Chuck and Dee Robinson, well-known booksellers long active in the industry, offer a large collection of first-edition titles, many of which are signed or inscribed; advanced reading copies; and reserve ephemera in a 10-day auction that will benefit Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc).
The auction will run from August 7 to August 16; Everyone can participate. All profits will be donated to Binc.
Binc is a non-profit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookseller community. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to over 9,000 families. Since March 2020, Binc has provided over $2.7 million to booksellers, bookstores and comic book stores impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Robinsons, who founded Village books in Bellingham, Washington, in 1980, were active in the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, where both served on the board of directors and Chuck Robinson was president. Dee Robinson has served on the Booksellers’ Advisory Council of the American Booksellers Association and has taught at several ABA bookseller schools. Chuck Robinson served on the ABA Board of Trustees for nine years, including two as Chairman, and taught at ABA schools in the United States and the First International School in Singapore.
Over the years, the Robinsons have collected signed first editions, signed first editions in slipcases, advanced reading copies (many signed and autographed), personally autographed book copies, and book-related ephemera. Among the items up for auction are copies signed or autographed by John Grisham, Dan Brown, Margaret Atwood, John Updike, Bob Hope, Cormac McCarthy, William Safire, Salman Rushdie, Condoleezza Rice, Chuck Palahniuk and many more. There’s also a signed letter from Jackie Kennedy Onassis and a medley of ephemera.
Chuck Robinson currently sits on Binc’s board of directors. In an earlier fundraising effort, he embarked on a cross-country bike ride that raised more than $22,000, some of which went to Binc.
For more information on the auction, contact Chuck Robinson. For more information on Binc, contact Executive Director Pam French.