Verna and I have dreamed about opening up a bookstore for several years but it wasn't until a little over a year ago, when we visited La Casa Azul Bookstore in New York when we actually started thinking it was possible. La Casa Azul was founded by Aurora Anaya Cerda who ran a 40K in 40 Days Campaign and successfully crowdfunded the first Latin American owned bookstore in El Bario in June 2012.
We loved the immense energy that Aurora brings to the work of being a bookseller in focus on literature from Latin American authors, work of feminists Afro-Latinos, and beautiful children's literature and how she challenges the idea of the bookseller as a passive role. The role of bookseller is a political one and can have a powerful role in creating pathways to knew discourse for communities.
It was after visiting there that we came back with a renewed passion to know longer wait for something to happen in our own community of North Minneapolis, but to make something happen. It's been a lot of work coming to this place, analyzing other local bookstores, thinking through the selection we would have available and the events that we would be hosting in our first year. Glad to have you all be a part of Ancestry Book's story.