Headlines for the week of August 16, 2017

    Winter Institute 13: Scholarship Application Form Now Open

    Winter Institute 2018 logo

    Booksellers can apply for a chance to win a scholarship to the 2017 Winter Institute by submitting a form on BookWeb or a business card at the ABA booth during the fall regional trade shows.

    A Letter From ABA President Robert Sindelar

    In his bimonthly letter to booksellers, ABA President Robert Sindelar discusses ABA’s new backlist initiative, upcoming educational opportunities, and updates on the work of the Diversity Task Force.

    Registration Continues for “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Workshops

    Registration is underway for ABA’s fall workshop on addressing stereotypes and creating a welcoming environment, which will take place just ahead of the SIBA and MPIBA trade shows.

    New “ABA Learning on Demand” Page Features Webinars and Training Videos

    ABA’s new “ABA Learning on Demand” page on BookWeb.org features videos of members-only webinars on topics including basic sales techniques, creating a press kit, and IndieCommerce and IndieLite.

    Watch for the ABACUS-16 E-Mail on August 23

    On August 23, ABA member stores will receive an e-mail that will include introductory information about ABACUS-16 and instructions on how to access this year’s survey.

    The Autumn 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

    Here is a preview of the 52 titles on the Autumn 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

    New ABA Partnership to Bring British Titles to U.S. Stores

    The American Booksellers Association is partnering with Ingram Content Group and Gardners, the U.K.’s leading book wholesaler, to bring a range of British titles to independent bookstores in the U.S.

    Keep ABA in the Loop About Bookstore Staff Changes

    ABA is asking booksellers to share details about their buyers and other staff to ensure that the correct person at each member bookstore is being notified about exclusive publisher offers.

    Submissions Sought for New Indie Next List Holiday Gift Guide Flier

    Bookseller recommendations are needed for the new annual Indie Next List Holiday Gift Guide flier, which will feature the top adult and children’s gift books across a range of categories.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

    Margot Farris of pages: a bookstore said she “couldn’t help but root for every single character” in Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s A Kind of Freedom.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Diana Harmon Asher

    In Sidetracked, author Diana Harmon Asher “gives us a narrator with a unique voice,” said Dave Shallenberger of Little Shop of Stories.

    Sign Up Now to Send Free Adult and Kids’ Indie Next List E-Newsletters

    The August Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, was delivered to 436,000 customers at 113 ABA member stores.

    Children’s Book Week Display Contest Winners Announced

    The 15 winners of this year’s Children’s Book Week display contest include independent booksellers, schools, and libraries, each of which received a set of books to donate to a local charity.

    The Doylestown Bookshop to Open Second Store: The Lahaska Bookshop

    Glenda Childs, owner of The Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has plans to open The Lahaska Bookshop, a second store in nearby Lahaska, this September.

    Politics & Prose to Open Second New Branch Location This Fall

    Politics & Prose, the iconic Washington, D.C., indie bookstore, has announced plans to open a new store at The Wharf, a new mile-long development on the city’s historic Southwest waterfront.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in June

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 1.5 percent in June 2017 compared to June 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    Fine Print Booksellers opens in Maine; Queens Bookshop Initiative holds soft opening; McLean & Eakin, Another Read Through mark anniversaries; New owners for Cover to Cover; Andover Bookstore, Ellen Plumb’s on the move; Savoy, Bank Square partner with Pequot Museum; Conundrum bookstore launches publishing arm; Water Street Bookstore wins Independent Spirit Award

    BTW News Briefs

    Acquisition talks with Quarto Group end; Louise Burke to retire from S&S; Ryan Doherty named editor of Celadon Books; PEN Center USA Literary Award finalists announced; Winners announced for NEIBA Rusty Drugan Scholarship, NAIBA Handseller of the Year, Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards, Hugo Awards

    The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending August 13, 2017.

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    Chapters Bookshop staff with CBW donations

    Chapters Bookshop in Galax, Virginia, one of 15 winners in the 2017 Children's Book Week Display Contest, will donate all 28 Children's and Teen Choice Book Award-winning titles to the Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Progam. Each winning bookstore, school, and library will donate the full set of books to a local charity.