Registration Opens for Celebration of Bookselling, Meet the Editor, Publicists Speed Dating at BookExpo

    Booksellers can now register for the American Booksellers Association’s programming exclusively for members who will be attending BookExpo 2017 next month in New York City.

    Children’s Book Week Display Contest Kicks Off April 24

    Independent bookstores, libraries, and schools are invited to participate in this year’s One World, Many Stories display contest for a chance to win a set of children’s and young adult books.

    Baker & Taylor Kids First Promo Ends Friday

    Baker & Taylor’s special discount for ABA members on all children’s and young adult trade books ends this Friday, April 21.

    ABA Board Ballot Deadline May 2

    All ABA main store members are reminded to cast their ballots to choose a new ABA president and vice president and three directors to serve on the 2017 Board.

    Nominees for 2017 WNBA Pannell Awards Announced

    The nominees for the Women’s National Book Association’s 2017 WNBA Pannell Awards include 18 general bookstores and 19 children’s specialty bookstores.

    ABA Member Lounge at BookExpo to Feature Galley Room, Author Autographings, Service Providers & More

    The ABA Member Lounge at BookExpo will be the place for booksellers to go for refreshments, one-on-one IndieCommerce consultations, exclusive author signings and galleys, and more.

    Party With the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses at BookExpo

    The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses is inviting all booksellers attending BookExpo 2017 to the CLMP Small Press Mingle on Tuesday, May 30, at the organization’s offices in NYC.

    Deadline for Silent Auction Art Donations Extended to May 8

    The deadline for artists and publishers to donate art to the Silent Art Auction at BookExpo to benefit ABFE and Every Child a Reader has been extended to Monday, May 8.

    J. Robert Lennon on “Broken River,” May’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    “Undeniably bizarre in its plot, yet unsettlingly real in its exploration of marriage, childhood, and regret, Broken River is classic indie bookstore fare,” said Annie Metcalf of Magers & Quinn Booksellers.

    Reading Without Walls Bingo: Materials Now Available for Download

    Booksellers can bring Reading Without Walls bingo to their stores with a variety of downloadable promotional materials specially designed for the ABC Children’s Group summer reading program.

    “A Child of Books” Printed Gift Certificates Now Available

    A new printed gift certificate design featuring artwork from Candlewick Press’ A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston can be ordered now on

    ABA Satisfaction Survey Seeks to Find Out What Members Think

    As planning begins in earnest for the summer and fall months, ABA is asking all bookstore members to reflect on their ABA experiences and complete the 2017 Member Satisfaction Survey.

    Input Sought From Children’s Institute Attendees

    Booksellers who attended this month’s ABC Children’s Institute are asked to complete a short survey that will provide ABA with valuable insights and ideas for next year’s event.

    Take Note: Last-Minute Tips to Promote Independent Bookstore Day

    With less than two weeks left to promote the April 29 celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, these social media and marketing tips will help booksellers make the most of the time remaining.

    Vote Now to Choose Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners

    The owners and staff at all ABA member stores are invited to cast their ballots to choose the winners of the 2017 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The voting deadline is April 30.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Amy Liptrot

    Amy Liptrot is the author of the Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce debut The Outrun, a “stunningly written journal of recovery,” said Darwin Ellis of Books on the Common.

    AAP to Honor Hong Kong Publisher Imprisoned in China

    Attendees at the annual PEN America dinner on Tuesday, April 25, will pause to honor Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who is being held without charge on the Chinese mainland.

    Ci5: Jason Reynolds on His Journey From Reluctant Reader to Award-Winning Author

    In his breakfast keynote speech at the ABC Children’s Institute, author Jason Reynolds told booksellers how not finding his childhood experiences reflected in books shaped his journey as a writer.

    Ci5: Delivering a Deep-Dive Analysis of Trends in Children’s Books

    Allison Risbridger of NPD Book broke down the numbers during the Children’s Institute featured talk “Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Trends and Findings in Children’s Bookselling.”

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in February

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by three percent in February 2017 compared to February 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Cellar Door Books Celebrates St. Jordi’s Day With Books and Roses

    This Sunday, Cellar Door Books in Riverside, California, will celebrate St. Jordi’s Day, the Catalan holiday in honor of Saint George that encourages people to exchange a book and a rose with a loved one.

    Around Indies

    Serendipity Books in the works for Connecticut; Saturn Booksellers, Tribeca GalleryCafe, East City Bookshop to celebrate birthdays; Firefly Books relocates; Content Bookstore, Bookie’s Paperbacks to grow; G.J. Ford Bookshop lands role in film

    BTW News Briefs

    Best Children’s Books of the Year published; PRH launches #ProjectReadathon; Johns Hopkins University Press to support AAUP residencies; Books for a Better Life, Jackson Poetry Prize winners, Southern Book Prize finalists announced

    The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending April 16, 2017.