An annual award given by BPRNE to recognize the New England independent bookstore of the year
Congratulations to our Winners!
2017: Water Street Bookstore, Exeter NH
2016: Norwich Bookstore, Norwich VT
2015: Phoenix Books in Essex, Burlington & Rutland VT
2014: Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord NH
2013: Northshire Bookstore
2012: Brookline Booksmith
2011: Bank Square Books
2010: Harvard Book Store
2009: Porter Square Books
2008: Maine Coast Book Shop
2006: Brunswick Bookland
2005: Toadstool Bookshops
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD
An annual award given by BPRNE to recognize excellence in a bookstore member
of New England Independent Booksellers Association.
1. The store shall be a current member of New England Independent Booksellers Association
2. The store shall be principally a bookstore
3. The store shall have been in business for three years or more
4. The store shall have exhibited creative excellence in the broad spectrum of retail book selling
5. In the event of a tie, there shall be a run-off
A. The award shall be announced at the NEIBA Fall Conference and given to the winner at an event open to all Conference attendees.
B. Recommendations for a particular bookstore are open to the BPRNE membership. Each year any member may submit the name of one nominee, accompanied by a short statement in support of the choice. The submittals should be sent to the Officers at least two weeks before the spring meeting.
The officers will prepare a ballot of all qualifying nominees for the spring meeting for a discussion and a vote by the attending Membership.
C. An appropriate individualized notice for the winner shall be chosen by BPRNE (i.e. a plaque of some sort)
D. An appropriate enduring emblem of the BPRNE Independent Spirit Award shall be chosen by BPRNE.