Independent publisher Sourcebooks has launched a reader voting campaign that will give grant money to three nominated bookstores.
The “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore Campaign” is inspired by the support booksellers have given to Katarina Bivald and her forthcoming book, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (January 19), which is about the impact that books and community bookstores have on people. The novel was selected as the #1 Indie Next Great Read for this month.
In addition to promoting The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah said that the campaign aims to highlight the services of bookstores across the country.
Anyone can nominate their favorite bookstore here. Sourcebooks will award the winning bookstore with a $3,000 prize; two additional bookstores will each receive a $637 prize. (The specific dollar figure of the second prize is a nod to the book, as 637 is the population of Bivald’s fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa.) As part of the campaign Sourcebooks will also give weekly prizes to those who submit nominations.
The campaign began January 4, and runs until February 19, when the winning bookstores will be announced.