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    ABA Board Ballot to Arrive April 3

    ABA main store members should be on the lookout for an e-mail from CEO Oren Teicher to arrive on Monday, April 3, with links to the ballot for the 2017 Board of Directors election and candidate bios.

    Spring Forums This Month in Massachusetts, New York, and California

    Between now and the end of the month, ABA will be hosting Spring Forums in Cambridge, Massachusetts; White Plains, New York; and North Hollywood, California.

    March 17 Deadline for Petitions in Support of Additional ABA Board Candidates

    Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates added to the ballot for the 2017 Board of Directors elections.

    ABA to Offer Low-Cost E-Commerce Alternative

    IndieLite, the new e-commerce platform under development by ABA, will be a solution for bookstores that are just getting started in e-commerce or those that want a website requiring very little time and effort to maintain.

    ABA Supports Press Freedom

    ABA has joined more than 80 book, free expression, and press organizations in expressing alarm at efforts by President Trump and his administration to demonize, marginalize, and undermine the media.

    A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

    ABA’s CEO invites booksellers to attend an upcoming Spring Forum and explains that, in addition to the traditional open forum discussion, each will feature an education session that is a significant departure from past programming.

    A Report on the ABA Board’s January 2017 Meeting

    At its January 25–26 meeting in Minneapolis, just prior to the12th Winter Institute, the ABA Board worked on a range of business.

    “Bookstores — An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery” to Debut at ABA Spring Forum in Atlanta

    Booksellers are invited to ABA’s first Spring Forum of the year. The program, held in conjunction with SIBA, will take place in Atlanta on March 7.

    ABA Board Election Process Open for Petitions in Support of Additional Candidates

    Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates added to the ballot for the 2017 Board of Directors elections.

    Booksellers Appointed to ABA Advisory Council, Diversity Task Force

    In response to concerns expressed by booksellers at the Wi12 Town Hall, ABA has increased the number of members on its Booksellers Advisory Council and created a Diversity Task Force.

    Spring Forums to Feature Discussion on Bookstores as Inclusive Places for Dialogue and Discussion

    In addition to the usual Open Forum discussions on topics of concern to booksellers, ABA’s Spring Forums will include the non-traditional education session “Bookstores — An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery.”

    ABA Announces 2017 Board Candidates

    ABA has announced three director candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board, as well as the Board’s selection for president and vice president, who must be ratified by membership.

    Post-Winter Institute Coverage Begins…

    Here is a look at some of BTW’s Winter Institute 12 coverage to date as well as photos of booksellers, authors, and event highlights.

    Booksellers Share Remarks Prepared for Winter Institute Town Hall

    Here are prepared remarks presented at the recent ABA Town Hall by Christin Evans of The Booksmith and Kepler’s and by Angela Maria Spring, most recently of Politics & Prose, together with Hannah Oliver Depp of WORD.

    ABA Seeks Booksellers of Diverse Backgrounds for Task Force and BAC

    ABA would like to hear from booksellers of diverse backgrounds who would be interested in serving on a new task force on diversity or on the Booksellers Advisory Council.

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