A Shared Commitment To A Better World

As we continue to battle the impact of COVID-19, I hope that you’re looking after yourselves and your families and taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe. It is precisely during times like these when we most need literature to soothe our souls, lift our spirits, cheer us up, and remind us of our humanity.

As an independent publishing house, we have always felt that we have an important role to play in society and in making the world a better place. Here’s a rundown of just a few of the small contributions we are able to make—with your generous support—to help people in need:

• In 2016, the cookbook Soup for Syria: Recipes that Celebrate Our Shared Humanity by Barbara Abdeni Massaad raised over $520,000.00 for food and medical relief to Syrian refugees. 

• In 2017, we donated a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Palestine on a Plate ($13,500.00) to help restore a children’s center run by the Nablus-based Palestinian House of Friendship. We are still donating from the sales and remain $11,500.00 short of our goal.

• In 2018, to counteract Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, we published The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes that Make America Great by Leyla Moushabeck and donated $25,295.00 to the ACLU’s Immigrant’s Rights Project. We are continuing to donate from the sales of the book.

• In 2019, we donated 1000 children’s books to Boblioceiba, a Puerto Rican nonprofit educational organization supplying books to schools and libraries destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

• We’ll soon be announcing our 2020 initiatives—watch this space! 

Today, your purchases of Interlink books are our lifeline. We are offering free delivery on online orders from www.interlinkbooks.com. You will not only get books faster, but you will be helping a 33-year-old independent publishing house keep doing important work without having to lay off its dedicated staff. Below are my picks for this week.

Thank you for your unwavering support. Please stay healthy and safe.

Michel Moushabeck
Publisher/Editor

Stay Safe. Keep Interlink Alive: Order Books Online with Free Delivery

Our hearts and minds are preoccupied and heavy with uncertainty. We see places of worship without worshipers, airports without passengers, grocery stores without groceries, and, yes, bookstores without book lovers. The economic fallout from this pandemic and its impact on indie publishers and booksellers is incalculable. But life must go on despite the virus. And independent booksellers and publishers need your love and support now more than ever before. Large corporations may receive government bailouts; indie publishers will have a tough time surviving and may fold. In short, all we have is YOU, our readers, friends, and longtime supporters. So while you are social-distancing at home, please order your books online from our website. We guarantee FREE DELIVERY and shipment within 24 hours—as quickly as we can while keeping our staff safe.

During these difficult times, we hope you’ll find shelter and inspiration in literature. Below, you can browse new titles for your coronavirus lockdown reading pleasure. We will beat this nasty virus with love, friendship, connectedness, good food, and great books. The written word, printed books, and indie publishers and booksellers will survive. You can help by:

• Signing up for our weekly e-newsletter and following us on social media
• Visiting www.interlinkbooks.com and reading about our latest books
• Ordering books online, and telling family and friends to do the same
• Calling your senator and representative and asking them to do everything they can to support small businesses

Be safe and well. Thank you for your support.

Michel Moushabeck
Publisher/Editor

Consume Books Not Bleach: Launching Interlink eGift Cards!

While our “very stable genius” in the White House keeps getting more outrageous with his daily pandemic-solving ideas, more and more people are dying every day and a staggering number of small family businesses like ours may perish as a result. This makes me very angry.

I hope that you share my view that books and indie publishers are essential. We are enormously grateful to YOU, our readers and longtime supporters, for all the love—and online orders. We are still offering free shipping throughout the lockdown period so please spread the word.

We are also excited to let you know that you can now purchase eGift cards from our website. Not sure what to give your mom for Mother’s Day? Why not an Interlink eGift card so she could select for herself what she’d like to read? Whether you’re looking for a birthday gift, graduation gift, holiday gift—or a gift for any other occasion—the Interlink eGift card is perfect and easy to purchase from our homepage. It can be used at any time for book purchases from our website. And you’ll be helping us get through this unexpected hardship and continue our publishing program so we can bring you the books you’ve come to expect from us.

Heartfelt wishes from all of us at Interlink that you and your loved ones are safe and well. We thank you so much for your unwavering support during these troubling times. 

 

Our Heartfelt Thanks and a Call for Help

Heartfelt thanks to all of you who came through for us and ordered books online. We are grateful to have such an incredibly caring and responsive community. And I very much appreciated your e-mail messages of support telling me how much you value the work that we do at Interlink. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in unforeseeable ways, and our thoughts are with those who are experiencing greater hardships and challenges both physically and economically.

 

For nearly 35 years, Interlink Publishing has been at the forefront of independent publishing, introducing readers to leading novelists from the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America; publishing cutting-edge, socially responsible nonfiction that challenged the norm; and bringing you award-winning cookbooks and multicultural picture books for children from around the world.

 

The pandemic has brought all of this to a grinding halt. Bookstores are closed; Amazon has put a hold on book orders to prioritize household goods; bookstore orders of our spring/summer titles, which have just been delivered to our warehouse, have canceled; and members of my staff are at risk of losing their jobs.

 

While we are experiencing the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced, we’re hitting it with all we’ve got. My staff and I are firm believers in the power of solidarity, especially the strong bonds that tie book lovers together. But our plan to survive and our ability to keep going without having to lay off any of our dedicated staff—or fold altogether—will largely depend on YOU, our readers and supporters. So please visit our website, check out our latest releases, and place a book order now. There are books that will inform and inspire you, keep you entertained under lockdown, or transport you to a faraway place while you’re unable to travel. Why not send a book to a loved one you are missing and unable to see? We are offering free delivery on all US orders. 

 

Be safe and well. And thank you for your continued support.