black-led arts organisation and based in Leicester which also publishes several titles a year focusing on Black arts, heritage and cultural politics, including BlackInk, which is a new magazine of international voices from across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and indigenous communities.

Serendipity – Institute for Black Arts and Heritage, Leicester.  Serendipity’s mission is to centre perspectives from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, embedded as part of cultural experiences for all.

Hosting a growing living archive documenting Black arts, heritage and culture, publishing the voices of Black arts practitioners and community activists, nurturing artists to create high quality new work and mentoring young people.

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Black Cultural Archives:

Black Cultural Archives is a library, exhibition space, cafe and shop which dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

The archives stocks both fiction and non-fiction books focused on Black British history and experiences and is known to be a simply wonderful place to spend time and enrich your mind.

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Pepukayi’s Books

Pepukayi Books specialises in African-centred books and fostering a space for learning and celebration of African culture in the UK to support the Black community.

It usually sits within The Maa Maat Cultural Centre,  but you can buy a of selection books online, too.

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Round Table Books:

An inclusion-led bookshop selling books for every reader, in the heart of Brixton, London.

ROUND TABLE BOOKS exists to celebrate underrepresented children’s books, writers and illustrators. Curate and stock books from the widest variety of UK and Irish publishers possible.

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No Ordinary Books:

No Ordinary Book Shop is an online bookstore committed to selling books for and about black, mixed race, and dual heritage children; and to promote harmony and understanding to anyone who wants to learn about different cultures.

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