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Nicola Rooney named the 2014 Community Book Award Winner

Nicola Rooney named the 2014 Community Book Award Winner by the Kerrytown BookFest

February 18, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bill Castanier castanier@sbcglobal.net or Robin Agnew wengas@aol.com

Nicola RooneyAnn Arbor, Mich. – The Kerrytown BookFest has named Nicola Rooney, owner of Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, as the winner of the 2014 Community Book Award.  The award is annually awarded to the person in the Greater Ann Arbor area who helps create and retain “a vital book culture,” said Robin Agnew, president of the BookFest and owner of Aunt Agatha’s Bookshop.

“Rooney was recognized for her commitment as a bookseller for more than 20 years in Ann Arbor.  Her store is a big reason, even with the closing of stores like Borders, that the area has remained a city with an active book culture, and one with a busy and varied schedule of visiting authors from every part of the literary universe,” Agnew said. Nicola’s hosted or sponsored over 200 events in 2013.

Agnew said Rooney has made a long-time and serious commitment to the Ann Arbor Community, serving schools at bookfairs, providing books for library events in the area, serving on the board the Ann Arbor Book Festival, functioning as a vital sponsor and partner of the Kerrytown BookFest, as well as serving on the board of Washtenaw Literacy for 10 years.  Her store also hosts book clubs, writer’s groups and Master Gardeners’ lectures.

“Rooney feels bookstores are a vital part of any community and has made Nicola’s a comfortable gathering place,” said Agnew, who also owns another local bookstore,  Aunt Agatha’s Bookshop.  “I can’t imagine the Ann Arbor literary universe without Nicola’s enthusiasm for books and writers,” she said.

The Kerrytown BookFest will honor Rooney the day of the BookFest Sunday, September 7 at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market as a kickoff to the 12th annual day-long celebration of books which features more than 40 authors and illustrators and 100 exhibitors and book sellers.  She will receive a hand-made framed certificate and will be part of a bookseller’s panel along with some of her staff. Nicola Rooney joins the ranks of Ann Arbor librarian Josie Parker, bookseller Jay Platt, author Loren D. Estleman, BookFest founders Tom and Cindy Hollander, and others as the winner of the award which celebrates a significant contribution to the book community in Ann Arbor.