Advocacy

    ABFE Presents Angela Gui With T-Shirt Proceeds at PEN Gala

    At Tuesday’s PEN Gala, ABFE director Chris Finan presented a check to Angela Gui, daughter of imprisoned Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai. The check included proceeds from the sale of a specially designed T-shirt.

    Audrey Eisman, Former ABFFE Coordinator, Dies

    Audrey Eisman, the former coordinator of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, died on Sunday, April 23, following a long illness. She was 79.

    Ci5: Marley Dias on Her #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign

    Twelve-year-old Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, a campaign to collect and distribute books featuring diverse characters to children, was a featured speaker at the 2017 Children’s Institute.

    Utah Tax Commission Releases Parts of Its Sales Tax Deal With Amazon

    On April 14, the Utah Tax Commission released previously confidential details regarding its sales tax agreement with Amazon, which began collecting and remitting sales tax in the state on January 1.

    AAP to Honor Hong Kong Publisher Imprisoned in China

    Attendees at the annual PEN America dinner on Tuesday, April 25, will pause to honor Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who is being held without charge on the Chinese mainland.

    ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2016

    Books featuring LGBT characters occupied the first five positions on the American Library Association’s 2016 list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries.

    Bookstores Take on Social Issues

    Brookline Booksmith, Sherman’s Books & Stationery, Square Books, and Northshire Bookstore are among the many bookstores actively engaging with their communities on social issues.

    Minimum Wage Roundup

    Here is a look at recent reporting on minimum wage activity in Iowa, Maine, and Maryland.

    Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

    A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

    Bloomberg BNA: Amazon Close to Breaking Wal-Mart Record for Subsidies

    Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report: State details how Amazon is on the verge of setting a record for garnering state and local tax subsidies.

    Victory! Amazon Will Collect and Remit Sales Tax in All States With Sales Tax Laws

    After almost two decades of a hard-fought political battle to require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax in every state that collects sales tax, Main Street retailers can finally declare victory.

    Porter Square Books Aims to Help Community “Be the Change”

    Following the 2016 election, Porter Square Books launched Be the Change, a civic engagement program that provides concerned citizens with a sense of community and tools for social and political change.

    Small Press Profile: The New Press

    The New Press, a not-for-profit publisher of books with educational, cultural, and community value, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Wi12 Education: ABFE Presents — Hot-Button Issues in Kids’ Books

    At Winter Institute, a panel of booksellers and representatives from We Need Diverse Books discussed how to build a collection of diverse titles and how to respond to resistance from readers.

    Politics and Prose’s Teach-ins Take a Cue From the 1960s

    Politics and Prose, one of a number of bookstores that have found success with politically oriented initiatives after the 2016 election, is staging a series of teach-ins in the spirit of 1960s activist gatherings.

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