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At Sisters in Crime We Love Bookstores. As a part of our mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition, and professional development of women crime writers, every month we award $500 to a bookstore to use for promotion, marketing, or hosting book signing events.

Update: With COVID-19 keeping foot traffic at bookstores down, the SinC national board decided to award the remaining nine We Love Bookstore awards for 2020 immediately.

Winners are Novel Bay Booksellers, Sturgeon Bay; Wisconsin; Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, Buffalo, New York; Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon; Poor Richard’s Booksellers, Easley, South Carolina; Chapter 2 Books, Hudson, Wisconsin; Bookends, Pagosa, Colorado; BrowseaboutBooks, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; Bank Square Books, Mystic, Connecticut; and BookPeople, Austin, Texas!

Reports from winning bookstores say they are putting in services like curbside pick-up where they can, but sales at indie stores are still down. The best thing our members can do for a favorite local store is to buy some books at their online store—or buy gift certificates to use later!

If your favorite store didn’t win one of these 2020 WLB grants, Sisters in Crime has more good news. Thanks to two generous Sisters in Crime members, we will be able to give out two additional fully funded $500 grants in May. Share this page with your favorite bookstores and have them enter by end of day May 1 to be eligible for those two additional awards and for the awards drawn for 2021. Entries already received remain eligible through 2021.


Eligibility and Restrictions


  • Only bookstores located in the United States and Canada may enter.
  • The funding must be used for promotional expenses that support authors by encouraging the sale of books. It may not be used for salaries or basic operational expenses.
  • There is no cost or obligation other than allowing Sisters in Crime to post winners' photos on our website and in inSinC, the Sisters in Crime quarterly journal.


How to Enter


  • Complete this entry form.
  • Include a photo of one or more of your staff holding three or more books by Sisters in Crime members that are for sale in your bookstore. You can find a list of Sisters in Crime authors here.


What Happens Next


  • Sisters in Crime holds a random drawing on the first business day of the month.
  • The winning bookstore is contacted.
  • Those not successful in one month are automatically be entered for subsequent drawings.

2020 Winners

 August 2020
Malik Books,  Los Angeles, California
 Malik Books in Los Angeles, California, is the winner of a special Sisters in Crime We Love Bookstores! grant from Sisters in Crime, the national writers' organization that supports women crime writers and readers. To celebrate their win, co-owner April Muhammad is displaying books by Pamela Samuels Young, Walter Mosely, and Delizhia Jenkins.
Malik Books  @maliksbooks
Walter Mosley  @WalterMoselyAuthor
Pamela Samuels Young @AuthorPSY
Delizhia Jenkins @septembershope
August 2020
 Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature Museum, Tampa, Florida
 Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature Museum in Tampa, Florida, is the winner of a special Sisters in Crime We Love Bookstores! grant from Sisters in Crime, the national writers' organization that supports women crime writers and readers. To celebrate her win, owner Gigi Best is displaying books by Tami Hoag, Patricia Cornwell, Louise Erdrich and Ann Rule.
Tami Hoag @TamiHoag
Patricia Cornwell @patricia.cornwell
Louise Erdrich @louiseerdrichauthor

 Bonus Winner!

Fact and Fiction, Missoula, Montana

To celebrate their wins, Fact & Fiction owner Mara Panich is holding books by Christine Carbo and Leslie Budewitz; and staff members Roberta Kiemele, Susie Fruncillo, Faith Basten & William Kent Krueger are displaying several titles by Krueger.

Bonus Winner!

Lake Country Booksellers, White Bear Lake, Minnesota



BookPeople, Austin, TX

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Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

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twitter - @bsb_savoy


BrowseaboutBooks, Rehoboth Beach, DE

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Bookends, Pagosa, CO

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twitter - @BookendsPagosa


Chapter 2 Books, Hudson, WI

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twitter - @chapter2books 


Poor Richard's Booksellers, Easley, SC

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Tsunami Books, Eugene, OR

fb - @tsunamibookseugene 


Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, Buffalo, NY

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Novel Bay Booksellers, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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twitter - @novelbaybooks 


Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, WV 

To celebrate their win, owner Kendra Goldsborough plans to use her grant to host a panel workshop on writing and publishing with SinC members Ginny Fite, Lee Doty and local writer Carla Vergot. In the photo, a staff member is holding books by Louise Penny, G.M. Malliett, Ginny Fite and Amy Stewart.



The Book Tavern in Augusta, Georgia

To celebrate their win, owner David Hutchison displays books by women crime writers including Sisters in Crime members Rhys Bowen, Sasscer Hill and Louise Penny. 


Fiction Addiction Bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina

A staff member displays books by women crime writers including Sisters in Crime members Susan M. Boyer, Lowcountry Boomerang, Linda Lovely, Bad Pick, and Sally Handley, Second Bloom. Owner Jill Hendrix plans to use the grant money to promote her store events on social media.


Prior Year Winners

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