Local bookshop puts race relations on display
A local bookshop is putting race relations on display, featuring books about racial injustice and racial reconciliation on a table to greet customers in an effort to start a conversation and create more awareness following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Fabled Bookshop & Cafe is calling the display "Be the Bridge" after the bestselling book with the same name about racial reconciliation by author Latasha Morrison.
"We know that reading a book is not the answer, but it could be the start," said Fabled Bookshop owner Alison Frenzel.
Frenzel said she got the idea to put all the books in one easy-to-find location after several customers began to order race related books within hours of the death of Floyd.
The books include everything from "Be the Bridge" to "White Fragility: why it's so hard for white people to talk about Racism," "Policing the Black Man" "and "The Central Park Five."
"I started seeing online orders come in Wednesday night and that prompted us to make the display that I felt was constructive and offered empathy and understanding," Frenzel said.
Frenzel said the display has been so popular with customers at least 7 or 8 books have sold out and many are having to be restocked throughout the day.
"Since we've had the display up we've had an incredible response from our community," she said. "We are working with our publishers to replenish our most popular books from this display and get them to our community as soon as possible."
Tuesday morning the bookshop opened with an additional similar display, only in the kids' section which showcased children's books about race inclusivity and autobiographical experiences.
"We have encouraged parents to ask "do you have people of color represented in reading material' as they're looking for things they can do to help," Frenzel said.
Fabled Bookshop & Cafe is open for business seven days a week at 215th South 4th St., and also takes online orders.