Monday, May 14, 2007

NIBM: Bookseller of the Year Nominations

I know you've all been waiting in breathless anticipation for more information on how to get involved with with National Independent Bookseller, and here it is.

To help celebrate this month devoted to indie bookstores, we thought it would be fun to have people nominate their favorite independent bookseller for the National Independent Bookseller of the Year Award.

We all have stories of that special bookseller who introduced us to our favorite author, or put that amazing book in our child's hand that got them to read, or who was instrumental in promoting our book with their customers--whatever the reason, tell us about it!

In the comments below, in a 100 words or less, tell us why your favorite independent bookseller should be bookseller of the year.

The entries will be judged by an independent panel, and the winning bookseller will have their bio and picture posted, and they'll win dinner at their favorite restaurant!


Mary Hershey said...

Well, I don't need a second invitation for this! I hereby nominate Jody Fickes-Shapiro, recently retired from the Adventures for Kids bookstore in Ventura, California as Independent Bookseller of the Year for her endless passion, enthusiasm, generosity, brilliance, and committment to children and reading. Jody's love of excellence in literature
is infectious, contagious, and
nearly beyond description. If there is an Independent Bookstore in Heaven, the Holy She will be recruiting Jody.

Mary Hershey

Anonymous said...

Kris Vreeland at Vroman's Bookstore. Not only is she brilliant at matching the right book with the right kid and making sure that underappreciated books get their day in the sun, but Kris has found amazing ways to reach out to all kids in the Pasadena area by creating themed storytimes, game nights, reading groups, and workshops for all age levels. She even does sign language translations at some of the store's author events!

Linda Urban

Anonymous said...

I nominate Mike Russo, of Russo's Books at the Marketplace in Bakersfield for the honor. Not only does he support authors by allowing critique groups to meet at his store, he's very supportive of local authors and has a top ten list of bestselling local authors. In addition, Mike works tirelessly with our reading association to order thousands of books each year for our authors fair. He also holds the best darn Harry Potter release parties in the county! Long live all the independent booksellers!
Rebecca Langston-George