Publishers Quarto Group and Tin House Books are both committing funding to causes supporting black rights and social justice in response to the civil unrest nationwide following the killling of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
On Twitter, Tin House announced that it donated $5,000 to Don't Shoot Portland and another $5,000 to National Bail Out. The donations, the publisher said, are directly in response "to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many other Black lives lost to police violence and state-sponsored, systemic white supremacy."
Coffee House Press in Minneapolis announced on Monday that it is donating 10% of all online book sales "indefinitely" to @NationalBailOut, which provides legal advice and funds to protesters who are arrested by police. It is a black-led collective of organizers, activists, and attorneys.
Quarto has reduced the cost of the e-book version of Tiffany Jewell's This Book is Anti-Racist to $2.99 for the next 30 days, to make its cost less prohibitive, and will donate 100% of its profits on the e-book to Black Lives Matter and Color of Change.
“From the earliest stages of acquisition and edits, this book has been an important project to our teams globally,” Quarto COO Ken Fund said in a statement. “Quarto has a history of publishing books for children that celebrate diversity, and with this book, we knew we wanted to be a part of starting important conversations. We recognize that access to resources and supporting the community is a deeply important piece of that as well.”