Novelist Junot Diaz delivered a passionate appeal to readers on YouTube, urging them to donate to the Word Up Community Bookshop campaign on IndieGoGo.
The bookseller and community space in Washington Heights, New York City only has five days left to reach its goal of $60,000 on the fundraising site.
Here’s more from Diaz: “The pressure is immense. These folks have a lot on the line, they are almost all volunteers and they are doing this out of love. If we can get them the money by this Sunday, it will not only mean that they will get the money from the campaign, but there’s also a matching grant out there. That little money we are going to spend is going to be of enormous and endless benefit for a beloved community that doesn’t have enough art space, that doesn’t have enough literary space–without which, I don’t think we can be complete.”