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We can’t thank you enough for all of your kind words of encouragement and your generous contributions to our crowdfunding project on With your support, we collected over $3,000 for the little bookstore that could fund! The final day to contribute through Rockethub was April 14th, but many of you have asked if it’s still possible to participate in the fundraiser. Yes, yes, yes, and thank you!! We will happily accept checks made payable to Afterwords Books (addressed to 232 S Buchanan ST, Edwardsville, IL 62025) and pool all contributions with those collected thus far. AND because we don’t want your kindness and generosity to go unnoticed, you’re still eligible for all reward/incentives as outlined in the Rockethub project!!


We’re working hard to meet the demands of the city in order to become ADA compliant and honor all required ordinances. At the same time, we’ve been busy building bookshelves to fit snugly into the new space, unpacking boxes and boxes of books, taking stock of inventory, painting, and creatively stretching those dollars as far as they will go toward our vision for making your bookstore a place you will want to visit again and again!

Our signage is in the works and we’re looking forward to the anticipated installation of the new Afterwords Books sign in about three weeks. Many have asked about volunteer opportunities and we’re thinking a “housewarming” party may be on the horizon to be ready to open our doors wide and warmly welcome all of you on Saturday, May 18th! Stay tuned for further details….

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