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In making the plans for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration a lot of ideas, details and options have been discussed. The one theme that they all have in common is the people, and more specifically the book people that made it all possible.
Becoming a Binc scholar isn’t easy – but those who have won scholarships in the past have a few things in common.
They want to work hard and invest in their future
Pursuing the career of your dreams through education is one way to invest in yourself and ensure that your job is something you will enjoy for a lifetime. Binc Scholars have pursued careers in tourism and travel management, graphic design and education knowing the fulfillment they will find in their chosen profession.
Each summer as the Binc Scholarship awards are announced we look forward to the thank you notes from recipients. The winners share stories of obstacles overcome, words of gratitude and dreams of reaching their goals. Their words serve as a reminder to all booksellers that a scholarship award from Binc can indeed open new doors to the future.
From October 9 – 11 independent booksellers from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) came together for a weekend of industry education, inspiring authors, and of course books, during the 4th annual Heartland Fall Forum. The underlying theme of the weekend was an appreciation of the work that indie booksellers do and the dedication they have for literature and the industry.
Over the weekend booksellers from the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) gathered in Somerset, NY to celebrate books, authors and each other despite the threat of a hurricane. At each event speakers fed off each other’s creativity and wit entertaining booksellers with tales of genius, silly missteps and even singing!
Independent booksellers across the country are invited to submit personal essays for a nine-book series of regional paperbacks to be published by Unbridled Books with printing support by McNaughton & Gunn and edited by Carl Lennertz of ExpressEdit.net.
“I am so excited that Unbridled and McNaughton & Gunn see the joy of supporting a vehicle for bookseller authors to be published, as well as supporting a literacy cause.” – Carl Lennertz/ ExpressEdit.net
Ron Rice, editor of My Bookstore, will gather the essays for publication, and Bob Minzesheimer, formerly of USA Today (and now an indie bookseller), will write a foreword for each volume.
The books’ content will mirror the territories of the nine regional associations. One or two titles a year will be published, when a sufficient number of essays is received to produce a complete book. Essays should be about each bookseller’s unique experience in his or her current or home state — life, travels, observations — past or present. After design and production costs are recouped, remaining profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation.
“We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this exciting project. Thank you to everyone involved. This support will allow the Binc Foundation to continue helping booksellers across the nation who experience a personal financial crisis.” Pam French/Binc Foundation
For the series of books, submissions for essays shouldn’t necessarily be about bookstore life specifically, but about personal observations or life experiences a bookseller has had that embody their state and their place in them. A bookseller can write about any state they’ve lived in, not just where they currently reside. Send submissions in soon – everyone is anxious to get book one into your bookstore quickly!
“Greg and I have always admired independent booksellers and we love publishing diverse voices from around the country, so this is a natural for us.” – Fred Ramey/Unbridled Press
If you are a bookseller with a penchant for writing, see how you can submit your essay here.