In an e-mail on Wednesday, July 22, ABA invited bookstore members to add their names to its July 13 letter to the U.S. Department of Justice. Last week, in an unprecedented joint action, booksellers, authors, and literary agents called on the DOJ to investigate the business practices of Amazon.com.
Though the reported number of book challenges has fallen, statistics do not give a full picture, says ABFE Director Chris Finan. “The reality is that censorship is still a problem in this country, and most of the victims are kids. Sometimes books are literally taken out of their hands.”
Through July 31, Publishers Weekly is accepting nominations for PW Star Watch, a program designed to recognize exceptional emerging talent in the U.S. book trade. Candidates may come from any segment of the industry, including publishing, bookselling, and libraries, as long as they are based in the U.S.
A crowd of thousands is expected at the first annual Mississippi Book Festival, which is scheduled for August 22 at the State Capitol in Jackson. Indie booksellers are looking forward to promoting new and established authors, as well as the state’s great literary tradition.
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