Ancestry Books coming to north Minneapolis this summer
Chaun Webster and Verna Wong in front of what will be their new bookstore
Photo by Connie Beckers
North Minneapolis is getting a new bookstore care of Chaun Webster, director of Free Poet's Press, and his wife, Verna Wong, a teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The two have signed a 16-month lease at 2205 Lowry Avenue, between Northland Hardware and Lowry Café (the space previously housed Goddess of Glass). They hope to be up and running by the time school gets out in June. The duo are currently fundraising for the store, which will be called Ancestry Books, through a Kickstarter campaign that ends March 8.
Last summer, Free Poet's Press partnered with the Cleveland Neighborhood Association for the Cleveland Critical Literacy Project, which made literature by underrepresented authors available to the community by setting up free library houses (similar to Little Free Libraries) outside of neighbors' homes. The idea behind the project, much like Ancestry Books, was to provide access to literature that's not commonly available in libraries or bookstores.
Photo by Verna Wong
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