Nicole Brinkley of Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, N.Y., has won the Rusty Drugan Scholarship for Emerging Leaders, awarded annually by the New England Independent Booksellers Association in memory of its former executive director who died in 2006. The scholarship includes two nights at the Fall Conference NEIBA hotel and one ticket to each meal function.
Brinkley is Oblong's floor manager, the weekend manager, and runs all website, social media and newsletter content, "so it's really faster to call her the Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Oblong," NEIBA noted, adding that she "loves dragons and plants. The rest tends to change without notice." Her favorite books to handsell include An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, and The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi.