Headlines for the week of April 26, 2017

    Webinar to Present Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Best Press Kit for Your Store

    On May 11, ABA will host a webinar on creating a press kit that will prepare booksellers for their next conversation with publishers. The webinar will be presented by marketing consultant Maribeth Pelly.

    ABA Board Ballot Deadline May 2

    The deadline for ABA main store members to vote in the 2017 Board of Directors elections is this Tuesday, May 2.

    Register Now for Exclusive ABA Programming at BookExpo

    Programming for American Booksellers Association members attending BookExpo 2017 includes the Celebration of Bookselling lunch, an opportunity to Meet the Editor, and Publicists Speed Dating.

    Sign Up to Send Kids’ Indie Next List eNewsletter This June

    All ABA member stores are invited to sign up for the quarterly Kids’ Indie Next List eNewsletter pilot program, powered by Shelf Awareness.

    Booksellers’ Title Recommendations Sought for 2017 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

    Booksellers at ABC Children’s Group member stores are encouraged to submit title recommendations for the 2017 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog.

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

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

    January–March 2017: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

    The first quarter of 2017 saw seven ABA member store openings and six sales of existing businesses to new owners.

    In Debut Novel, Former Tattered Cover Bookseller Brings Fictional Bookstore to Life

    Booksellers have chosen former Tattered Cover bookseller Matthew Sullivan’s debut novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, for the June 2017 Indie Next List.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Laura Trunkey

    Double Dutch, the Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce debut from Laura Trunkey, “is full of magical short stories that remind me of why I love this genre,” said Susan Hans O’Connor of Penguin Bookshop.

    Utah Tax Commission Releases Parts of Its Sales Tax Deal With Amazon

    On April 14, the Utah Tax Commission released previously confidential details regarding its sales tax agreement with Amazon, which began collecting and remitting sales tax in the state on January 1.

    ABFE Presents Angela Gui With T-Shirt Proceeds at PEN Gala

    At Tuesday’s PEN Gala, ABFE director Chris Finan presented a check to Angela Gui, daughter of imprisoned Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai. The check included proceeds from the sale of a specially designed T-shirt.

    Audrey Eisman, Former ABFFE Coordinator, Dies

    Audrey Eisman, the former coordinator of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, died on Sunday, April 23, following a long illness. She was 79.

    Tips for Safer Computing

    ABA Systems Administrator Josh Harding shares a few tips to help improve the stability of your computer and keep sensitive information safe.

    Ci5 Education Handouts, Backlist Book Swap Title List Now on BookWeb

    ABA members can now access handouts from education sessions held at this month’s ABC Children’s Institute, as well as a complete list of the 169 children’s titles shared at the Backlist Book Swap.

    Ci5: Marley Dias on Her #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign

    Twelve-year-old Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, a campaign to collect and distribute books featuring diverse characters to children, was a featured speaker at the 2017 Children’s Institute.

    Ci5: Rachel Ignotofsky on Illustration as a Tool for Education

    The contributions of women to the fields of science, technology, math, and engineering are often overlooked, but Rachel Ignotofsky is spreading their stories through entertaining, accessible illustrations.

    Bookstores Collaborate on Local Promotions for Independent Bookstore Day

    Groups of booksellers are planning a variety of special promotions and reader challenges in their cities for Independent Bookstore Day, which takes place this Saturday, April 29.

    Indies Prepare Events for Children’s Book Week

    Independent bookstores across the country are preparing to host events for Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of children’s books and literacy sponsored by Every Child a Reader.

    East City Bookshop Hosts “You Have to Read This!”

    East City Bookshop recently invited community members to read their favorite pieces of nonfiction writing at the store’s inaugural literary sharing event, “You Have to Read This!”

    Around Indies

    Flashlight Books to open in California; Brazos Bookstore announces plans for Summer of Jane Austen; Politics & Prose co-owner Lissa Muscatine to publish Hillaryland

    BTW News Briefs

    Man Booker announces shortlist; Ingram promotes, adds staff; Rich Thomas joins HarperCollins Children’s; YouTuber joins BookCon; Lambda Literary Awards to honor Woodson, Winterson; L.A. Times Book Prize winners

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    Angela Gui and Chris Finan

    Angela Gui and ABFE Director Chris Finan hold the T-shirt created by ABFE to raise funds for the campaign to free her father, imprisoned Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai. Finan presented Angela Gui with a check at the PEN Gala on Tuesday, April 25.