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    ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

    Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

    BTW News Briefs

    PBS announces key authors appearing on The Great American Read; WNBA seeks Pannell Award nominations; Three booksellers join MPIBA Board; PEN to honor Stephen King; Sourcebooks launches “Love Your Library Like a Carnegie!”; NBF elects board members; Proposed New York budget includes sales tax fairness measure; IngramSpark Ignite Awards honor two ABA members; National Jewish Book Award winners announced

    Facebook Live Series Featuring Indie Bookstores Extended to 2018

    #HarperCollinsLovesIndies will highlight another 50-plus indie bookstores on Facebook Live this year. In addition, staff will be on hand to make Facebook Live videos at next week’s Winter Institute.

    Beth Ineson Named NEIBA Executive Director

    Beth Ineson has more than 25 years of experience in the book business in New England and has been a supporter of independent bookstores in all of her roles.

    Independent Bookstore Day Catalog Goes Live

    Booksellers can now place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Orders are due February 2.

    Binc Opens 2018 Higher Education Scholarship Applications

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees and owners. Applications are due March 5, 2018.

    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Seventh Year Begins January 23

    Online preregistration for the 2018 Find Waldo Local campaign opens on January 23. Participation in the seventh annual small business scavenger hunt is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in November

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6 percent in November 2017 compared to November 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Year-end 2017 sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up 2.6 percent over 2016.

    We Need Diverse Books Announces Walter Dean Myers Award Winners and Honor Books

    WNDB will donate 2,000 copies of each of the 2018 Walter Award-winning titles, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Schomburg by Carole Boston Weatherford, to schools with limited budgets.

    Burst Water Pipes Cause Damage at Four ABA Member Stores

    Four ABA member bookstores on the East Coast experienced water damage over the past week due to malfunctioning pipes, caused, in some cases, by a recent streak of cold weather in the region.

    Trump’s Attempt to Halt Publication of Fire and Fury Sparks Condemnations, Spurs Sales

    The American Booksellers Association issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defended publisher Henry Holt & Co., which released the book early, on January 5.

    BTW News Briefs

    PEN America and PEN Center USA to merge; Celebratory memorial planned for Strand’s Fred Bass; Changes at New York Times Books Desk; Hearst to sell Rodale Books to PRH; Promotions at Penguin Random House; PNBA Book Award winners, Story Prize finalists announced

    Jacqueline Woodson Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

    During her 2018–2019 term, Woodson will promote her platform, READING = HOPE x CHANGE, which encourages readers to embrace the impact reading can have on creating a more hopeful world.

    Heather Duncan Named MPIBA Executive Director

    Heather Duncan, the former marketing and events director for Tattered Cover Book Store and the president of the MPIBA Board of Directors, will take the reins as executive director on January 22.

    Independent Bookstore Day Ordering Opens January 15

    The Independent Bookstore Day catalog features exclusive, literary-themed merchandise and giveaways for booksellers to showcase on April 28.

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