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TWO MICHIGAN BOOKSTORES WIN THE 2013 WNBA PANNELL AWARD
(May 13, 2013)
The Women’s National Book Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 WNBA Pannell Award given annually since 1983 to two bookstores that excel in contributing to their communities in ways that bring books and young people together. The winner in the General Bookstore category is Nicola’s Books of Ann Arbor, MI; and the Children’s Specialty Store category winner is The Bookbug of Kalamazoo, MI.
A jury of five book industry professionals deliberated for four weeks, then selected the winners based on creativity, responsiveness to community needs and an understanding of young readers. Jurors complimented all of the nominees for valuable contributions they make to their communities. The two winners, however, were cited for their “over and above” commitment and “partnering skills to benefit children, families, and the community at large” (Nicola’s Books); as well as having a “terrific history of civic engagement, actively engaging in all aspects of the local community to stay relevant and of service to children and their families” (Bookbug).
In addition to WNBA, the Pannell Award is underwritten by a generous gift from Penguin Young Readers Group. Each winning store will receive a check for $1,000 and framed original art donated this year by James Dean of Pete the Cat fame (HarperCollins) and Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator of Stripes of All Types (Peachtree).
Presentation of the awards will be at the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on May 31st at BookExpo America in New York.
WNBA Writing Contest Winners
Winners of the first annual writing contest have been announced.
Winning Entry: Jessica Wallin Mace for “A Prize in Every Box”
Second Place: Anne Pound for “Beauty”
Third Place: Deborah Batterman for “All Mine”
Honorable Mention: Christine Eskilson for “Dorrie”
Winning Entry: Ellaraine Lockie for “Abandoned Garden”
Second Place: Harriet Shenkman for “Mirror, Mirror”
Third Place: Ruth Hill for “Light Bends around Shadows”
Honorable Mention: Amy Wright “Airport Proposal”
A downloadable pdf of the writers’ biographies is available from the contest page.
A special (online) edition of The Bookwoman with the winning entries will be published in April.
Thank you for your submissions! Proceeds from the contest help support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.
The Women’s National Book Association is a 90+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Our membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books.
After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women (see our WNBA Award under “Awards”) and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. In 2012, the first of our annual writing contests was announced, with submission dates open from June 1 to November 15.