We have reached the end of our annual National Independent Bookseller Month, and I want to catch our collective breath and thank each of our Shrinking Violet Field Reporters for the outstanding job they did with their profiles. We have been all over the continent-- from Canada to Utah, Colorado to Texas and Alabama, Illinois and California. Whew! It has been such great fun hearing about each of these indies, their owners and staff, their philosophies and mission statements, and all the innovative community programs they offer. So, please join me in giving each of our stellar reporters-- Sherrie, Bonnie, Emily, Irene, Elizabeth, Mar'ce, and Yat-Yee --a cyber-standing-ovation! Stellar work, everyone!
Congratulations to our Field Reporter BONI ASHBURN whose name has been drawn from those that submitted a indie profile. Boni, you have a $50.00 Indie Bound gift card with your name on it to enjoy!
And, EMILY WING SMITH is the winner of our $100.00 Indie Bound gift card! Way to go, Emily. Emily's name was pulled from the raffle of all those readers that linked one of our Indie Profile posts to their blog or website. So thrilled for you, Emily!
In this Thursday's post, Robin will be making the BIG announcement-- WHO will be crowned our 2009 Independent SVP Bookseller of the Year? Former winners of the SVP crown include Kris Vreeland of Vroman's in Pasadena, California, and Alex Uhl of A Whale of a Tale Book Shoppe in Irvine, California. In addition to the much sought after title,
our new royalty will be given a generous gift certificate for dinner for two at their personal favorite restuarant, and we will be profiling them here shortly. It's a nailbiter, for sure! Do make sure you come on back Thursday for the results!