78 Booksellers Awarded 2018 Winter Institute Scholarships

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Winter Institute 2018 logoThe American Booksellers Association has named 78 winners of scholarships to the January 2018 Winter Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. Sixty-seven of the scholarships have been awarded to booksellers by the Winter Institute’s publisher sponsors. Booksellers at all ABA member stores that did not receive a scholarship in the last two years were eligible to win a Winter Institute scholarship.

“We are enormously grateful for the generous support of our publisher sponsors, without whom the Winter Institute would not be possible,” said ABA Director of Development and Publisher Relations Matthew Zoni. “This year, we have more bookseller scholarship recipients attending than ever before, and we encourage all ABA members to join us in thanking our publisher sponsors for their ongoing commitment to independent bookselling.”

In addition to the recipients of publisher-sponsored scholarships, five ABA members will attend the institute on scholarships from the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) and five more will be there on scholarships courtesy of ABA. One of the ABA scholarships is in honor of the late Avin Mark Domnitz, ABA’s CEO from 1997 to 2009, and awarded to a bookseller at a store participating in this year’s ABACUS Survey.

Also, Candlewick Press has once again awarded a scholarship to a bookseller active in the Candlewick Handselling Indie Recognition Program (CHIRP).

Scholarships will cover the conference fee; up to four nights plus tax at the host hotel, the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel; and transportation costs up to $400.

Winter Institute 2018 Publisher-Sponsored Scholarship Recipients

  • Abrams: Renee Rettig, Books on B, Hayward, CA
  • Akashic/Red Hen Press: Nikki Silvestrini, Zenith Bookstore, Duluth, MN
  • Algonquin/AYR/Workman: Peter Albertelli, BookTowne, Manasquan, NJ
  • Andrews McMeel: Stephanie Gordon, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA
  • Baker & Taylor: Leah Dester, Bliss Books and Bindery, Stillwater, OK
  • Beacon/Seven Stories Press: Beth Stroh, Viewpoint Books, Columbus, IN
  • Biblioasis: Michelle Bear, Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds, WA
  • Blair/Red Wheel: Missy Couhig, The Conundrum, St. Francisville, LA
  • Bloomsbury: Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN
  • Candlewick: Christine Brenner, Read With Me Children’s Books & Art, Raleigh, NC
  • Capstone/Globe Pequot: Max Weber, The Book Cove, Pawling, NY
  • Catapult/Counterpoint: Grant Alden, CoffeeTree Books, Morehead, KY
  • Charlesbridge: Betsy Von Kerens, Bookworm of Omaha, Omaha, NE
  • Chronicle: Casey Gerken, Innisfree Bookshop, Meredith, NH
  • Coffee House/Tin House: Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books, Newton Centre, MA
  • Diamond Book Dist./Image Comics: Carrie Deming, The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra, NY
  • Disney: LeeAnna Weaver, Magic City Books, Tulsa, OK
  • Dundurn Press: Angel Schroeder, Sunrise Books, High Point, NC
  • ECW: Tildy Banker-Johnson, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA
  • ECW: Alex Snider, Queen Books, Toronto, ON
  • Europa Editions: Nicolle Sloane, Word After Word Books, Truckee, CA
  • Feminist Press/Verso Books: Celia Mattison, Milkweed Books, Minneapolis, MN
  • Graywolf: Selina Vallodolid, UC-San Diego Bookstore, La Jolla, CA
  • Grove/Atlantic: Milan Wilson-Robinson, Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN
  • Hachette: Molly Parent, Point Reyes Books, Point Reyes Station, CA
  • Hachette: Hilary Smith, Copperfield’s, Sebastopol, CA
  • Harlequin: Meredith Hylton, Indy Reads Books, Indianapolis, IN
  • Harlequin: Paula Foley, Folio Books, San Francisco, CA
  • HarperCollins Adult: Tamzin Malone, Main Street Books, Lafayette, IN
  • HarperCollins Adult: Ikwo Ntekim, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY
  • HarperCollins Children’s: Amy Kesler, Ada’s Technical Books and Café, Seattle, WA
  • HarperCollins Children’s: Kim Krug, Monkey See, Monkey Do, Buffalo, NY
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Kenny Sarfin, Books & Greetings, Northvale, NJ
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Danielle Bauter, Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Beach, CA
  • House of Anansi Press: Benjamin Rybeck, Brazos, Houston, TX
  • Ingram: Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
  • Ingram: Mary Jane Barnwell, Island Bookstore, Mackinaw City, MI
  • Ingram: Mary Rork-Watson, Plot Twist Bookstore, Ankeny, IA
  • Ingram: Ellen Richmond, Children’s Book Cellar, Waterville, ME
  • Lonely Planet: Julie Beddingfield, Inkwood Books, Haddonfield, NJ
  • Macmillan Adult: Michael Barnard, Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA
  • Macmillan Adult: Pam Stirling, East Bay Booksellers, Berkley, CA
  • Macmillan Children’s: Kristen Sandstrom, Apostle Islands Booksellers, Bayfield, WI
  • Melville House: Brenna Gomez, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
  • Midpoint Trade Books: Dusty Baker, Austy’s, Salem, IN
  • Milkweed Editions: Sally McPherson, Broadway Books, Portland, OR
  • New Directions: Jennifer Powell, Book Catapult, San Diego, CA
  • New York Review of Books: Elayna Trucker, Napa Bookmine, Napa, CA
  • Other Press: Kaci Aslamov, Herringbone Books, Redmond, OR
  • Oxford University Press: Jes Lukes, A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, Madison, WI
  • Parallax Press/Shambhala: Adam Lipman, Small World Books, Venice, CA
  • Penguin Group: Nick Buzanski, Book Culture, New York, NY
  • Penguin Young Readers: Kathy Detwiler, Buttonwood Books & Toys, Cohassett, MA
  • Quirk Books/Second Story Press: Lauren Stieren, Hearthfire Books and Treats, Evergreen, CO
  • Random House: Mackenzie Koffenberger, Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, CO
  • Random House Children’s: Debbie Scheller, A Likely Story Bookstore, Sykesville, MD
  • Rare Bird Books: Dan Ullom, Brick & Mortar Books, Redmond, WA
  • Scholastic: Shelley Lowe, Monkey and Dog Books, Fort Worth, TX
  • Simon & Schuster Adult: Conor Shields, Bunch of Grapes, Vineyard Haven, MA
  • Simon & Schuster Children’s: Emelie Burl, Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
  • Simon & Schuster Children’s: Stefani Kelley, The Book Nook, Brenham, TX
  • Soho Press: Amy Cooper, Barn Owl Books and Gifts, McCall, ID
  • Sourcebooks: Tara Smith, Brace Books & More, Ponca City, OK
  • Steerforth: Chris Bandy, Local Flavor Books, Boyne City, MI
  • Sterling Publishing Co.: John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA
  • The New Press: Katt Sutton, Rediscovered Books, Boise, ID
  • W.W. Norton: Chris La Tray, Fact and Fiction, Missoula, MT

Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) Scholarships

  • Keith Lewis, Bookie's, Chicago, IL
  • Robert Turner, Cafe Con Libros Press, Pomona, CA
  • Abby Gottwals, Gottwals Books, Warner Robins, GA
  • Mariana Calderon, Volumes Bookcafé, Chicago, IL
  • Chelsea Green, MyBookBox, Murphy, TX

American Booksellers Association Scholarships

  • Kimberlea Dungy, Lea’s Virtual Bookshop, West Bloomfield, MI
  • Emmanuel Abreu, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, New York, NY
  • Rio Cortez, Schomburg Shop, New York, NY
  • Vina Castillo, Kew & Willow Books, Queens, NY

ABA Avin Mark Domnitz/ABACUS Scholarship

  • Kari Meutsch, The Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, VT

Candlewick Handselling Indie Recognition Program (CHIRP)

  • Buffy Cummins, Second Star to the Right, Denver, CO

Meet-and-Greet for scholarship recipients and their sponsors is planned for Monday evening, January 22, at The Cadre, prior to the Wi13 Welcome Reception.

Winter Institute 13 registrants whose plans have changed are asked to notify the American Booksellers Association as soon as possible so booksellers on the event waitlist can take their places. Booksellers on the waitlist will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis if cancellations are received. Booksellers who are no longer planning to attend the institute are asked to e-mail cancellation@bookweb.org to cancel their event registration or to be removed from the event waitlist.

The 2018 Winter Institute will be held January 22–25 at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel and the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The institute is made possible by support from lead sponsor Ingram Content Group and from publishers large and small. Questions about Winter Institute can be addressed to winterinstitute@bookweb.org.