Congratulations to the nominees for this year's WNBA Pannell Awards, which recognizes bookstores that "enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons." The nominees in the general bookstore category are:
Aaron's Books, Lititz, Pa.
Avid Bookshop, Athens, Ga.
Book Passage, Corte Madera, Calif.
Byrd's Books, Bethel, Conn.
Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Ariz.
Charis Books and More, Atlanta, Ga.
Community Book Center, New Orleans, La.
Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers, Farmington, Me.
Forest Books, Locust Valley, N.Y.
MainStreet BookEnds of Warner, Warner, N.H.
Maple St. Book Shop, New Orleans, La.
Newtonville Books, Newton Centre, Mass.
Octavia Books, New Orleans, La.
Page & Palette Bookstore, Fairhope, Ala.
Park Road Books, Charlotte, N.C.
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, Mass.
Riverwalk Books, Chelan, Wash.
University Bookstore, Seattle, Wash.
Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, Calif.
Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, N.J.
Watermark Books, Wichita, Kan.
In the children's specialty store category:
4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, Ind.
Bank Street Bookstore, New York, N.Y.
Books & Cookies, Santa Monica, Calif.
Books of Wonder, New York, N.Y.
Children's Bookshop, Brookline, Mass.
Children's Book World, Los Angeles, Calif.
Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, Va.
The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, N.Y.
Barnes & Noble has announced the six finalists for the 2013 Discover Great New Writers Awards. Winners in each category receive a $10,000 prize and a year of additional promotion from B&N. Second-place finalists receive $5,000, and third-place finalists $2,500. The finalists are:
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Little, Brown)
Bobcat & Other Stories by Rebecca Lee (Algonquin Books)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala (Knopf)
With or Without You by Domenica Ruta (Spiegel & Grau)
Son of a Gun by Justin St. Germain (Random House)
Winners will be announced on March 5.