Firestorm Books & Coffee will partner with Community Housing Coalition (CHC) of Madison County for its inaugural “Shopping for Shelter” fundraising event. Community members are invited to support CHC’s mission to facilitate healthy, safe, and affordable housing by buying a book or other item through the bookstore’s website during the first five days of March (3/1–3/5).
Although any purchase from Firestorm Books & Coffee will generate funds for Community Housing Coalition, the nonprofit has shared a list of recommended titles that can be found on the bookstore’s website. The full list—available at firestorm.coop/chc—includes regional nonfiction like Elizabeth Catte’s What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, titles that guide the work of CHC like Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts, and CHC staff favorites like Octavia E. Butler’s NYT bestselling science-fiction novel, Parable of the Sower.
Community Housing Coalition of Madison County is a non-profit agency that provides urgent home repairs to low-income residents in need of assistance. In 2020, CHC undertook 73 home repairs, made over 300 COVID-19 outreach calls, and oversaw 670 hours of volunteer labor to bring rural homes up to essential housing standards. chcmadisoncountync.org
Firestorm Books & Coffee is a thirteen year old collectively-owned bookstore and community event space at 610 Haywood Road. The co-op, known for its social movement-oriented book selection, has been hosting virtual events and offering contactless pickup options to local readers. firestorm.coop