The American Booksellers Association today announced the names of 23 Publisher Partners that are sponsoring bookseller scholarships to its Fourth Annual Winter Institute (Wi4). The scholarships will cover the cost of reasonable transportation and up to a three-night stay at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown, the host hotel for Wi4. The comprehensive ABA education program, sponsored by Ingram Book Company/Ingram Publisher Services, will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Thursday, January 29, through Sunday, February 1, 2009, and is open exclusively to booksellers at ABA member stores and to provisional members.
Publisher Partners sponsoring scholarships to Wi4 are:
| Beacon Press
Disney Book Group
Hachette Book Group
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Literary Ventures Fund
Penguin Young Readers Group
Simon & Schuster
"We extend sincere thanks to the publishers who will make it possible for 23 of our members to attend the upcoming Winter Institute," said ABA Senior Director of Publisher Initiatives Mark Nichols, "and look forward to announcing the scholarship recipients. We hope all ABA members will join us in thanking the publishers in person in January in Salt Lake."
The owners and staff at ABA member bookstores may enter their names in the scholarship drawing by sending an e-mail to Wi4@bookweb.org by Friday, October 17. The e-mail must say "Wi4 Scholarship" in the subject line, and the body of the e-mail must include the bookstore's name and the bookseller's name and contact information. Booksellers who enter the raffle for a free trip to Wi4 by dropping off a business card at the ABA booth at any one of the nine regional trade shows will also automatically be entered in the scholarship drawing. Scholarship winners will be chosen at random and will be announced in Bookselling This Week by the end of October.
This week, Ingram Book Company/Ingram Publisher Services also announced its sponsorship of six Winter Institute scholarships for emerging leaders.
Registration for Wi4 is capped at 500, and spaces are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The event registration deadline is November 21.
ABA has negotiated a special room rate of $122 per night at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown for Wednesday, January 28, through Sunday, February 1, exclusively for ABA bookstore and provisional members. The special rate is available until Monday, January 5, or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. All hotel reservations must be made through the hotel (a link to the hotel's special Wi4 reservations web page is here and on BookWeb.org). --Rosemary Hawkins