Headlines for the issue of May 16, 2018

    James Patterson bonus program
    Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Today, James Patterson announced his 2018 pledge to independent bookstore employees: a personal contribution of $250,000 as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program.

    Pencils On Yellow Background
    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, May 11, 2018

    Booksellers can gain a wealth of knowledge from education sessions on successful marketing strategies, diversity and inclusion tactics, and bookseller tools such as BookScan and Edelweiss+.

    By Liz Button on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    The ABA Member Lounge will be the place for booksellers to go for refreshments, one-on-one IndieCommerce consultations, meetings with special vendors, exclusive galleys, and more.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    The deadlines are drawing near for booksellers hoping to sign up to mingle with authors at two stellar events at BookExpo.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    The Hudsons are the editors of the upcoming children’s anthology We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, which contains writing and artwork from 50 of the foremost diverse children’s authors and illustrators.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, May 14, 2018

    Booksellers attending Children’s Institute are invited to submit questions about the Edelweiss+ platform and join one of two “Ask an Edelweiss Expert” sessions being held at the event.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, May 11, 2018

    For just $30, booksellers attending next month’s Children’s Institute can reserve a spot for a chalkboard-lettering workshop with a New Orleans artist or a walking tour of the city’s famed French Quarter.

    By Liz Button on Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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    By Dan Cullen on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Participating bookstores will receive a benchmarking report (including comparative financial ratios, operations data, and company profiles), a customized performance report, and additional online tools.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    The eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading will kick off with a two-hour episode at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 22.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 3.5 percent in March 2018 compared to March 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of May, the year-to-date sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up more than 5 percent over 2017

    Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    BookExpo to feature panel on turning books into films; Otto Penzler launches Penzler Publishers; Former Penguin Group chair Peter Mayer dies; Author Tom Wolfe dies; Innovations in Reading Prize winner, New England Society Book Award winners, British Book Award winners, Shirley Jackson Award nominees announced

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    By Maria Peroni on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    The tax applies to companies that gross at least $20 million per year and will fund affordable housing and homeless services; since its proposal, Amazon — the city’s largest employer — has resisted the measure.

    By Maria Peroni on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    The Senate voted on May 16 to pass a Congressional Review Act resolution that would roll back the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order.

    By Liz Button on Friday, May 11, 2018

    In this newly created position, Brennan will assist the membership department with all of its duties and handle ABA office administration.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Chosen Payments, a national credit card processing company, will offer member booksellers exclusive, low rates as part of ABA’s affinity partnership program.

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    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Booksellers are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about e-commerce marketing tips and tactics, or to schedule a one-on-one session with staff to discuss e-commerce options.

    Summer 2018 Kids' Indie Next List logo
    Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018

    Here is a preview of the 52 titles on the Summer 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Sky in the Deep is the YA fantasy I’ve been waiting for,” said Sarah Green of Vero Beach Book Center in praise of Adrienne Young’s debut novel, a top pick by booksellers for the Summer Kids’ Indie Next List.

    Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018

    Matilda Woodsmiddle grade debut, The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker, “reads like a newly discovered folktale that, once found, becomes essential,” said Sam Miller of Carmichael’s Bookstore.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending May 13, 2018.

    By Liz Button on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
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    Boogie Down Books logo
    By Liz Button on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Boogie Down Books, a “bookstore without walls” run by former English teacher Rebekah Shoaf, stages pop-up events featuring books for kids and teens at borough schools, businesses, and organizations.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    New Orleans bookstores celebrate Independent Bookstore Day; Mysterious Galaxy opens outpost; Bienville Books sold; Elizabeth Jordan named BookPeople CEO; Doylestown Bookshop, Main Street Books mark anniversaries; Village Books gets new café; Vroman’s partners with local magazine; Lonely Planet features top children’s bookstores; Local news highlights bookstores in D.C., the Bronx, Cape Cod, and Albany, New York

    Title: Around Indies

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    Boogie Down Books' Fall Into Reading event

    Since its first "Fall Into Reading" pop-up event in October, Boogie Down Books, a “bookstore without walls” owned by Rebekah Shoaf, has been staging pop-up events for kids, caregivers, and educators at schools, businesses, and organizations around the Bronx.