Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists Awarded to Kelsey Nolan of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, California

The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship committee—made up of seven representatives from across the book industry—has selected a scholarship winner from a pool of exceedingly qualified applicants. The committee used an anonymous application process to ensure their final choice was selected as fairly as possible. On the applicants, Carla Gray committee members, Jenna Johnson, MaryBeth Long, and Hannah Harlow said:

“All of the applicants showed a passion for books and paid tribute to their potential impact as booksellers. Their projects were innovative and deeply engaged, focused on finding new readers and ensuring access to books that improve readers’ lives, all while integrating bookstores even more fully into their communities. It was an incredible first crop of proposals that shared Carla’s indomitable spirit. We can’t wait to see what new brilliant projects will be proposed next year!”Kelsey Nolan, scholarship winner and Skylight Books events manager, will be using the $1000 grant to create a 4-6-week intern position. On the importance of building a staff that reflects the diversity of her community Nolan said, “We at Skylight Books have discussed at length how crucial it is to hire more diversely, and I believe that outreach, combined with the ability to pay, would be a fundamental way to implement an internship program to people of color as a way to introduce bookselling as a profession.” In her two-part plan, Nolan and Skylight will first focus on outreach then hire and train a bookseller from a historically marginalized community. Through outreach and a new paid internship program at Skylight Books, she hopes to begin to address the historic lack of diversity in bookselling.

As part of the scholarship, Nolan has also been awarded up to $1,000 to cover travel and hotel for attendance to Winter Institute in January and up to $1,000 for attendance to her region’s fall tradeshow in 2019. Nolan’s proposal demonstrated she shares Carla’s enthusiasm for books and faith in the bookselling community. And these professional development opportunities will give Nolan the ability to connect face-to-face with booksellers from across the nation, publishers, and organizations like We Need Diverse Books, the ABA’s diversity task force, and Minorities in Publishing to discuss, receive feedback on, and build her internship program.

On her acceptance of the award Nolan said, “I’m so honored to be given this opportunity. I know Carla made an extraordinary impact in the bookselling world and, on behalf of Skylight Books, I am humbled by the chance to live up to her legacy over the course of the next year. I am truly grateful to the Binc Foundation for that chance.”

“The Binc Foundation is honored to commemorate Carla’s legacy with this scholarship,” says Pam French, Binc’s executive director. “It has been a privilege for Binc to participate in this inaugural year of the award, and we look forward to facilitating the award for many years to come.”

Press Releases


November 2018:  Winner Of Carla Gray Scholarship Announced

May 2018: Binc Announces Higher Education Scholarship Winners

Macmillan and Binc Partner Again for Diversity Scholarship

April 2018: Binc Encourages Booklovers to Share the Good with Spring Fundraiser

March 2018: AdventureKEEN Announces Shop Local Live Local All Year Long

February 2018: Binc announces 2018 Higher Education Scholarships


December 2017: #MoreThanEver launches

#MoreThanEver Unlocks Second Match 

August 2017: Chuck Rides Again

Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship Announced

June 2017: Binc partners with Macmillan to introduce diversity scholarship

Binc Announces 2017 Higher Education Scholarship Winners

May 2017: Binc Announces Major Industry Support

May 2017:  Binc Launches Third Campaign to Sustain 


August 2016: Authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson Become Ambassadors for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation

June 2016: Binc Welcomes New Director of Development, Kathy Bartson

June 2016: Binc Announces 2016 Higher Education Scholarship Winners

February 2016: Binc Celebrates 20 Years of Helping Booksellers

January 2016: Binc Announces  2016 Higher Education Scholarship Program


November 2015: Binc Prepares to Write the Next Chapter

June 2015: Binc announces new board member, Julia Cowlishaw

June 2015: Bookseller Chuck Robinson Announces 2400 Mile Cross Country Bike Ride Supporting Three Book Industry and Community Foundations

May 2015: Binc Announces 2015 Higher Education Scholarship Recipients

April 2015: Binc Launches Campaign to Sustain

March 2015: Binc Foundation Announces Program Expansion – Childcare & Eldercare

February 2015: Binc announces new chairs to lead Marketing and Fundraising Committees

January 2015: Binc Welcomes New Board Members for 2015


November 2014: Binc Foundation Announces Signed Book Auction

August 2014: Binc Foundation Announces New Board Members

August 2014: Binc Foundation Honored as 2014 Great Nonprofit

July 2014: Binc Foundation Releases Industry Survey Results

July 2014: Binc Expands Financial Assistance Program to Include Funeral Expenses and Homelssness Prevention

June 2014: Binc Foundation Introduces Matching Grant Pilot Program

May 2014: The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced

May 2014: The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation releases video detailing how they helped one California bookseller eliminate over $100,000 of medical debt

March 2014: Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation initiates industry-wide survey to gauge awareness and program effectiveness.

January 2014: Binc expands scholarship program offering up to $198,500 in higher education scholarships to qualifying bookstore employees and dependents


November 2013: Binc awards scholarships to support booksellers attending Winter Institute 9

July 2013: Binc Foundation announces new board members

July 2013: Binc Foundation announces the recipients of their 2013 Academic Scholarship Program.

June 2013:  Binc Foundation to offer utility shut-off prevention to bookstore employees

May 2013:  Binc Foundation announces Sips & Songs – Great Music for a Great Cause

February 2013:  Binc Foundation announces 2013 higher education scholarship program


January 2012:  Binc Foundation announces 2012 board members

August 2012:  Binc Foundation announces 2012 scholarship results

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Binc in the News


June 2017: Binc carries on Border’s legacy


November 2013: Bookstore crisis has a fairytale ending

October 2013: Binc Raises $7,361 at Regional Bookseller Shows

June 2013: Binc Foundation interview on The Lucy Ann Lance Non-Profit Spotlight Show on 1290 WLBY AM for Sips and Songs – scroll down to the 5th interview


February 2012: Binc Foundation finds new purpose

February 2012: Borders Group Foundation changes name, mission to serve book industry employees

June 2012:  It’s Not Billions, but it Can Help Rescue an Artist. (View as PDF)

October 2012: ABA and Binc Partner to Offer Emergency Financial Assistance to Indie Booksellers