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Literary Events Intern Needed at The Book Shelf

Published June 17, 2016



The Bookshelf is seeking a part-time (10-15 hours a week) Literary Events Intern. The Events Intern will be responsible for all aspects of literary event planning and promotion, from conception to cleanup, including organizing logistics and initial planning. This position reports directly to the shop owner and is unpaid, though can be completed for college credit.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reach out to publishers about potential events
  • Create and distribute press releases for all major events (author signings, One Book Thomas County, etc.)
  • Contribute to The Bookshelf’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  • Event promotion through social media and press outreach
  • Identify major books for each publishing season
  • Work closely with the inventory manager and owner to coordinate event book orders
  • Design and produce printed media including signage, posters, flyers, etc.
  • Work with the store owner to create a monthly events card
  • Provide visual design leadership to bookstore staff to maintain quality and consistency of visual presentation design, public communication, and promotional marketing effectiveness
  • Event Management: ownership of bookstore events including promotion, logistics coordination, set-up, event staffing, and cleanup

This is a part-time internship. The intern can work remotely, though candidates should be prepared to work and attend shop events on the occasional evening and weekend and be available for meetings with bookstore staff as necessary.

Position Requirements

  • Excellent project management skills to identify, implement, and promote successful events
  • Experience in event planning and management
  • Creative approach in promotion, partnership creation, and writing to come up with clever ways to connect and promote store events
  • An independent, mature individual that can establish and set own priorities, make work plans and execute them with efficiency and speed with little to no day-to-day direction or support
  • Must be quick-thinking and flexible, able to handle issues that may arise during shop events and planning
  • Ability to communicate clearly and promptly with bookstore owner and staff
  • Customer-service minded individual with a positive attitude

This is an opportunity to not only work with a small, dedicated staff to curate a dynamic series of events at an independent bookstore, but also to engage with the local literary community.

Please email a resume and cover letter to Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf,