Colleen Kammer is receiving some well-deserved recognition from the Women’s National Book Association. Kammer has been selected as the recipient of the WNBA Detroit 2011 Bookwoman Award for her many contributions as bookseller and owner of the independent bookstore Book Beat in Oak Park.
The WNBA, which was established in 1917, is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. The Detroit Chapter of the WNBA initiated the Bookwoman Award in 1991 to honor Michigan women who have made significant contributions to libraries, reading, writing, literacy or publishing.
“The Detroit Chapter shares the mission of the WNBA: to promote reading and support the role of women in the community of the book,” states the Detroit Chapter site. Members of the Detroit Chapter live throughout lower southern Michigan and represent a variety of book-related professions including writers, librarians, publishers, booksellers, and editors. (via)
Kammer’s Book Beat is a literary landmark that offers fantastic author events, book clubs, art, readings and signings. The Book Beat also hosts many book related events throughout the area at venues such as libraries, community houses and schools. More importantly, independent booksellers like Kammer offer first-hand knowledge of their wares and offer great leads to titles of any interest.
There’s nothing like an indie, and for that alone Colleen Kammer deserves her award. Kammer will be honored on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at a special celebration at Sweet Lorraine’s in Southfield.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer
– The WNBA partners with organizations such as The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to promote literacy through national and chapter-based initiatives.