Mary Cotton, Class of 2001

cotton-outsideThe pseudonymous author of eleven young adult novels, including six that have been New York Times best sellers, you are the fiction editor and former managing editor of the literary magazine “Post Road” and the co-editor of two compilations. At the same time you have achieved the lifelong dream of running a book story by developing Newtonville Books in Newton Centre, Massachusetts into a rare haven for book lovers and authors. Its foundation is a thoughtfully built inventory of material for all ages. There’s the innovative design, which uses moveable shelves that can hold the maximum stock possible and roll around to produce a congenial space for your endless stream of children’s events, author readings, and group discussions. You loan out movies based on books and have developed a program of membership to broaden support of this important cultural resource. Newtonville is not just a store, it is a community of people who love to write, produce, and read books. And its strength reminds us that in the changing and challenging book industry, among the most laudable heroes and heroines are the independent sellers who develop and steward communities such as yours.