Winter Institute Registration to Open in Mid-September

With preparations for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Winter Institute well underway, ABA has announced plans to open registration in mid-September.

Order Now for Banned Books Week Discounts, Promotional Kit

Booksellers who place orders for 30 or more books from an expanded list of banned or challenged titles before October 3 will receive an additional discount from Ingram, as well as a free “Banned Books Week in a Box” display kit.

Show Your Creativity: August 29 Deadline for Wi10 Design Contest

Help ABA and your fellow booksellers commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Winter Institute: Submit an original, fun, energetic T-shirt design by next Friday, August 29, and have a chance to win $150.

The Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List

Here’s a look at the 51 titles featured on the Autumn Kids’ Indie Next List, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box mailing.

Videos, Handouts From Institute Sessions Bring Learning to the Bookstore

As a benefit of ABA membership, booksellers have unlimited access to all session videos and handouts from 2014’s ABC Children’s Institute, as well as handouts and select videos from Winter Institute 9 and other educational resources. 

Regionals to Collaborate on 2015 National Independent Bookstore Day

The nine regional bookseller associations announced late last week that they were partnering to collaboratively support a national Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, 2015. 

BookPeople’s Bookstore Day Strikes Chord With Local Community

BookPeople’s first National Bookstore Day for the BookPeople Nation celebrated the local spirit of Austin, Texas, during one of the store’s quieter sales seasons. “We got terrific local press,” said co-owner Steve Bercu, and “we were the number-one pick in the daily paper for what to do over the weekend.”

A Very Bookish Vacation

Earlier this month while on vacation in Alaska, ABA CEO Oren Teicher and his wife, Alison Greene, punctuated their exploration of the area’s natural beauty with stops at 10 ABA member stores in Alaska, Canada, and Washington State.

An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Michael Pitre

Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre, a former Marine Corps officer who deployed twice to Iraq, is “a mesmerizing debut set in the Iraq war and its aftermath,” said Bill Cusumano of Nicola’s Books. Here, Pitre talks about the inspiration for his debut novel, how literature can help us understand the experiences of America’s military men and women, and more.

Pages of the Past Draws Patrons From Near and Far

In Pages of the Past, Julie and Lucas Cade have created a history bookstore that holds equal appeal for local community members and visitors to the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, area.

New & Ongoing E-Book Promotions

One e-book promotion was recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page, featuring titles from Hugo Award-winning author Ann Leckie.

Around Indies

Boston makes way for Ducklings Storytime Store at Faneuil Hall; Candlewick, Porter Square bring children’s books to farmer’s market; Knoxville’s Union Avenue Books thrives

BTW News Briefs

National Book Award winners, finalists to appear at Miami Book Fair; German authors protest Amazon retaliation tactics; 2014 Hugo Award winners  announced; Louise Erdrich named winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize; Lambda Literary Awards submission period opens

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending August 17, 2014.

New Phone Number for Kobo Writing Life

The phone number for Christine Munroe provided in last week’s article on the Kobo Writing Life event at Fiction Addiction has changed.