Awesome Books Pittsburgh

Help this local, independently owned and operated bookstore raise money for heaters and local publishing needs.
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Laura Jean McLaughlin
Small Business
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania
United States
3 Team Members

Awesome Books is an artist-run independent bookstore, selling new and used books, that opened in February 2010 in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.  Filling a void caused by the closure of Border’s and Barnes and Noble stores in the area, Awesome Books opened their second store in Downtown Pittsburgh in Jan. 2012, as part of a Pop Up program initiated by Mayor Ravenstahl’s office.  After a year downtown, Awesome Books has decided to stay, although the space we are renting has no HVAC system.  We are using this Indiegogo campaign to get a few bigger space heaters for this winter.  We are also raising money to continue publishing poetry and art books – you can check out our publications at www.LascauxEditions.com.  Our latest book, Jimmy Cvetic’s Dog Unleashed, was released at the Warhol Museum, as part of a fundraiser for  Jimmy’s boxing gyms.  Cvetic, a former police officer, was recently interviewed by NPR, and has read his poetry on the radio in New York, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh.  His latest work was featured in several Best of Small Press 2012 listings.  Funding will also be used for acquiring more books for the store from a wider base of publishers - we are constantly expanding our inventory to include more and more new books.  Being able to increase our stock will provide a more solid foundation for our future.  We would also like to acquire software to keep track of our stock, and to get a scanner.  If Santa is really good this year, we would also like to get a security system of some kind, because, believe it or not, people downtown like to shoplift, even at an independent bookstore!  Your “contribution” will be matched with a gift certificate – we aren’t looking for charity, we are just inviting you to be an Awesome Books customer.  You can also choose from a variety of perks, such as hand-printed bookmarks, limited edition prints, original portraits or ceramics by Laura Jean McLaughlin and Bob Ziller. (You can check out our artwork at www.LauraJeanMcLaughlin.com and www.BobZiller.com ).

 We sincerely appreciate your support for independent bookstores!

Thank you!

 Bob Ziller and Laura Jean McLaughlin

Co-owners Laura Jean McLaughlin and Bob Ziller not long after the Awesome Books Downtown opened.  Photo by Joey Kennedy.

 Emily Dickinson

Oil pastel portrait of St. Emily Dickinson by Bob Ziller.  Check out more portraits by Bob at http://www.bobziller.com.  

  Teapot by Laura Jean McLaughlin

 One of a kind Teapot by Laura Jean McLaughlin.  Check out other teapots at http://www.laurajeanmclaughlin.com.  

 

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$3,007USD
raised by 78 people in 1 month
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$5,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 11, 2013
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  • $10USD
    The Mojo

    This limited edition of 50 linoleum print bookmarks by Laura Jean McLaughlin on archival rice paper

    16 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $25USD
    The Cupcake Slim

    A $25 Gift Certificate for Awesome Books, or a signed copy of any Lascaux Editions book.

    17 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $35USD
    Awesome Books Tee Shirt

    A huge thank you and a cotton tee shirt with an original linocut image of Awesome Books logo by Laura Jean McLaughlin.

    15 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $50USD
    The Molly Olly Omelet

    $50 in Gift Certificates for use at either Awesome Books location, or a $25 Gift Certificate and a signed copy of any Lascaux Editions book.

    5 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $100USD
    The Jasper

    $100 in Gift Certificates for Awesome Books, or a limited edition (12 inch x 16 inch) hand-printed, limited edition, linoleum print by Laura Jean McLaughlin, http://www.laurajeanmclaughlin.com, or a (24 inch X 36 inch) archival print by Bob Ziller., http://www.bobziller@gmail.com

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $250USD
    The Pearl

    $250 in Gift Certificates or an archival print (24 inch x 36 inch) by Bob Ziller with $150 in Gift Certificates, or a hand-printed Limited Edition (22 inch x 30inch) linoleum print by Laura Jean Mclaughlin and $150 in Gift Certificates.

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $500USD
    The Bella

    A portrait in oil pastel (24in x 36 inch) by artist Bob Ziller. You can check out his artwork at http://www.bobziller.com

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $750USD
    The Pablo

    $750 in Gift Certificates or a teapot by Laura Jean McLaughlin. You can see her artwork at http://laurajeanmclaughlin.com/teapots/

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $1,000USD
    The Audrey

    $500 in Gift Certificates and a portrait by Bob Ziller, plus a handcarved ceramic platter by Laura Jean McLaughlin

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $1,200USD
    The Atwood or Chabon

    A Signed, First Edition copy of THE HANDMAID'S TALE, by Margaret Atwood. Fine condition with dust jacket. Or, a Signed, First Edition copy of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, by Michael Chabon. Fine condition with dust jacket.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $1,500USD
    The Saroyan

    A Signed, First Edition copy of THE DARING YOUNG MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE, by William Saroyan. Good condition with Gold leaf on cover. No dust Jacket.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $2,000USD
    The Warhol

    A Signed, First Edition copy of THE PHILOSOPHY OF ANDY WARHOL (FROM A TO B & BACK AGAIN). Good condition with original dust jacket.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
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