Bookexpo Announces First-Ever “Introduce An Indie” Scholarship Winners


Scholarship Recipients to Attend BookExpo to Experience the Business of Bookselling Firsthand at the Nation’s Largest Industry Gathering

Norwalk, CT – May 18, 2018 – Today, BookExpo announced the winners of the first annual “Introduce an Indie” scholarship. The program, designed in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and nine regional bookseller associations, will bring up-and-coming booksellers from around the country to BookExpo for the opportunity to be fully immersed in the book industry. 

As part of an ongoing effort to become the nation’s largest gathering of ABA Member booksellers, BookExpo launched the “Introduce an Indie” program at the Spring Forums of each regional association where representatives shared the show’s new value offerings and encouraged ABA Member booksellers to apply for the scholarships. Applications were reviewed with the Executive Director of each association and picked collaboratively with BookExpo.

Winning booksellers will receive a BookExpo travel voucher, including a room at the official ABA hotel (The New Yorker) and a custom itinerary of meetings, education sessions and author events.

“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.” said Ed Several, Senior Vice President, BookExpo. “We look forward to welcoming this year’s winners and learning from them how we we can improve and grow this program each year.”

BookExpo 2018 – Introduce an Indie Winners


  • Susan Tunis / BookShop West Portal / San Francisco, CA / Bookseller & Event Coordinator
  • Rosie Lee / Readers Books / Sonoma, CA / Children’s Specialist


  • Robert Turner / Café Con Libros Press / Pomona, CA / Buyer & Finance Manager
  • Amanda Qassar / Warwicks / La Jolla, CA / Children’s Buyer


  • James Crossley / Island Books / Mercer Island, WA / Buyer & Bookseller
  • Alexa Butler / Beach Books / Seaside, OR / Manager



  • Beth Burnett / Zenith Bookstore / Duluth, MN / Manager
  • Megan McComb / Raven Bookstore / Lawrence, KS / Bookseller


  • Star Lowe / Starline Books / Chattanooga, TN /Owner
  • Wendy Beeker / South Main Book Co / Salisbury, NC / Owner


  • Paul Swydan / Silver Unicorn / Acton, MA / Owner
  • Karen Opper / That Book Store / Wethersfield, CT / Owner


  • Leslie Spishock / A Likely Story / Sykesville, MD / Owner
  • Elliot Batzedek / Big Blue Marble /Philadelphia, PA / Outreach Manager


  • Kelsey Westenberg / Dial Bookshop / Chicago, IL / Bookseller
  • Melia Wolf / Cover to Cover Childrens’ Books / Columbus, OH / Owner


  • Marcy Rizzi / Booked on 25th / Ogden, UT / Owner
  • Callie Metler / Noteworthy / Stamford, TX / Owner

The “Introduce an Indie” program is a key piece of the reimagined BookExpo. Created in conjunction with the ABA, the reimagined BookExpo offers Attendees and Exhibitors more value through Editor chats, more opportunity for one-on-one meetings with Publicists, new stages to feature more Authors than ever before, and added media coverage surrounding the event. 

For more information or to register for BookExpo, please visit

BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The event is being re-designed to be the place where the business of bookselling gets done in North America. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).

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