Teicher is stepping down later this year after a decade as the trade group's CEO. He is respected among independent booksellers, who long suffered from competition with the superstore chains Barnes & Noble and Borders. Membership in the association has increased steadily since 2009, helped in part by the demise of Borders and the recent struggles of Barnes & Noble in the face of Amazon.com's rise.
The National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards. Previous Literarian winners include Maya Angelou and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.