IOBA 2013 Scholarship Winners

From Jonathan Smalter (Yesterday’s Muse), Vice President, IOBA:

The Scholarship Committee, and I as its current chair, had an opportunity to review a number of worthy applications this year, and today we have two very deserving winners to announce. Before getting to that, though, just a few words about the scholarships.

As those who have been keeping up with announcements on the IOBA lists know, our organization offers two scholarships each year: one for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, held in Colorado Springs in August each year; the other an open scholarship which can be used for a number of educational opportunities (e.g., RBS). These scholarships are an important aspect of IOBA’s overall mission to strengthen the book trade, and a valuable resource for members to take the next step in developing their skills as booksellers. They allow members to continue their education, and establish lasting relationships with other members of the trade, without being faced with the financial burden of doing so. I believe this is one of the most important things IOBA offers as an organization, because it allows members to do things that simply would not be possible for them otherwise.

I am proud to have served as chair for the committee this year. I would like to thank the committee members for taking time out of their schedules to carefully review and discuss each application, and cast their votes, within a limited timeframe. I would also like to congratulate our membership for encouraging fellow members to apply. The level of interest we saw in scholarships this year was excellent, and I hope this will continue.

And now, the winners:

Receiving the scholarship to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar:

Marc Kuritz of Churchill Book Collector

As his business name indicates, Marc specializes in material relating to Winston S. Churchill. He has been in business for over five years, and has an impressive catalog of material within his area of specialty.

Receiving the open scholarship:

Andrea Tomberg of Tomberg Rare Books

Andrea is a 2011 graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, and has been selling books for two years. She plans to use the open scholarship to attend Rare Book School’s course Developing Collections: Donors, Librarians & Booksellers. She specializes in counterculture material.

Congratulations to both our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated.

Churchill Book Collector Featured by AbeBooks

Churchill_Book_CollectorIOBA member Churchill Book Collector was recently featured as AbeBooks’s Bookseller of the Week. Owners Marc Kuritz & Paul Shelley answer the following questions in the interview:

§ What are the origins of your business?

§ Where are the majority of Churchill book collectors?

§ What’s the rarest Churchill book that you currently offer?

§ Is there a Churchill book that all collectors desire?

§ What’s the most expensive Churchill book that you have sold?

§ Why is there such a strong interest in the writing of Churchill?

§ Is there much collectible ephemera associated with Churchill?

§ Churchill was a prolific writer – is there a bibliography you recommend to people interested in his work?

§ What biographies of Churchill do you recommend?