Kobo Scholarship

Two Kiwi Booksellers off to Memphis, Tennessee

Tanya Gribben from The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland and Cassie Richards (right) from Unity Books in Wellington are heading to rock’n’roll capital Memphis, Tennessee. They are traveling to attend the twelfth Winter Institute conference, thanks to the Kobo Booksellers Scholarship, in arrangement with the American Booksellers Association.

Kobo Scholars Off to the Freezing Rivers of Minneapolis

Two New Zealand booksellers, Courtney Smith of Unity Books Wellington, and Rochelle Handley of Paige’s Book Gallery in Whanganui, are heading to Minneapolis at the end of January to attend the American Booksellers Association 12th Annual Winter Institute conference (Wi12), thanks to sponsorship from Canadian eReading company Kobo and Booksellers NZ. 

Rochelle Handley, Andrew Moyle, Courtney Smith and Mary Sangster at the 2016 Booksellers NZ Conference

 

Kobo Scholars announced for 2015 Winter Institute

Now in it’s fourth year, the Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholarship was awarded to two New Zealand booksellers during the 96th Booksellers NZ conference. Courtney Smith from Unity Books in Wellington, and Rochelle Handley, from Paige's Book Gallery in Whanganui, were the recipients of the scholarships.
 
Courtney and Rochelle will attend the 12th Winter Institute Conference, which is held by the American Booksellers' Association (the ABA).
 
The successful Scholars will attend WI12 from Friday, January 27 to Monday, January 30, 2017 in Minneapolis, USA; followed by a week long work placement in a Independent bookshop in either Minneapolis/St Pauls, San Francisco or LA.

Kobo Booksellers Scholarships

Now in it’s fourth year, the Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholarship is open for up to two New Zealand booksellers. 
 
The scholarship involves a two-week funded visit to the United States to attend the American Booksellers Association’s annual Winter Institute (WI).

The successful Scholars will attend WI12 from Friday, January 27 to Monday, January 30, 2017 in Minneapolis, USA; followed by a week long work placement in a Independent bookshop in either Minneapolis/St Pauls, San Francisco or LA.

The WI is a highly rated annual event that takes place in January in a different city in the United States. This event focusses on developing the business skills of booksellers and engaging them in latest trends in retailing, publishing, technology, marketing and business practice.  

 
This year's scholars will be announced at the NZ Book Industry Awards in Auckland at the Heritage Hotel on 2 July.  To purchase a ticket to the Awards click here.
 
In 2016 the scholars were Kiran Dass, Unity Books Auckland and Helen Wadsworth, The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop, Auckland (pictured below). Helen said of the Winter Institute; “I'm incredibly thankful for the last two weeks of information, inspiration and fun in the company of like-minded, generous and welcoming American booksellers.” 
 
 
 

Bookshops of the rich and famous

I was lucky enough to be chosen last year as one of the Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholars, to attend the WI11 conference. As if the excitement about attending the American Booksellers Association Wi11 (Winter Institute booksellers conference) in Denver, Colorado as part of the scholarship wasn’t enough, I couldn’t believe my luck when it was announced that for the bookshop placement component of the scholarship, I would be placed for one week at the legendary West Hollywood bookshop Book Soup. 

Winter Institute in Denver indicates resurgence of indie bookshops

The kiwi connection was almost immediate when I arrived in Denver, CO for the 11th annual American booksellers Association Winter Institute.

Kobo Scholars take kiwi ingenuity to the world

Two Auckland booksellers are off to Denver this week to attend the 11th Winter Institute bookselling conference, thanks to sponsorship from Canadian eReading company Kobo, and Booksellers NZ. 
 
Booksellers Kiran Dass, from Unity Books on High St, and Helen Wadsworth, from Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Ponsonby are excited to be going to swap experiences with over 500 booksellers in Denver from 23 – 26 January. 
 

Canadian eReading company Kobo sponsors two kiwi booksellers to attend WI11 in Denver, CO

Two Auckland booksellers, Kiran Dass of Unity Books in High Street and Helen Wadsworth of Pt Chev Bookshop and Resource Room have won the Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholarships for 2016.
 
They will attend the four day American Booksellers Association 11th Winter Institute to held in January next  in Denver, Colorado, then spend a week working in local Denver bookshops.
 

2014 Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholarship Recipients

Anita Kingston  of Paper Plus, Remuera and Matt Bialostocki of Unity Wellington will be the Booksellers NZ scholars to Anita Kingston photo copyright Mark Tantrumattend the American Booksellers Association’s 10th annual Winter Institute (Wi10)  to be held in Ashville, NC in February next year.
 
The announcement was made at the Book Industry Awards following the Booksellers NZ annual conference in Auckland on Sunday night.