Founded in 2016, BWB awards fellowships to American booksellers to attend international book fairs, where they meet with publishers, editors, authors, agents, and other publishing professionals; connect with booksellers and with bookseller trade associations from around the world; speak on and attend panels; and visit local bookstores, distributors, cultural agencies, and literary arts organizations.
Booksellers return better connected, better informed, more aware of the international book panorama, and better equipped to put international and diverse literatures into the hands of readers.
Bookselling Without Borders also offers a residency program that allows US booksellers to spend an extended period working at bookstores abroad and thus to take a deeper dive into a foreign book market.
BWB is assembling a directory of key international contacts and a database of resources curated directly by BWB alumni that aims to support the efforts of all booksellers—whether they are fellowship recipients or not—to bring more readers to international and diverse books.
Application period closes mid-February. Apply here.