55 Winter Institute Scholarship Winners Named

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This week, the American Booksellers Association announced the winners of 55 scholarships to the January 2014 Winter Institute in Seattle. Forty-nine of the scholarships have been awarded to booksellers by the Winter Institute’s publisher sponsors.

“Once again, publishers have demonstrated their commitment to independent bookselling by sending a record-breaking number of scholarship recipients to the Winter Institute,” said ABA Development Officer Mark Nichols. “We hope all of our members will join us in thanking them for their continuing support.”

Additionally, five ABA members have been awarded scholarships by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to booksellers since 1996. And ABA has named the recipient of its Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship, awarded to a store that participated in the 2013 ABACUS Survey.

A scholarship awarded by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association in memory of Glenn Goldman was previously announced.

Publisher-sponsored Winter Institute scholarships cover the conference fee, up to four nights plus tax at the Westin Seattle at the special ABA rate, and transportation costs up to $400.

The 2014 Winter Institute publisher-sponsored scholarship winners are:

Abrams: Sara Hines, Eight Cousins, Falmouth, MA

Algonquin Young Readers: Jennifer Green, Green Bean Books, Portland, OR

Andrews McMeel Publishing: Harvey Finkel, Clinton Book Shop, Clinton, NJ

Bloomsbury: Charlie Leonard, The Bookcase, Wayzata, MN

Candlewick Press: Amie Mechler-Hickson, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

Capstone Publishing: Dianne Edmonds, Linden Tree Children’s Books, Los Altos, CA

Charlesbridge/Creston Books: Jesse Minutaglio, Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, MN

Chronicle Books: Nicole Sullivan, BookBar, Denver, CO

Coffee House Press/Tin House Press: Wendy Hudson, Nantucket Book Partners, Nantucket, MA

Consortium: Kris Kleindeinst, Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO

Disney Publishing: Leslie Hawkins, Spellbound Children’s Books, Asheville, NC

Dzanc Books: Suzy Takacs, The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL

Egmont USA: Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Henry Holt: Todd Hulbert, Finally Found Books, Auburn, WA

Graywolf Press/Soho Press: Christie Olson Day, Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino, CA

Grove/Atlantic: Travis Smith, Books on the Square, Providence, RI

Hachette Book Group Adult: Stefani Beddingfield, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

Harlequin 1: Debbie Burke, Jan’s Paperbacks, Aloha, OR

Harlequin 2: Glenda Childs, Doylestown Bookshop, Doylestown, PA

HarperCollins Adult 1: Erin Caudill, The Booksellers on Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH

HarperCollins Adult 2: David Sandberg, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

HarperCollins Children’s Books: Mara Lyn Luther, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, MT

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: TBD

House of Anansi Press: Charles Wilder, Books on Broadway, Williston, ND

Ingram Content Group: Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Little, Brown Young Readers: Mary Alice Garber, Politics & Prose, Washington, DC

Lonely Planet: Sally McPherson, Broadway Books, Portland, OR

Macmillan Adult: Paul Ingram, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA

Macmillan Children’s Book Group: Karen Placentini, Fenton’s Open Book, Fenton, MI

Midpoint Trade Books: Bob Spear, The Book Barn, Leavenworth, KS

New Directions: James Mammone, Bookstore 1, Sarasota, FL

Oneworld Publications: Jack Wolcott, Grass Roots Books & Music, Corvallis, OR

Other Press: Jerry Brace, Brace Books & More, Ponca City, OK

Penguin Adult 1: Gary Robson, Red Lodge Books, Red Lodge, MT

Penguin Adult 2: Kelly Estep, Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY

Penguin Young Readers Group: Devin McDonald, Mr. Mopps Children’s Books, Berkeley, CA

Perseus Books Group/PGW: Kate Schlademan, Learned Owl Bookshop, Hudson, OH

Quercus: Cheri LeBlond, Mysteryscape, Overland Park, KS

Random House Adult: Rachel Cass, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA

Random House Children’s Books: Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY

Scholastic: Amanda Barillas, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop, La Verne, CA

Seven Stories Press/Steerforth Press: Tom Lowry, Lowry’s Books, Three Rivers, MI

Simon & Schuster Adult: Lisa Poole, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC

Simon & Schuster Children’s Books: Cinda Meister, BookSmart, Morgan Hill, CA

Sourcebooks: Jeremy Ellis, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

The New Press: Kevin Roberts, Azizi Books, Matteson, IL

W.W. Norton: Clark Mason, Vroman’s, Pasadena, CA

Wiley:  Sharon Hoshida, Granada Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Workman: Kappy Kling, Hearthfire Books, Evergreen, CO

Additional scholarships are being provided by the following:

Book Industry Charitable Foundation:

Valerie Welbourn, The Fountainhead Bookstore, Hendersonville, NC

Nancy Fanning, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach, DE

John Edwards, Explore Booksellers, Aspen, CO 

Alan Warren, City News, Cheyenne, WY 

Nathan Montoya, Village Lights Bookstore, Madison, IN

Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship (ABA/ABACUS):

Carol Spurling, BookPeople of Moscow, Moscow, ID

Glenn Goldman Booksellers Scholarship (SCIBA):

Kris Vreeland, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA

A Wi9 meet-and-greet for scholarship winners and their sponsors is planned for Wednesday evening, January 22, at the Westin Seattle.

There are currently waiting lists for both Winter Institute event registration and the host hotel, the Westin Seattle. Booksellers who have registered but are no longer planning to attend, as well as anyone who no longer needs their hotel reservations, are asked to contact ABA as soon as possible. Booksellers on the waiting lists will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis when cancellations are received.