Headlines for the week of March 26, 2015

    Joyce Meskis Announces Plans to Retire, Len Vlahos and Kristen Gilligan to Acquire Controlling Interest in Tattered Cover

    Today, March 26, Tattered Cover Book Store owner Joyce Meskis announced a two-year timeframe to pass control of the business to book industry veterans Len Vlahos and Kristen Gilligan, his wife.

    Voting Opens for 2015 Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Finalists

    With the announcement today of the finalists for the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, booksellers at American Booksellers Association member stores across the country will begin voting to choose the winners in eight categories.

    Reserve Now for ABA Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch

    Up to three booksellers per ABA member store can now book their reservations for ABA’s 2015 Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch, to be held on Thursday, May 28, at BEA.

    Ballot for ABA Board Elections to Arrive Monday by E-mail

    All main store members of the American Booksellers Association will be receiving an e-mail on Monday, March 30, with a link to the ballot to elect a new president, vice president/secretary, and three directors to serve on the ABA Board.

    The April ’15 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

    The April Indie Next List’s 12 “Now in Paperback” titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

    ABA Forums Head to West Coast in April

    ABA is inviting booksellers to three Booksellers Forums to be held on the West Coast from April 7 to 12: in Lake Forest Park, Washington, on April 7; in North Hollywood, California, on April 9; and in San Francisco, California, on April 12.

    Literary Hub Gears Up for April 8 Launch

    With ever-changing content, including essays, excerpts, interviews, and bookstore profiles, Literary Hub is poised to become a daily go-to website for readers engaged in the literary world.

    Tickets on Sale Now for ABC/CBC Lunch & Tea at BEA

    Tickets are now on sale for two perennial favorites for children’s booksellers at BEA. The events, sponsored by the ABC Children’s Group at ABA and the Children’s Book Council, are the Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Authors and the Tea With Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators.

    Lower AmEx Rate Now Available Through Bancard

    Bookstores working with Bancard Systems, the American Booksellers Association’s affiliated credit card processing company, will be seeing lower rates for accepting American Express credit cards. 

    In Case You Missed It: What POS Vendors Are Doing to Prepare Booksellers for EMV Chip Cards

    Here, six point-of-sale (POS) vendors provide an update on their work to help booksellers transition to EMV chip card technology by fall 2015.

    Bookstores Strategize for Screen-Free Week 2015

    There are a variety of ways for booksellers to get involved in this year’s annual celebration of Screen-Free Week, which takes place from May 4 – 10 and coincides with Children’s Book Week.

    Bringing Your Drupal IndieCommerce Site to Life


    With all but a few stores’ website content now successfully copied, upgraded, and transferred to IndieCommerce’s new Drupal 7 platform, attention is turning to the final step of the migration.

    Treeline Analytics Tips & Tricks: Prioritize on Metrics

    In the first of a new monthly column offering best practices for making the most of the wealth of tools provided by Treeline Analytics, Joe Foster shows booksellers a few tips for using the Prioritize on Metrics graph.

    Small Press Profile: Charlesbridge Offers a Diverse List for Lifelong Learning

    Bookselling This Week talks with Charlesbridge, which produces high-quality, engaging books that promote discovery, wonder, and a positive world view.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Nina MacLaughlin

    Nina MacLaughlin is the author of the Spring 2015 Indies Introduce adult nonfiction title Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, which Carol Schneck Varner of Schuler Books & Music called “an absolutely fascinating memoir.”

    ChicoBag Affinity Program: A Rewarding Partnership

    ChicoBag sells fun, eco-friendly fabric bags that come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and through ABA’s ChicoBag affinity program, member stores can order these unique and custom products at a discount.

    ABFE Joins Latest Appeal for Patriot Act Reform

    On Wednesday, ABFE joined a letter signed by more than 40 civil liberties and human rights groups, trade associations, and major Internet and technology companies that urges President Obama and Congressional leaders to end the collection of the personal information of millions of Americans by the NSA.

    Despite Small Footprint, Wild Iris Delivers Big on Mission

    As Florida’s only feminist bookstore, Wild Iris Books goes well beyond its four walls to create a place for social, cultural, and educational events that celebrate diversity and originality.

    Around Indies

    Boswell Book Company’s Goldin honored; Bloomsbury Books turns 35; The Book Shelf mounts an Indiegogo campaign

    BTW News Briefs

    Man Booker International Prize finalists announced; HarperCollins unveils Go Set a Watchman cover; Ferguson librarian to receive Lemony Snicket Noble Librarians Prize; English PEN Hessell-Tiltman 2015 shortlist announced; Russian publisher to receive International Freedom to Publish Award

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    All ABA bookstore members in good standing are entitled to four free two-week Classified Ad insertions in Bookselling This Week each year.

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    Screen-Free Week, taking place May 4 – 10 this year, will give booksellers the opportunity to help children and families rediscover the many enjoyable activities — such as reading — that life has to offer beyond the screen.

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