Jennifer Bigelow, who has helmed the Southern California Assn. of Independent Booksellers for 13 years, has announced she is leaving the organization. Known as SCIBA, the nonprofit trade organization represents independent bookstores and other publishing professionals in Southern California and Southern Nevada.
Each fall, SCIBA presents a trade show and authors dinner in conjunction with its literary awards. This year, the event was held at the Queen Mary.
A report in industry newsletter Shelf Awareness says that Bigelow's move is effective Dec. 31, but she tells Jacket Copy that she plans to take the balance of the year off.
SCIBA board president Mary Williams of Skylight Books thanked Bigelow for her service in a message to Shelf Awareness, saying, "Her work has built SCIBA into the organization it is today, and has raised the profile of Southern California's literary community nationwide. Her imprint on Southern California bookselling will never be forgotten, and we wish her the very best. On a personal note, it has been an absolute pleasure working with her as a member of the SCIBA board for these past two years, and I will greatly miss her insights and guidance as we move forward."