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NVNR Presents: The VIndies!

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance:

A Celebration of Indie Bookstore Videos

(From A Bookstore Not Very Far Away) — Lights, Camera, Fiction! New Voices New Rooms, the collaborative partnership between NAIBA and SIBA, is launching The VIndies to recognize the spirit and creativity of independent bookstore videos.

NVNR and an academy of judges drawn from the bookselling community will award prizes to videos created by independent bookstores in the SIBA and NAIBA territories from January 1, 2020 through June 1, 2021.

“We are constantly amazed at the creative talent shown by bookstore videos,” said SIBA Executive Director Linda-Marie Barrett. “They have moved us to tears, or made us laugh, or both! Bookstore videos offer glimpses into their worlds, and highlight just how important they are in their communities.”

“I think these videos demonstrate just how flexible and responsive independent bookstores can be to any situation,” added NAIBA Executive Director Eileen Dengler. “They are a testament to the resiliency of small businesses.”

Winners will be announced at the VIndie Awards Ceremony, which will include viewings of the finalist videos, and will take place during the New Voices New Rooms Fall Conference Sept 27-October 1. Prizes will be awarded to the winning stores.

The Award Categories are:

Best Drama
Best Comedy/Musical
Best Animated
Special Category for 2020/21: Best Covid-Related Video

To be eligible, videos must have been created by a SIBA or NAIBA member bookstore and must have been publicly exhibited – appearing on the store’s website, in their social media channels, or in their store newsletters — between January 2020 and June 1, 2021. Nominations may come from independent bookstores or any fan of independent bookstores. Only one nomination per category, per store. Click here to nominate:

The VIndies Nomination Form

The deadline to nominate is July 15.

For more information visit or contact:

Linda-Marie Barrett
Eileen Dengler