Bookselling Without Borders Scholarship Winners Announced

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Through the 2018 Bookselling Without Borders scholarship program, 12 independent booksellers from across the country will receive scholarships to visit one of three international book fairs this year: the Turin Book Fair in May, the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, and the Guadalajara International Book Fair in November.

More than 465 booksellers representing 261 bookstores in 44 states and the District of Columbia applied for this year’s scholarships,

The 2018 recipients are:

Turin Book Fair:

  • Nick Buzanski, Book Culture, New York, New York
  • Rachel Kaplan, Avid Bookshop, Athens, Georgia
  • Anna Thorn, Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC
  • Hans Weyandt, Milkweed Books, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frankfurt Book Fair:

  • Elliott batTzedek, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dylan Brown, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, California (winner of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Bookseller Prize, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office)
  • Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi
  • Adam Sonderberg, Seminary Co-op, Chicago, Illinois

Guadalajara International Book Fair:

  • Stefani Beddingfield, Inkwood Books, Tampa, Florida
  • Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon
  • Keaton Patterson, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Texas
  • Elisa Thomas, Cellar Door Books, Riverside, California

Independent publisher Europa Editions announced the creation of the Bookselling Without Borders scholarship last year, with the goal of connecting American booksellers with the international book community through a customized program of panel discussions; meetings with their international counterparts, authors, and publishers; and specially arranged tours and receptions.

The scholarship is supported by the three book fairs; Catapult, Europa Editions, Graywolf Press, The New Press, Other Press, Princeton University Press, Rutgers University Press, and Ingram; and more than 250 individual donors who made contributions via a Kickstarter campaign.