ABA Membership Meeting and Town Hall: Optimism Abounds

    The continuing renaissance of independent booksellers made for an upbeat ABA Annual Membership Meeting, while issues ranging from educational programming and minimum wage increases to ABA Board diversity were among the topics of discussion at the Town Hall.

    Authors Celebrated at Indies Choice Book Awards at BEA

    The 15th annual Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Luncheon recognized the authors and illustrators who have helped to make bookselling meaningful, rewarding, fulfilling, and fun for independent booksellers over the past year.

    ABA Honors Former CEO Avin Mark Domnitz

    During Thursday’s Celebration of Bookselling Lunch, Oren Teicher, current CEO of the American Booksellers Association, honored former CEO Avin Mark Domnitz with the help of ABA presidents past and present.

    Booksellers Find “Meet the Editor” Visits Invaluable

    ABA member booksellers began Wednesday morning at BEA with visits to “Meet the Editor” at various publishers’ offices around New York City. “It was just an incredible, incredible session with some very high caliber editors,” said Matt Miller of Tattered Cover about his experience.

    Independent Bookstore Day Announces Plans for 2016

    The second annual Independent Bookstore Day will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, the event’s organizers announced on Friday.

    Kobo Announces eRead Local Incentive Program for ABA Members

    On Tuesday, Kobo revealed plans for an incentive program aimed at encouraging customers at ABA member stores to give e-reading a try. Set to launch later this summer and to run for 100 days, eRead Local will reward both ABA member stores that acquire new Kobo customers and the customers themselves.

    Jonathan Franzen Discusses New Book “Purity” at BookExpo Opener

    The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen discussed his new book Purity in a conversation with Salon staff writer and co-founder Laura Miller at BookExpo America’s opening event on Wednesday, May 27.

    The June ’15 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.

    Binc Foundation Announces 2015 Higher Education Scholarship Recipients

    The 2015 winners of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Higher Education Scholarships, announced this week, include 53 current bookstore employees/owners and their dependents as well as former Borders Group employees and their dependents.

    Senate Struggles to Extend PATRIOT Act

    The U.S. Senate is deadlocked over proposed changes in the USA PATRIOT Act. It must pass legislation extending several sections of the law before midnight on Sunday, May 31, or they will expire, forcing the government to shut down surveillance programs that it says it needs to protect the country from terrorism.

    Around Indies

    Books Inc. to open new location; BookPeople promotes Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest; Eight stores take part in simultaneous book launch

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    BTW News Briefs

    Award winners: Firecracker Awards, Horn Book Awards; BISG names new executive director; Amazon changes revenue reporting in several EU countries; WNDB partners with YA Runs a 5K