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The Celebration also honored the 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Award winners, the Publishers Weekly Bookseller and Rep of the Year winners, and the 2008 Lucile Micheels Pannell Award winners.


Khaled Hosseini accepts his 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Fiction.
Accepting his Book Sense Book of the Year Award in the Fiction category for A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead/Penguin), Khaled Hosseini, said, "Thank you so much for this show of faith in my writing ... support that came long before the publication of [The Kite Runner], and then for handselling the hell out of my books." Sharing his memories of biking to his neighborhood bookstore in Kabul as a boy, he described a growing love of literature fostered by the reading suggestions and encouragement from the store's owner. "I fell in love with books in that store," Hosseini said, "and you can't become a writer of books if you're not a lover of books." Saluting the assembled independent booksellers at the Celebration, he said, "Those of you who chose to make a living in this craft [of bookselling] are cultural ambassadors in the communities you have chosen to serve.... Without that very unique brand of word-of-mouth ... [many writers'] careers would not have taken off."

Nationwide Independent Bookstore Movement Announced at BookExpo America

American Booksellers Association Launches IndieBound; Localism Emphasized
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Los Angeles, CA May 29, 2008 Responding to both the consumer shift towards shopping at independent retailers and the growing emphasis on the ideas of localism and sustainability, the American Booksellers Association today launched IndieBound at its annual Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo America. IndieBound will bring together booksellers, readers, indie retailers, local business alliances, and others who believe that healthy local economies help communities thrive.