August 16, 2010 - Ann Arbor,
MI--Dzanc Books is excited to announce a new program, the Dzanc Books
Independent Bookstore Program, which has Dzanc working in conjunction with one
or two independent bookstores each month (from
the 15th—with a slightly delayed start this month—through the 15th,
coinciding with our monthly online journal, The Collagist, to move forward with our mission of promoting literary fiction.
There was great interest during the month of July, where we at Dzanc donated
books to many schools and libraries when provided proof of purchases of books
bought at an independent bookstore. We have decided to continue
this offer. We believe that by focusing on one or two bookstores each
month, with the help of their cross-promotion, that we will be able to help
inspire sales within the indie bookstore community of not only Dzanc books but
all great books, while at the same time drawing attention to the many
charitable programs Dzanc Books sponsors and runs, including our Dzanc Writer
in Residence Programs and the Dzanc Prize, which the purchase of our books,
and/or usage of our Dzanc Creative Writing
Sessions helps our ability to sustain and advance these programs across the
The first store to celebrate this program with Dzanc Books will be the RiverRun
Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. There are two main aspects to the program:
1) Dzanc Books will continue the donating of a title from our catalog, or
one of our imprints. The patron of RiverRun Bookstore will inform us of
the library to which the donation will be made. Dzanc Books has created
fliers that have a simple form to fill out and send to us with the receipt,
showing that the book was purchased during the correct dates, and was for a
book of literary fiction from RiverRun Bookstore. The books do NOT need
to have been published by Dzanc or our imprints.
2) RiverRun Bookstore, along with promoting the donation of books, will
also promote the Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions, our extremely inexpensive and
successful writer mentoring program. For every order to the DCWS placed
by a writer that notes on their order that they were sent our way by
RiverRun, Dzanc will donate $5 to Seacoast Local, a non-profit based near the
bookstore that promotes that people think local first when it comes to their
money and time spent. Dzanc Books will make this donation in RiverRun
Bookstore's name in one sum at the end of the month.
Throughout the future of the Dzanc Independent Bookstore Program it is our goal
to promote shopping at independent bookstores, develop better relationships
with the stores we'll be working with, promote literary
fiction, help writers via our DCWS program, and to donate both books to
libraries, as well as money to worthwhile non-profits local to the bookstores
we are working with. Dzanc Books strongly believes that every single one
of these aspects is vital. Interested bookstores should email Dzanc Books
Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and champion those writers
who don’t fit neatly into the marketing niches of for-profit presses. As a
non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc Books not only publishes literary
fiction, but runs inexpensive online mentoring programs, and sponsors the Dzanc
Prize which has a literary community service aspect to it.Dzanc also fully committed to developing
educational programs in schools. For more information on Dzanc Books and its
mission, books, authors, awards, and programs, please visit www.dzancbooks.org.
It's taken much longer than expected, and we had to jump through a few more hoops than we believed we'd need to, but as of today, Dzanc Books is officially an exempt, 501(c)3, organization in the eyes of the IRS.
So, all of you fine folks who were holding onto your potential donations, just waiting until you knew for sure that yours would be a tax-deductible donation? You may proceed!
Dzanc Books 1334 Woodbourne Street Westland, MI 48186
All donations will receive a receipt with the Dzanc Books EIN number as quickly as possible for your tax records.
All donations will also be greatly appreciated, not only by Dzanc Books, but by the students who will find Writers in Residence programs at their schools, by literary journals we're able to help, by authors who find themselves being published, or paid to spend a day a week teaching children about reading and writing.