Join our campaign to increase access to books for individuals, particularly youth—including youth of color, rural and queer youth—who lack the resources and/or mobility to regularly patronize our bookstore.
Firestorm promotes book access by connecting individual funders with grassroots programs already working in our region to promote literacy and empowerment through reading. In doing so, we strive to elevate books that challenge popular narratives, feature authentic characters with diverse experiences and identities, and engage important real-world issues with bravery and nuance.
How It Works
In collaboration with grassroots partners, Firestorm identifies books needed by existing community programs. Our co-operative then works to identify individual donors to finance the acquisition of these books. The type and quantity of books is based on the specific requirements of each program.
100% of donations will be used to purchase books from our co-operative, with no funds used for administration.
Back the Campaign! $250–$1,000
In addition to accepting general support for We Back Books!, our co-op welcomes donors to back specific programs. Up to 25% of donations received in this manner may be used to acquire books for other programs that are under-supported.
Legal Books for Prisoners
Asheville Prison Books needs copies of Prisoners' Self-Help Litigation Manual and Barron's Law Dictionary to fill requests from incarcerated individuals. $500 buys eight copies of each.Back It! $250–$1,000
Diverse Books for Rural Youth
Rural Organizing and Resilience needs books with racial and social justice themes for its monthly book and clothing distribution program in Marshall. $500 buys thirty hardcover titles.Back It! $250–$1,000
Children's Books for Public Classrooms
Colorful Pages Project needs picture books that feature kids of color, written by authors of color and appropriate for 1st graders. $500 buys thirty hardcover titles.Back It! $250–$1,000
Art + Activism Books for Teens of Color
Word on the Street/La Voz de los Jovenes needs books in English and Spanish for a library available to young writers and artists. $500 buys thirty-five paperback titles.Back It! $250–$1,000
Spanish Books for Young Readers
RAICES needs books that strengthen the cultural identity of Latinx children in Buncombe County.Back It! $250–$1,000