Winter Institute Registration More Than 90 Percent Full

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    With the 2017 Winter Institute now almost booked to capacity, booksellers who are interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible and then contact ABA Meetings and Planning Officer Jill Perlstein regarding hotel accommodations.

    Indie Next List E-Newsletter Signup Underway

    ABA member stores can sign up now to offer their customers a new monthly Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness. The free store-branded newsletter will be available this fall.

    Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce Signup Open

    Booksellers who are planning to participate in the Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce program should sign up now and make a note to stop by ABA’s booth at the regional trade shows to check out the newest crop of titles.

    Start Planning for Indies First on Small Business Saturday

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    Now is the time for booksellers to start making arrangements to host authors as honorary booksellers for Indies First on Small Business Saturday, which is just nine weeks away.

    A Q&A With Brit Bennett, Author of October’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Brit Bennett’s debut novel, The Mothers, is “an honest, modern, and triumphant book” that explores the kind of salvation “that comes with self-acceptance and growth,” said Women & Children First’s Jamie Thomas.

    Macmillan to Offer Expedited Shipping October Through December

    Macmillan Publishers will be implementing expedited shipping for independent retailers’ reorders from October 3 through December 23, 2016.

    ABA Education at PNBA & Heartland Shows Features ABACUS & IndieCommerce One-on-Ones

    ABA will present the education session “Understanding and Acting on Your ABACUS-15 Report” and IndieCommerce one-on-one meetings at the upcoming Pacific Northwest and Heartland trade shows.

    Seven Indies to Host “A Night of Silenced Voices”

    Seven bookstores in different parts of the country will celebrate “A Night of Silenced Voices” on September 27, during Banned Books Week.

    Amazon to Collect Sales Tax on D.C. Purchases

    Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Washington, D.C., in October. The decision appears to be related to Amazon’s desire to open a storefront location in the District.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Sandra Evans

    Sandra Evans is the author of the Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce middle-grade debut This Is Not a Werewolf Story, which Lisa Nehs of Books & Company said is “a wonderful mix of mythology, mystery, and suspense.”

    Parnassus to Auction Author-Decorated Piggy Banks to Benefit Booksellers

    Parnassus Books will launch an auction in-store and online this Sunday on more than 100 author-decorated piggy banks to help offset medical expenses for a store employee with cancer and to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

    Northshire Bookstore Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

    On Saturday, September 17, publishers, authors, friends, and staff gathered at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, for a dinner and cocktail celebration in honor of the shop’s 40th anniversary. 

    Seattle’s Open Books: A Poem Emporium Opens Under New Ownership

    Billie Swift, the new owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium in Seattle, Washington, officially reopened the poetry-only store with a festive party on Saturday, September 17.

    Jack and Allie’s Celebrates Islamic Culture

    Barbara Kahn, owner of Jack and Allie’s children’s bookstore in Vernon, Connecticut, is making a special effort to engage the area’s Muslim population by carrying books reflecting the Muslim faith and hosting Islamic events for kids.

    Four Booksellers Recognized by PW as Rising Stars

    Wintaye Gebru of Left Bank Books was one of five finalists for this year’s PW Star Watch program; three other indie booksellers were among the program’s 40 honorees.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by 0.9 percent in July 2016 compared to July 2015, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Recent Literary Award Winners and Finalists

    Here are some of the literary award winners and finalists announced over the past week.

    Around Indies

    Books and Crannies opens in Virginia; Milkweed Books holds grand opening; Let’s Play Books! grows, goes general-interest; Spellbound debuts kids’ reading room; A Room of One’s Own explores co-op model; Books & Books’ Mitchell Kaplan honored; Scuppernong’s “Ask a Muslim Anything” events spark conversation

    BTW News Briefs

    Writers Digest Banned Books Week sale to benefit ABFE; Brian O’Leary named new BISG executive director; Reading Without Walls Challenge pilot program begins; Amazon Books to open Boston-area store; Ingram Content Group adds three new associates

    The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending September 11, 2016.


    Last week’s announcement of the Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce program should have included Middle Grade/YA panelist Romy Griepp of Once Upon a Time.