Independent bookstores are vital to authors, readers and our communities overall, so we’ve loved seeing Brian Lebeau (author of the psychological thriller A DISTURBING NATURE) actively working to give back by hosting a giveaway of $250 to four indie bookstores–and we’re beyond thrilled to announce the winners!
The winners of Brian Lebeau’s “Give Back to Indie Bookstores” campaign are:
- Bookie’s Bookstores in Homewood, IL
- Lido Village Books in Newport Beach, CA
- The Open Book in Warrenton, VA
- Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, MA
Additionally, 25 other indie bookstores will be receiving free copies of Lebeau’s novel A DISTURBING NATURE, with special book swag.
Congratulations to these four stores, who were selected at random out of hundreds of entries to receive $250 each. And many thanks to the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA), California Independent Booksellers Association (CALIBA), The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), and the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) for helping to spread the word about this giveaway.
“Indie booksellers play an essential role in our communities,” said Lebeau, adding that he hosted the giveaway “as a token of my deep appreciation for indie booksellers.”
“I recognize the challenges and triumphs they’ve encountered, especially in the past couple years, and wanted to do something to give back.”
Lido Village Books said they would love to use their prize money to start a Youth Ambassadorship program.
“My idea is we get a few children of different ages, they get a free book a month to read and comment on, they get to lead programs for similar aged children in the community (such as story-time or book clubs or read-to-raise: a fundraising campaign) and more…the program would revolve with new ambassadors every year.”
A former award-winning journalist with national exposure, Marissa now oversees the day-to-day operation of the Books Forward author branding and book marketing firm, along with our indie publishing support sister company Books Fluent.
Born and bred in Louisiana, currently living in New Orleans, she has lived and developed a strong base for our company and authors in Chicago and Nashville. Her journalism work has appeared in USA Today, National Geographic and other major publications. She is now interviewed by media on best practices for book marketing.