BookExpo has announced the winners of the inaugural "Introduce an Indie" scholarship, which will provide two booksellers from each regional booksellers association a BookExpo travel voucher and a room at the official American Booksellers Association hotel for the duration of the show. The winners are:
Susan Tunis of BookShop West Portal in San Francisco, Calif., and Rosie Lee of Readers Books in Sonoma, Calif., from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.
Robert Turner of Café con Libros Press in Pomona, Calif., and Amanda Qassar of Warwick's in La Jolla, Calif., from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association.
James Crossley of Island Books in Mercer Island, Wash., and Alexa Butler of Beach Books in Seaside, Ore., from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.
Beth Burnett, of Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, Minn., and Megan McComb of The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, Kan., from the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.
Star Lowe of Star Line Books in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wendy Beeker of South Main Book Co. in Salisbury, N.C., from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.
Paul Swydan of The Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, Mass., and Karen Opper of That Book Store in Wethersfield, Conn., from the New England Independent Booksellers Association.
Leslie Spishock of A Likely Story Bookstore in Sykesville, Md., and Elliot Batzedek of Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia, Pa., from the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association.
Kelsey Westenberg of The Dial Bookshop in Chicago, Ill., and Melia Wolf of Cover to Cover Children's Books in Columbus, Ohio, from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.
Marcy Rizzi of Booked on 25th in Ogden, Utah, and Callie Metler of Noteworthy in Stamford, Tex., both of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association.
Ed Several, senior v-p of BookExpo, said: "We have reimagined BookExpo to support independent booksellers as they continue to grow. Working with the ABA, this program was a natural extension to this effort to offer more booksellers an opportunity to discover all that the reimagined BookExpo offers."