Common Language to hold fundraiser to keep its doors open

By |2010-02-18T09:00:00-05:00February 18th, 2010|Entertainment|

Common Language LGBT bookstore in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district isn’t the last bookstore standing – but it’s one of a dwindling few bookstores that caters specifically to the LGBT community, providing media that appeals specifically to that group, including many books, calendars and other things that can’t be found at the local Border’s Books.
The bookstore, located in Braun Court and owned by autBar proprietors Keith Orr and Martin Contreras, has been in the news and in the community eye for its economic pain. Orr and Contreras, which almost closed Common Language due to financial woes, have worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness about the “little LGBT bookstore that could.” Now, they’re furthering their efforts with The Last Bookstore Standing event, set to take place from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Shaut Cabaret and Gallery, located at 325 Braun Court in Ann Arbor.
The Last Bookstore Standing is a reception to benefit Common Language that aims to both raise awareness and funds, and also to honor noted LGBT authors. The event will feature food and beverages from the autBar, as well as a silent auction with various literary items. Books and other things up for aucion include donations from Christopher Rice, Ellen Hart, John Gress, Anthony Bidulka, Lori Lake, D.L. Line and many more.
Tickets for this event are $40, and are available at Common Language, or online at

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