Make America Read Again


What if you could spend a little bit of money to make sure that your favorite books from independent publishers—like Coffee House Press, Nouvella, Copper Canyon, Dorothy, and City Lights—turn up at your local bookstore?

Small Press Distribution, the tiny non-profit that makes sure your favorite indie books are stocked on store shelves, is holding a fundraiser in the form of a literary trivia contest: the first annual Battle of the Brains. And you can support their noble cause by donating to any of the teams that will be competing.

And I really want you to support the team called Make America Read Again. Because I’m on it, and the other members include Anisse Gross, a former Rumpus editor; Daniel Levin Becker of The Believer; Lydia Kiesling of The Millions; Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo; and Lauren Traetto of Vouched Books. Nobody is more literary or trivial than we are.

Believe in us. Believe in indie publishing. Spend a few bucks to make certain you continue to stumble across great books at your local bookstore. Let’s make America read again! Donate here.

Brian Hurley is the Publisher at Fiction Advocate and an executive editor at a book publishing start-up in the Bay Area. He used to be the Books Editor at The Rumpus and the linguistics editor at Oxford University Press. His writing has appeared in The Millions, Full Stop, and Electric Literature. More from this author →