2020 - First Annual BIPOC Bookseller Award
Duende District & The Word have founded the first annual BIPOC Bookseller Awards to celebrate and uplift the Black and Brown independent booksellers whose dedication to indie bookstores, and their Black, Indigenous and POC colleagues and communities, have touched and influenced countless lives.
All BIPOC who work in U.S. independent bookstores in any capacity are eligible to be nominated for the three categories (nominations for the same bookseller in multiple categories is allowed). The winning booksellers will be honored during a dedicated ceremony, and receive a plaque, a $1000 prize, and registration to the 2020 [margins.] conference.
This award is for the bookseller who goes above and beyond to advocate for Black and Brown booksellers and literary representation, in their stores and communities.
This award is for the bookseller whose vision, whether entrepreneurial or programmatic, has shown us what the future of the industry should be.
This award is for the bookseller who has dedicated their career to supporting, uplifting, and leading Black and Brown booksellers in their stores, communities, regions, and/or nationally, fighting for systemic change for all BIPOC in the bookstore industry.
2020 Award Winners!!
All of our 2020 nominees are incredible and creative booksellers. Thank you to all of you for all you do!
Blisse Wilson-Robinson (Milan), Brein Lopez, Christian Vega, Cliff Helm, Cristina Rodriguez, Deidre Dumpson, Denise Chavez,
Destinee Hodge, Eugenia Vela, Gilbert Martinez, Ikwo Ntekim, Jeff Slim, Jessica Williams-Sullivan, Josiah Luis Alderete, Julia Hobart,
Kathy M. Burnette, Latanya Devaughn, Leonard and Clarissa Egerton, Lorielle Hollaway, Luis Correa, Mariana Calderon,
Melanie Knight, Michelle Malonzo, Milan Wilson Robinson, Patrice Mckinney, Paul Yamazaki, Riley Jay Davis, Stephanie Seales,
Tom Hamilton, Uriel Perez, Valinda Miller, and Veronica Liu
A big thank you to our 2020 judges!