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Phoenix Bookseller Wins Scholarship to ABA Winter Institute

Beth Wagner of Phoenix Books Burlington and Essex has been awarded a full scholarship to the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute. Beth is the children's book buyer and IT director at Phoenix Books.  A resident of Fairfax, she has been in bookselling for over a decade. "All of the Phoenix family is thrilled that Beth will be representing our stores at this event," says Phoenix Books co-owner Mike DeSanto. "We can't wait for her to come back with a basketful of great ideas."

Wagner's scholarship is sponsored by Candlewick Press, an independent children's publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts.  "Beth Wagner embodies what CHIRP (Candlewick’s Handselling Indie Recognition Program)  is all about. We salute her unparalleled expertise, enthusiasm, knowledge and energy needed to handsell children’s books and get the right book into the right child’s hands at the right time. We’re thrilled to send her to the ABA’s Winter Institute in Kansas City next February, where she’ll be able to hone her skills even more," says Elise Supovitz, Candlewick's Director of Field Sales.

The American Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Eighth Annual Winter Institute will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, from Saturday, February 23, through Monday, February 25, 2013.  Over 500 booksellers from across the United States attend.