Financial help is available for your store and your booksellers! See below for information on emergency assistance from Binc, bookseller scholarship opportunities, and how to get reimbursed for education and travel expenses.
With the generous sponsorship of Scholastic Inc. for FallCon 2023, we are delighted to be able to offer reimbursements to our bookstore members to help mitigate the costs of attending FallCon 2023.
The Joyce Meskis Excellence in Bookselling Scholarship Program, founded in July 2023 by Joyce Meskis’s family with an initial funding donation from the Meskis estate, will create opportunities for booksellers to gain expertise and seek long term careers in the book industry.
Joyce Meskis had a profound impact on the bookselling industry. Her leadership as the owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store established one of the most iconic independent bookstores. In the late 1970s she helped establish the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association and served as the first president of the board of directors. In 2007, when she was named Director of the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute, she was quoted as saying, “In my youth, I set a course to become a teacher but happily got sidetracked into the book industry. Now I can blend these two passions.” Throughout her long career Joyce Meskis inspired and mentored countless people in the bookselling and publishing industries. She was also a passionate defender of free speech and the First Amendment.
The program offers scholarships to MPIBA member bookstores to attend the FallCon Trade Show & Conference and the SpringCon Conference. These events provide valuable bookselling education, professional development, and networking opportunities.
This scholarship offered to a fall trade show and conference first-time FallCon attendee is funded by Valerie Koehler, owner of Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Texas, in honor of her father and bookselling inspiration, Vener Barnes.
With generous sponsorship from our friends at HarperCollins, we are delighted to offer four travel grants to attend the show.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is an essential resource in times of crisis. They can help find relief for bookstores and booksellers. Many resources and opportunities for assistance can be found here.