Headlines for the week of July 23, 2015

    Registration Open for ABA Human Resources Workshops

    ABA has opened registration for the Human Resources Workshop, a new in-depth education event, to be offered twice this fall to owners and managers of ABA member stores.

    Bookstores Can Add Their Names to ABA’s Letter to DOJ

    In an e-mail on Wednesday, July 22, ABA invited bookstore members to add their names to its July 13 letter to the U.S. Department of Justice. Last week, in an unprecedented joint action, booksellers, authors, and literary agents called on the DOJ to investigate the business practices of Amazon.com.

    311 Reasons to Celebrate Banned Books Week

    Though the reported number of book challenges has fallen, statistics do not give a full picture, says ABFE Director Chris Finan. “The reality is that censorship is still a problem in this country, and most of the victims are kids. Sometimes books are literally taken out of their hands.”

    April–June 2015: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

    The second quarter of 2015 saw 14 ABA member store openings and four sales of existing businesses to new owners. 

    PW Star Watch Seeks to Honor Top Industry Talent

    Through July 31, Publishers Weekly is accepting nominations for PW Star Watch, a program designed to recognize exceptional emerging talent in the U.S. book trade. Candidates may come from any segment of the industry, including publishing, bookselling, and libraries, as long as they are based in the U.S.

    Kobo Writing Life: Tips for Working Collaboratively With Indie Authors

    Christine Munroe of Kobo Writing Life offers information and resources to help indie bookstores promote the works of self-published authors who are eager to work with them.

    Online Forums Offer Opportunities for Bookseller Interaction, Idea Sharing

    Changing Hands co-owner Bob Sommer has found BookWeb’s discussion forums to be a prime way to share ideas and network with his bookselling colleagues when in-person meetings are not possible.

    Mississippi Indies Have High Hopes for First Annual Book Festival

     A crowd of thousands is expected at the first annual Mississippi Book Festival, which is scheduled for August 22 at the State Capitol in Jackson. Indie booksellers are looking forward to promoting new and established authors, as well as the state’s great literary tradition.

    Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe to Open Second Location

    This month, Thomas G. Roberts and Joseph J. Justin, co-owners of Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe in Warwick, New York, will open a branch in Greenwood Lake, New York.

    Chuck Robinson’s Cross-Country Bike Tour Comes to an Unexpected End

    Village Books co-owner Chuck Robinson, who set out in mid-June on a 2,400-mile bicycling tour for charity, has cut his trip short after taking a spill and earning himself several broken ribs.

    Obituary: Scott Meyer

    Scott Meyer, owner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, New York, died on July 19.

    Around Indies

    Anderson’s Bookshops set to open branch in La Grange; New bookstore fills niche in Cody, Wyoming; Rizzoli to reopen flagship store this weekend; Island Books owners pass the torch; Suzy Staubach reflects on 34 years at UConn Co-op

    BTW News Briefs

    Midwest Booksellers Choice Award winners announced; Go Set a Watchman becomes fastest-selling book in HarperCollins’ history; Deadline approaches for 2016 PEN Literary Awards title submissions

    The Indie Biography & Memoir Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending July 19, 2015.

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