Headlines for the week of May 24, 2017

    Communicating With Our Community: A Letter From Outgoing ABA President Betsy Burton

    In her final letter as ABA president, Betsy Burton reflects on years of constructive communication between ABA and individual publishers.

    A Roundup of ABA Programming at BookExpo

    Here is a wrap-up of ABA programming at BookExpo, including exclusive parties and author signings, educational programming, the ABA Town Hall and Annual Membership Meeting, and more.

    Mecca Santana to Discuss “Hiring for Diversity” at BookExpo 2017

    At BookExpo, Mecca Santana, the vice president of diversity and community relations and chief diversity officer for Westchester Medical Health Network, will discuss best practices for hiring diversely.

    Silent Art Auction at BookExpo to Feature Artwork From 125 Illustrators

    Tickets are on sale now for the Silent Art Auction at BookExpo, which will feature artwork from illustrators such as Sophie Blackall, Mark Hoffman, Sydney Hanson, and Ian Schoenherr.

    Exclusive Author Autographing for ABA Members at BookExpo

    On each day of BookExpo 2017, authors and illustrators will be autographing exclusively for booksellers in the ABA Member Lounge & Galley Room on the trade show floor. Here is a look at the participants to date.

    Still Time to Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2017

    David Grogan, ABA’s director of public policy and advocacy, will be at the show to discuss any advocacy issues of concern with booksellers.

    J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Digital Audiobooks Available Through Libro.fm Partner Stores

    Through a partnership between Libro.fm and Pottermore, indie bookstores can now sell digital audiobooks of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all seven titles in the Harry Potter series.

    Candlewick Introduces New Backlist Sales Program for Indies

    Candlewick Press is launching CHIRP Evergreen, an initiative that provides indie bookstores with a unique opportunity to reintroduce titles from Candlewick’s award-winning backlist to their customers.

    June 9 Signup Deadline for Summer/Fall 2017 Indies Introduce Promotions

    ABA member stores new to the Indies Introduce program must sign up by June 9 to take advantage of specials on 10 adult and 10 children’s titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming season.

    The June ’17 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

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

    A Q&A With Mackenzi Lee, Author of the #1 Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Pick

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by independent bookseller Mackenzi Lee is “the summer road-trip adventure you’ve been waiting for,” says Marika McCoola of Porter Square Books.

    Mike Bamberger, Free Speech Defender

    ABFE Director Chris Finan looks back at some of the many cases in which Michael Bamberger, general counsel of Media Coalition and the first recipient of the Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award, has defended the free speech rights of booksellers.

    Video of Webinar on Creating an Effective Bookstore Press Kit Now on BookWeb

    A video of the May 11 webinar on creating an effective bookstore press kit, as well as a checklist of the important information to include, is now available to all ABA member booksellers on BookWeb.org.

    Ci5 Education: Growing Sales With Your Favorite Backlist Titles — What Works, What Doesn’t

    At Children’s Institute, a panel of booksellers shared their perspectives on how best to curate backlist inventory to grow sales and convey their bookstore’s distinct personality.

    Publishers Pledge Funds to Binc Foundation

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has announced that the industry’s leading publishers have committed significant financial support to help the organization provide financial assistance to booksellers facing unexpected challenges.

    “Wildman” Author to Visit Indie Bookstores on Cross-Country Trip to BookExpo

    YA author J.C. Geiger is on a 4,300-mile, interactive road trip from Oregon to NYC and BookExpo to promote his debut novel, Wildman, at independent bookstores and to raise money for public libraries.

    Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction to Retire After 40 Years in Bookselling

    Barbara Theroux, the founder of Fact & Fiction in Missoula, Montana, is retiring at the end of June, after 40 years in the bookselling business.

    Tweet to Author Garners Carmichael’s 1,000 Online Orders in a Day

    After a bookseller at Carmichael’s Bookstore reached out him, author Shea Serrano pointed his sizeable Twitter following to the store’s website, resulting in 1,000 online orders in one day.

    Interabang Books to Open in Dallas in July

    Interabang Books, a full-service, independent bookstore with more than 12,000 titles and a special focus on fiction, children’s books, and creative nonfiction, is scheduled to open in Dallas this July.

    Birthday Buckets Drive Business to MudPuddles

    The Birthday Buckets program at MudPuddles Toys & Books offers young customers the opportunity to fill a bin with the toys and books they want for their birthday and bring it to the attention of friends and family.

    Around Indies

    Her Bookshop on the move; Wesleyan University bookstore opens; River Lights Bookstore to mark 10 years; Bartleby’s Books debuts anti-hate banner; Carol Spurling joins local chamber of commerce board

    BTW News Briefs

    2017 Pannell Award winners revealed; Lerner to distribute Lantana; Simon & Schuster launches #WhatBeachWhatBook; Publishers Lunch releases Buzz Books; Nebula Award winners, CLMP Firecracker Award finalists announced

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    Susannah Richards

    The Silent Art Auction to Benefit ABFE and Every Child a Reader at BookExpo will feature artwork from more than 125 children's illustrators, with auction items coordinated by children's literature advocate Susannah Richards (pictured).