ABA Town Hall and Annual Membership Meetings on May 28 at BEA

    ABA is encouraging all members to attend its 2015 Annual Membership Meeting, to be held on Thursday, May 28, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., in Room 1E15/16 of the Javits Convention Center in New York City during BEA.

    Senate Vote Due on USA FREEDOM Act

    Key sections of the USA PATRIOT Act are set to expire on June 1. The U.S. House has overwhelmingly approved the FREEDOM Act, which extends the expiring sections but includes protections for the privacy of personal information. However, there may not be enough votes to pass this new legislation in the Senate.

    Elm Street Books Wins Children’s Book Week Display Contest

    The award for this year’s Children’s Book Week Display Contest goes to Elm Street Books in New Canaan, Connecticut, for its creative window display inspired by the official Children’s Book Week poster.

    The Summer 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

    Here is a look at the top 10 children’s titles for the summer publishing season and an additional 37 titles organized by age group featured on the Summer 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

    Celebration Lunch to Feature Award Winners, Tribute to Former ABA CEO

    Five of this year’s Indies Choice and E.B. White award-winning authors and illustrators will be at next week’s Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch, along with a number of honor award recipients and Indie Next List favorites. The event will also feature a special tribute to former ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz.

    BEA Bookseller-Oriented Education Includes Sessions on Graphic Novels and Social Media

    BookExpo America is presenting a wide array of educational programming and special events at next week’s industry-wide convention, including several sessions specifically developed with indie booksellers in mind.

    ABA’s Member Lounge: Camaraderie, Author Signings, Service Providers & More

    As always, the ABA Member Lounge at BEA will be the exclusive place for booksellers to relax, have a snack, and meet with their colleagues from across the country. But this year’s lounge offers so much more.

    Indies Choice Winner Anthony Doerr on All the Light We Cannot See and the Support of Indies

    Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, talks to BTW about what the support of independent booksellers has meant to the success of his book. Doerr will be at the May 28 Celebration of Bookselling to receive the Indies Choice Book of the Year Award for Fiction.

    San Francisco Booksellers Welcome Mayor’s B2B Shop Local Campaign

    Longtime Bay Area small business advocates Pete Mulvihill, co-owner of Green Apple Books, and Hut Landon, NCIBA executive director, this week welcomed the launch of SF Biz Connect, a citywide business-to-business shop local campaign.

    ABA Members Voice Concerns at Small Business Majority Leadership Summit

    Booksellers expressing concerns on a range of issues during the Small Business Majority’s first-ever Small Business Leadership Summit last week included incoming ABA President Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop, Bradley Graham of Politics & Prose, Christin Evans of The Booksmith and Kepler’s Books, and Kris Kleindienst of Left Bank Books.

    Booksellers Play Key Role in Reader Privacy Fight

    With a Senate vote on the FREEDOM Act expected soon, ABFE Director Chris Finan takes the opportunity to look back at how the fight for reader privacy began 17 years ago, when subpoenas for a customer’s records were issued to two Washington, D.C., bookstores.

    Op-Ed: Minimum Wage Issue Needs Realistic Policy Solutions & Association Input

    Hazel Roos, a prospective bookseller and provisional ABA member, is the owner of Paint Away, a pottery painting and glass fusing studio in Redmond, Washington. This op-ed on the minimum wage is adapted from an e-mail she recently sent to ABA.

    Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BEA

    Booksellers attending BEA are invited to schedule a time to talk to ABA Senior Public Policy Analyst David Grogan at the show about any advocacy issues of concern — whether it’s minimum wage, access to capital, e-fairness, healthcare, or other public policy issues impacting their business.

    Meet Ryan Quinn, ABA’s New IndieCommerce Specialist

    Ryan Quinn brings 12 years’ experience in e-commerce customer support to her new position as an IndieCommerce specialist at ABA.

    Children’s Institute Panel Offers Best Practices for Greater Diversity

    At the Children’s Institute in Pasadena last month, booksellers and authors at the forefront of the We Need Diverse Books movement shared a host of strategies on how best to promote diverse messages and content through in-store displays, events, and hiring practices.

    Reminder: Spring Forum Slideshow Available Online

    The PowerPoint presentation from ABA’s Spring Forum education session, “Exploring New Markets,” is now available via BookWeb.org.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Kelly Jones

    Kelly Jones is the author of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, a Spring 2015 Indies Introduce debut title for middle-grade readers. Tegan Tigani of Queen Anne Book Company said this Summer Kids’ Indie Next List pick was “sweet and funny, with a touch of magic and tons of chickens!”

    Around Indies

    Just Write! connects Village Books to writing community; Penguin Bookshop launches writers series; The Writer’s Block to bring education, events to Las Vegas; Third Place Books owner Ron Sher featured; California’s Bay Books offers personal touch

    BTW News Briefs

    Bookseller essays sought for new series; Children’s Book Council to receive BEA’s Industry Ambassador Award; PEN to stage “Shadow Expo” during BEA to shed light on Chinese censorship; Los Angeles preliminarily approves $15 minimum wage 

    The Indie Mystery & Thriller Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending May 17, 2015.