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The Denver Publishing Institute Announces Scholarship Winner

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Pamela French

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Kate Kenney of Boulder Bookstore in Boulder, Colo. has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Denver Publishing Institute this summer. Kenney earned an MFA in creative writing from Western Washington University and has been a bookseller at Copperfield's Books and Brookline Booksmith in addition to her current position as frontline bookseller at Boulder Bookstore. The scholarship she was awarded is a collaboration with BincSourcebooks, and the Denver Publishing Institute. It includes, tuition, room and board, and up to $2000 to cover travel and lost wages.

On learning she was selected to receive the award Kenney told Binc, "I'm so grateful for this opportunity ... having been a bookseller at independent bookstores across the country, it's a dream come true to be able to learn more about the book industry with DPI's prestigious program. Binc is an incredible foundation that provides booksellers with opportunities that wouldn't be possible without their assistance. I also wouldn't have this opportunity without the incredible support from Boulder Bookstore and its entire staff, specifically Arsen Kashkashian and Dylan Nealis. They truly believe in their staff and are a shining example of remarkable leadership and kindness."

Jill Smith, director of the Denver Publishing Institute, said, "We are delighted to welcome Kate Kenney to the program. As a bookseller, her observations of the magical power of books to change lives for the better make her an excellent candidate for the Denver Publishing Institute. We can't wait to see her publishing career unfold as she helps to bring to life more of these powerful, magical stories for readers everywhere."

Executive director of Binc, Pam French commented, "We would like to give a special thanks to our partners at Sourcebooks and the Denver Publishing Institute for working with us at Binc to put together this inaugural scholarship opportunity to attend DPI."

The Denver Publishing Institute (DPI) is a 4-week-long summer program at the University of Denver. DPI is taught by industry professionals who work for trade, university, textbook, and independent publishers throughout the country. Course and lecture topics include book marketing, manuscript editing, copyediting and proofreading, digital marketing strategies, the role of the bookstore, and many publishing courses. Applications for 2019 are open until April 15

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $6.6 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,476 families.