I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy (S&S Books for Young Readers) won the Carla Cohen Free Speech Award, bestowed in honor of the late founder and co-owner of Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C. The winner shared her reaction to the honor in this week's New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association NAIBAhood News:
"One of my favorite RBG quotes is displayed boldly on the back jacket of I Dissent: 'Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.' This came to mind when I received the happy news that the NAIBA has awarded my book the Carla Cohen Free Speech Award. Why? Because fighting for things we care about through speech, advocacy, dissent, and the expression of ideas is so central to what booksellers are about-and booksellers know that effectively exercising these rights isn't just about sounding off, but rather is about reaching people. That's the meaning of this favorite RBG quote. How fulfilling, then, to have this book honored by a group that shares these values, with an award that honors a great independent bookseller in my own home town of Washington, D.C. Independent bookstores have been so kind to I Dissent; to receive this additional recognition from NAIBA is awesome! Book people: see you on October 7!"