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Bestselling author uses a new bookstore to take a “Loudmouth” stance against censorship



Indianapolis, Indiana – In response to growing worries about censorship in literature, best-selling novelist Leah Johnson, noted for her works including “You Should See Me in a Crown,” is slated to open Loudmouth Books, a new independent bookstore in Indianapolis.

The big launch is scheduled for Saturday, coinciding with Banned Books Week, which takes place from Sunday through October 7.

Johnson used money from her book earnings and a GoFundMe campaign that surpassed its $10,000 target to raise $16,570 to finance the bookstore.

The goal of this project is to give voiceless authors and contentious literature a safe space in the face of tightening literary regulations.

The foundation of the store was prompted by changes in Indiana legislation, specifically a controversial new statute that primarily affects publications with LGBTQ+ themes.

By guaranteeing that readers have access to books that depict a variety of human experiences—even those that some may find too contentious—Johnson hopes to empower readers.

In addition to providing a venue for works that are prohibited, Loudmouth Books will host monthly activities like “Clear the Shelves,” which will give young readers free books.

The store will make a commitment to support underrepresented authors and voices by providing a haven while working to preserve a varied literary scene.

Despite acknowledging her lack of bookselling experience, Leah Johnson stated that she is committed to turning Loudmouth Books into a thriving literary destination. She has consulted industry professionals, such as Andy Hunter, CEO of, and has been inspired by independent bookshops in her community.

Johnson loved books, and the bookstore was meant to be a monument to his love of books, diversity, and the right to free speech. It is also perceived as a reaction to the contemporary difficulties encountered by writers whose writings capture the realities of underprivileged groups.

The goal of the store is very clear: to support underrepresented authors and create a space where a variety of narratives can flourish while fending off the increasing tide of literary repression.

The location of Loudmouth Books will be at 212 E. 16th St., which is to the east of Delaware Street. This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is its grand opening. In addition, during the opening from noon to 1 p.m., award-winning novelist Julian Winters will sign books.

In the Herron-Morton Place district of Indianapolis, browse the extensive book collection along with a variety of modest goods, including puzzles, tote bags, pop culture prayer candles made by local candlemaker Shisha Candles, mugs, and enamel pins.






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