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Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The late Nancy Olson was a legendary bookseller, a first-class wit, a remarkably gentle soul, and a tireless supporter of writers, especially new writers looking for a chance in the publishing world.  Simply put, she was one of the best folks to ever work in the book business, and her Quail Ridge Books was—and is—a literary institution.   An admirer of Nancy’s, in conjunction with SIBA, will be awarding two $2000 gifts in her memory on December 18, 2019.   The Nancy Olson Bookseller Award will then become an annual program.  All SIBA booksellers—but not owners—are eligible for the awards.  Writers, readers, and/or storeowners may submit a name and any helpful information via email to SIBA at .  Also, individual booksellers may nominate themselves.  While the emails should explain why a particular nominee deserves to be selected, there are no hard and fast rules or requirements or guidelines for the submissions—the hope is to simply honor Nancy and recognize special booksellers.  The winners will be selected from these nominations by Sarah Goddin from Nancy’s Quail Ridge Books, SIBA’s Linda-Marie Barrett, Nancy’s husband Jim, and the donor of the gifts.  The deadline for e-mail nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

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