Twenty-two lucky booksellers were recently informed that they were the recipients of publisher-sponsored scholarships to the American Booksellers Association's first annual Winter Institute. In addition, ABA announced the winner of its Emerging Leader Scholarship, awarded to a bookseller who has been in the business for less than two years and who shows a commitment to furthering the success of independent bookselling.
The scholarships cover booksellers' airfare and hotel expenses to attend ABA's free comprehensive education program to be held on January 26 and 27, 2006, at the Long Beach Hilton in Long Beach, California.
"We are very grateful to our Publisher Sponsors for providing funds for scholarships to the Winter Institute," said Mark Nichols, director of Book Sense Marketing. "This is a wonderful example of how publishers and booksellers can work together to increase their knowledge and awareness of the challenges and opportunities present in today's marketplace, and ABA is pleased to be able to facilitate that interaction."
The booksellers below join the winners of 10 scholarships previously awarded by ABA at the regional trade shows. Winners of both the publisher-sponsored scholarships and the scholarships awarded by ABA at the regionals were selected from booksellers who dropped off a business card at the ABA booth at each of the shows. The winner of ABA's Emerging Leader Scholarship was selected at random from nominations submitted by ABA member bookstore owners.
Emerging Leader Scholarship Winner
Sylla McClellan of Third Street Books in McMinnville, Oregon
Publisher-Sponsored Scholarship Winners
Bridget Rothenberger of Nomad Book House in Jackson, Michigan
Holly Meyers of The Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle
Denise Taylor of Shuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Joyce Moore of City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, North Carolina
Danny Givens of Givens Books in Lynchburg, Virginia
Mary Magers of Magers & Quinn in St. Paul, Minnesota
Penguin Group for Young Readers
Roberta Blanchard of Fairy Godmother Books in Washington, D.C.
Beth Puffer of Bank Street Books in New York, New York
Perseus Books Group
Lori Underwood of Hearthfire Books in Evergreen, Colorado
Bill Rickman of Island Bookstore in Duck, North Carolina
Laura Lucy of White Birch Books in Conway, New Hampshire
Theresa Grossman of Tuesday Books in Williamston, Michigan
Janet Bibeau of Storybook Cove in Hanover, Massachusetts
Linda Higham of Storyteller Bookstore in Lafayette Circle, California
Simon & Schuster
Andy Nettell of Arches Book Co. in Moab, Utah
Tova Bieser of Brown University Bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island
Katrina Pearson of Hearthside Books in Juneau, Alaska
Allison Reid of Diesel Bookstore in Malibu, California
Time Warner Book Group
Nancy Rutland of Bookworks in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Anna Kosak of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina
Greg Millard of Jackson's Books in Salem, Oregon
Elizabeth Sullivan of Book People in Austin, Texas