The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation and the Friends of Carla Gray committee are introducing a scholarship to help an early-career bookseller learn more about the trade and to reinforce the ties between their store and the community.

The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Gray (1965–2017), who was executive director of marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and began her career in bookshops in the Greater Boston area.

The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists will provide a bookseller with fewer than five years of experience with an opportunity to connect with booksellers, publishers, and authors to establish long-term relationships. The scholarship includes funds for the recipient to attend both Winter Institute 2019 and one of the 2019 fall regional trade shows, as well as to support a community outreach project set up by the bookseller. Applications will open on July 9 and run through August 9.

This scholarship would not have been possible without the direction of Hannah Harlow, Jenna Johnson, and MaryBeth Long, who formed the Friends of Carla Gray committee. Their fundraising efforts continue tonight with a celebration of books and friends at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame (519 Hudson St., New York City), 9 p.m.–1 a.m.

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