Headlines for the issue of May 23, 2018

    Scenes from BookExpo
    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, May 21, 2018

    With BookExpo 2018 just one week away, now is a good time to revisit a checklist of recommendations from booksellers who have had success in achieving their key business goals at the show.

    Wednesday events at BookExpo
    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    The trade show floor will feature more than 150 business-to-business exhibitors, and an array of education sessions and networking events will take place throughout the day.

    By Liz Button on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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    Jacqueline Woodson, Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds, Nick Offerman, and David Levithan
    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, May 21, 2018

    ABA member booksellers attending BookExpo will have the opportunity to meet and have galleys signed by authors like Jacqueline Woodson, Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds, Nick Offerman, and David Levithan.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, May 18, 2018

    Booksellers have four opportunities to engage in informal chats with editors in publisher booths between Wednesday, May 30, and Friday, June 1.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Topics include mixed merchandising, buying for margins, disaster preparedness, leveraging e-books and audiobooks, and more.

    ABACUS-17 logo
    By Sydney Jarrard on Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Booksellers can visit the lounge to meet with Michael Becher, who will answer questions about the survey, review the report’s features, and help booksellers prepare for submitting their store’s numbers.

    Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio will focus his talk on the importance of brick-and-mortar stores, serving the modern reader, and the changing landscape of book retail.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, May 21, 2018

    The American Booksellers Association will hold its Town Hall and Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 31, at BookExpo. All ABA members are encouraged to attend.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Thursday, May 17, 2018

    More than 150 pieces of original art will be up for grabs from authors such as Sophie Blackall, Floyd Cooper, Matthew Cordell, Emily Arnold McCully, Aliki, Chris Raschka, Nidhi Chanani, and Lita Judge.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Risbridger will dive into the most recent trends in children’s books, including genre, format, buyer behavior, and more, and attendees will emerge with new insights to help them maximize their business.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation will host a fundraising game at next month’s Children’s Institute, where booksellers can donate money to Binc by buying flashing pins for a chance to win $250.

    By Liz Button on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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    Book Marks Review System
    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The American Booksellers Association is partnering with Literary Hub’s Book Marks to bring professional reviews to book pages on IndieBound and IndieCommerce sites.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    PBS’ The Great American Read premiered on May 22, kicking off the voting process during which readers across the nation are invited to cast a ballot for their favorite book.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Sourcebooks is known for challenging the conventional, creating conversations, relentless innovation, and creating new kinds of business for its retail partners, including independent bookstores, Raccah says.

    Posted on Friday, May 18, 2018

    The program will bring up-and-coming booksellers from around the country to BookExpo 2018 for the opportunity to be fully immersed in the book industry.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The scholarship that encourages booksellers traditionally underrepresented in the industry to attend their regional trade show is back for a second year.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    NBF to expand programming; Rare Bird Books and Book Passage launch display contest for bookstores; Author Philip Roth dies; Roz Parr to step down at Vintage Anchor; PRH Canada gains new CEO; Promotions at Penguin and Viking Children’s; Bonnier and GLAAD to release LGBT-themed series for kids; 2018 Man Booker International Prize winner, Nebula Award winners, Chautauqua Prize winner announced

    Indies Introduce logo
    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, May 21, 2018

    ABA member stores new to the Indies Introduce program must sign up by June 8 to take advantage of specials on 10 adult and 10 children’s titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming season.

    Callout for ABC Best Books catalog titles
    Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018

    The ABC Children’s Group is asking booksellers to submit their recommendations for children’s books to be featured in the 2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, May 21, 2018

    The program invites booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, or bookstore shoppers to share why they think an indie bookstore employee should receive a holiday grant.

    ABFE Free Speech Report
    By David Grogan on Monday, May 14, 2018

    “Every day, attempts to hinder or to outright ban our right to free expression continue at an alarming pace in this country and around the globe. And in many ways, it is a death by a thousand paper cuts,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

    Scissors cutting out a special offer coupon
    By Liz Button on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Last week’s online marketing roundtable for booksellers featured tips for offering coupons to customers. The next roundtable will take place in-person at BookExpo.

    By Liz Button on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
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    There There cover
    By Liz Button on Friday, May 18, 2018

    There There by Tommy Orange, June’s number-one Indie Next List title, is “the kind of book that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go,” according to Heather Weldon of Changing Hands Bookstore.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018

    “This madcap adventure is possibly the zaniest I have ever encountered,” said Katie McGinley of Wild Rumpus about Heider’s debut, The Mortification of Fovea Munson.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018

    MEM by debut author Bethany C. Morrow imagines a world where humans have found a way to extract unwanted memories and implant them in another being that looks and sounds just like the original.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Last weekend marked the launch of the Colorado Children’s Book Festival, the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, and the Bronx Book Festival.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Split Rock Books, Biblio-Tech Café, Shakespeare & Co. to open in New York; Expansions and renovations for Monkey and Dog Books, Prairie Pages, Brace Books; The Book Barn, the river’s end, BookBar mark anniversaries; Chapters Bookshop owner joins city council; Bustle looks at genre bookstores; Local news highlights stores in Boston, New York City, and Shelbyville, Indiana

    Title: Around Indies
    Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    The next issue of Bookselling This Week will arrive in inboxes on Friday, June 1, with reports and photos from BookExpo 2018.

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    The Great American Read at Beach Books

    Indie bookstores including Beach Books in Seaside, Oregon, posted photos on social media to hype the premiere of The Great American Read on PBS and to encourage people to go online and vote for America's favorite book.