The Indie Gardening & Nature Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending June 2, 2009, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.

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    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
    Barbara and Camille Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, Harper Perennial, $14.95, 9780060852566

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    Bestseller List Deadline Unchanged for Memorial Day Holiday

    The deadlines for reporting sales to the Indie Bestseller List next week remain unchanged; the deadlines will not be extended for the Memorial Day holiday.

    The Indie Bestseller List will be compiled and sent to booksellers, as usual, on Tuesday, May 26, and the printable PDF will be posted on ABA's trade website, BookWeb.org, on Wednesday afternoon. The American Booksellers Association is urging all bookstores to report during the holiday weekend to ensure that the Bestseller List reflects the true range and influence of indies nationwide.

    The Summer 2009 Children's Indie Next List Preview

    A new season of insightful indie booksellers' recommendations for the next great reads in children's and young adult titles -- featured in a four-page list with a bold, bright, and fun design -- will be arriving soon in bookstores in the Summer 2009 Kids' Next List.

    The Indie Poetry Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending May 12, 2009 (including National Poetry Month).

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    Evidence
    Mary Oliver, Beacon, $23, 9780807068984

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    The Summer 2009 Children's Indie Next List

    1. Radiant Darkness: A Novel by Emily Whitman
    (Greenwillow, $16.99, 9780061724497 / 0061724491)
    "Emily Whitman has written an inventive retelling of the myth of Persephone's kidnapping by Hades and her stay in the Underworld. In this version, she is a willing participant in the seduction, but then has to establish herself as an equal in her relationship with Hades. Are there modern overtones? Yes, and they help make Radiant Darkness a very good story." --Nicola Rooney, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

    IndieBound on the Rise!

    This has been a banner week for the IndieBound application for iPhone. It's now at #2 in iTunes Free Book Apps list, and was recently featured on the front page of the iTunes App Store, viewable both in the iTunes program and in the iPhone's native App Store.

    Author Sets Out to Visit 100 Independent Bookstores

    Marc Fitten, author of the new novel Valeria's Last Stand (Bloomsbury), is "spicing up" his U.S. book tour by visiting 100 independent bookstores along the way.

    50 Authors to Participate in Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon

    Fifty of independent booksellers' favorite authors will be at this year's ABA Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon at BookExpo America. The Friday, May 29, event, open exclusively to the owners and staff at ABA member stores, will feature the presentation of the inaugural Indies Choice Book Awards (ICBA).

    The Indie Next Spring/Summer Reading Group List

    Here's a full preview of the Indie Next Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List, which ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement will be receiving in the May Red Box.

    Announcing the Inaugural Inductees to the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame

    After more than four weeks of voting by booksellers at independent bookstores across the country, the American Booksellers Association today announces the first three inductees to the Indies Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame.

    From a list of 13 finalists, the owners and staff at ABA member stores cast votes for three favorites. The 2009 inductees into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame, as chosen by indie booksellers, are:

    IndieBound for iPhone Gets Great Reception

    Reaction to the IndieBound application for iPhone and iPod Touch, released Monday, has been overwhelming, with hundreds of downloads and many positive reviews.

    The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending April 21, 2009, and based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide.

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    The Host
    Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown, $25.99, 9780316068048

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    IndieBound for iPhone Brings Independent Bookselling Into Mobile Universe

    With the launch of the IndieBound app for iPhone on Monday, April 20, independent booksellers are boldly going where they've never gone before: the rapidly growing realm of mobile applications.

    Announcing the 2009 Indies Choice Book Award Winners!

    The American Booksellers Association today announces the winners of the inaugural Indies Choice Book Awards. Formerly the Book Sense Book of the Year Awards, the new Indies Choice Book Awards reflect the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide through new categories and a broader range of winners and honor books.

    The 2009 Indies Choice Book Award winners, chosen by the owners and staff at ABA member stores during more than four weeks of voting, are:

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