ABFE Director Chris Finan to Leave ABA

    American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan is leaving the American Booksellers Association to become the National Coalition Against Censorship’s new executive director.

    Bookstores Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

    Bookstores across the country are celebrating LGBT Pride Month this June with a variety of creative events covering both the literary and the political aspects of queer culture.

    Banned Books Week 2017 to Celebrate Everyone’s Freedom to Read

    This year’s Banned Books Week, September 24–30, will celebrate the importance of the freedom to read for all Americans with the theme “Our Right to Read.”

    ABA at BookExpo: “ABFE Presents: Selling Controversial Books — A Conversation”

    During an ABA education session at BookExpo, three bookseller panelists discussed the ways they have dealt with difficult decisions regarding controversial books or authors.

    Facing Strong Opposition From Retailers, House Drops Attempt to Repeal Swipe Fee Cap

    On May 24, the chair of the House of Representative’s Financial Services Committee announced that backers of the Financial CHOICE Act would drop a provision that would have repealed a cap on debit card swipe fees.

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    IPG adds 23 publishers; PGW to distribute Canongate; PEN launches Make Space campaign; Reading the West Book Award, Folio Prize, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners announced; O. Henry Prize Stories announced

    Mike Bamberger, Free Speech Defender

    ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at some of the many cases in which Michael Bamberger, general counsel of Media Coalition and the first recipient of the Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award, has defended the free speech rights of booksellers.

    Still Time to Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2017

    David Grogan, ABA’s director of public policy and advocacy, will be at the show to discuss any advocacy issues of concern with booksellers.

    ABA Joins Campaign Supporting Federal Funding for Libraries

    ABA has joined a campaign to urge Congress to continue federal support of America’s 120,000 public libraries. The campaign will be led by a new organization, the Corporate Committee for Library Investment.

    First Amendment Attorney to Receive First Meskis Free Speech Award

    ABA’s inaugural Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award will be presented to Michael A. Bamberger, the general counsel of Media Coalition, on May 31 during the Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo.

    Free Speech on the BookExpo Agenda

    The importance of defending freedom of speech will be discussed during BookExpo programs presented by American Booksellers for Free Expression and PEN America.

    Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2017

    Booksellers attending BookExpo are invited to schedule a time to talk at the show with David Grogan, ABA’s director of public policy and advocacy, about any issues of concern.

    Act Now: Tell Congress to Oppose Swipe Fee Cap Repeal

    Booksellers are reminded to contact their congressional representatives to voice opposition to the Financial CHOICE Act, which would repeal a measure regulating debt card swipe fees charged by banks.

    ABA Urges Booksellers to Voice Opposition to Swipe Fee Cap Repeal

    ABA is urging booksellers to contact their U.S. congressional representatives to voice their strong opposition to the Financial CHOICE Act, which would repeal a measure that regulates swipe fees charged by banks for debit card transactions.

    House Passes Health Care Bill

    In the wake of the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act of 2017, health care reform moves to the Senate; however, the Small Business Majority and others are urging Congress to drop the bill.


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