Children’s Institute Celebrates Diversity, Growing Children’s Market

    This week, approximately 190 booksellers converged in Pasadena for the 2015 ABC Children’s Institute. The packed schedule included education sessions on topics from birthday parties to story times, and presentations from authors such as Jeff Kinney, Marla Frazee, and Jewell Parker Rhodes.

    April 30 Deadline for Board Election Ballots

    All ballots to elect a new president, vice president/secretary, and three directors to serve on the ABA’s Board of Directors must be cast by midnight EDT on April 30 in order to be counted.

    May 1 Deadline for Hotel ABA Reservations

    Don’t miss out on the special ABA member rate at the Grand Hyatt New York, this year’s Hotel ABA at BEA. The deadline is May 1.

    Authors to Autograph in ABA Member Lounge at BEA

    Among the authors scheduled to autograph in the ABA Member Lounge at BEA are Jonathan Franzen, the Opening Day Spotlight speaker, and seven of the eight speakers at this year’s Book and Author Breakfasts.

    The May ’15 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

    The May Indie Next List’s 12 “Now in Paperback” titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

    Final Spring Forums This Week in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts

    The last of ABA’s 10 spring Booksellers Forums of 2015 will be held on April 28 and 29 in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts, respectively. The programs are free and open to ABA members and non-members alike.

    Children’s Art Auction: Tickets on Sale Now, Special Student Price Added

    Tickets are on sale now for the Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception at BEA. The event, which this year honors author Judy Blume, will auction off hundreds of works of art donated by some of the top artists and illustrators working in the book industry today.

    Registration Still Open for “Meet the Editor,” “Publicists Speed Dating” at BEA

    Booksellers can still sign up for “Meet the Editor,” which is returning to BookExpo America following its debut in 2014, as well as “Publicists Speed Dating,” ABA’s newest bookseller/publisher networking event.

    Village Books & Paper Dreams to Open in Lynden, Washington

    Village Books & Paper Dreams founders and co-owners Chuck and Dee Robinson have announced plans to open a branch store in Lynden, Washington, 20 miles north of their flagship location in Bellingham.

    Community Support Advances Opening of Phoenix Books in Rutland

    Vermont’s Phoenix Books is using a “community supported enterprise” model to open a 2,400-square-foot space in Rutland this August. This will be the third store for Mike DeSanto and Renée Reiner, his wife and business partner.

    Indies’ Efforts Restore Mississippi Newspaper’s Book Coverage

    Last year, Mississippi’s independent booksellers and the University Press of Mississippi began working together to revitalize the Books pages in the Jackson-based Clarion-Ledger. Since then, the section’s resurgence has enlivened the state’s literary culture.

    Eat, Sleep, Read…Order! ChicoBag Offers Discount on Top Three IndieBound Slogans

    For a limited time, ChicoBag is offering the top three IndieBound slogans most requested by ABA members on original-style bags for half the suggested retail price.

    Equity-Based Crowdfunding: The Answer for Small Business Capital?

    The SBA Office of Advocacy has released an issue brief that examines the potential impact of new SEC rules for equity-based crowdfunding, which are expected to be released this fall.

    Banned Books Week to Feature YA Titles

    The success of Young Adult books has a lot of people celebrating, but it has outraged others. To draw attention to the growing number of challenges to YA titles, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have chosen to make YA books the focus of this year’s celebration.

    Discounted Admission Available for 2015 PEN World Voices Festival

    More than 100 writers from 30 countries will gather in New York City from May 4 to 10, at the 11th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, where the theme will be “On Africa.” Booksellers are invited to use a special discount code for online ticket orders and to share the code with their customers.

    New POS Online Discussion Forums Added to BookWeb

    To facilitate conversations that began during the Roundtable Discussions on POS Systems at Winter Institute 10, and to foster new discussions, six new booksellers-only online forums were recently added to BookWeb.org.

    Around Indies

    New indie opens in eastern Illinois; Elliott Bay Café to become Little Oddfellows; river’s end welcomes cash mob; Common Good Books celebrates Poetry Month with contest winners; Thriving indies among reasons to love Missoula

    BTW News Briefs

    All the Light We Cannot See wins Pulitzer Prize; NRF contest celebrates small retailers’ contributions to advocacy; BEA to host publishing technology startup competition for second year; De Gruyter to distribute Columbia University Press e-books

    The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending April 19, 2015.