A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

    In his bimonthly letter, ABA’s CEO discusses the recently concluded Spring Booksellers Forums and next month’s BEA; the chance for booksellers to effect change through participation in the New Localism movement; and the opportunities presented by the new Indie Next List “Years of Discovery” Campaign.

    BEA 2016: Lounge Autographing/Galley Room, Publicists Speed Dating, Town Hall/Annual Membership Meeting & Other Reminders

    Before BEA kicks off next week at McCormick Place in Chicago, here are some final reminders about author autographing and the galley room in the ABA Member Lounge, Publicists Speed Dating, the ABA Town Hall and Annual Membership Meeting, discounted parking, and more.

    Second Independent Bookstore Day a Hit at Stores Nationwide

    Indie booksellers reported bustling stores, extraordinary sales, happy customers, and soaring community spirit following Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.

    Julia Alvarez to Speak at Children’s Institute on Discovering Reading and Writing

    Award-winning author Julia Alvarez will close next month’s Children’s Institute with a talk about her unlikely path to becoming a passionate reader and writer and how stories can shape the lives of children.

    Elizabeth J. Church on The Atomic Weight of Love, May’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Here, author Elizabeth J. Church discusses the unique experience of growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, and how her youth shaped and inspired her debut novel, The Atomic Weight of Love.

    Children’s Institute Registration Deadline May 20

    Space at next month’s ABC Children’s Institute is now limited. Registration will close on Friday, May 20, or once the institute reaches capacity, whichever comes first.

    May 6 Deadline for Children’s Book Week Display Contest Entries

    Children’s Book Week display contest entries must be submitted to ABC Children’s Group Manager Matthew Zoni by May 6.

    AAP’s Bookjobs.com Now Open to Bookstore Job Postings

    The Association of American Publishers is encouraging booksellers to post their open staff positions on the organization’s Bookjobs.com website, which is widely used by young book-loving professionals to search for entry-level jobs and internship positions.


    June Indie Next List Flier Offers Customer Sweepstakes, Easier Store Branding

    The June Indie Next List flier, arriving in stores in the May Red Box, features a prominent space on the front page for store branding, three additional “Now in Paperback” titles, and a coupon for a customer sweepstakes.

    Booksellers Win Ruling Against Louisiana Internet Restriction

    Two New Orleans bookstores have won an important battle in their challenge to a Louisiana law that would require them to verify the age of visitors to their store websites.

    South Dakota Sues Remote Retailers Over Sales Tax, Retailers Sue South Dakota

    Two groups are challenging each other over sales tax collection in South Dakota, but their goal is likely the same: To take U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy up on his invitation to legally define nexus in a technological era far different than when the court last considered the issue.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Lindsay Eagar

    Lindsay Eagar is the author of Hour of the Bees, a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut title for middle-grade readers. Drew Sieplinga of Wild Rumpus Books called Hour of the Bees “a beautifully written, magical book.”

    Developer’s Rent Offer Prompts Main Point Books’ Move

    Main Point Books owner Cathy Fiebach is moving her Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, bookstore to a larger space after a developer in nearby Wayne offered her an incentive to relocate.

    Red Lodge’s Gary Robson to Head Billings Bookstore Co-operative

    Gary Robson has been selected as the general manager and CEO of the new Billings Bookstore Co-operative, set to open this summer in Billings, Montana. Robson’s bookstore, Red Lodge Books & Tea, will close in June.

    Alaska’s Old Harbor Books to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    Old Harbor Books, which was founded as a collective in 1976 by three couples in Sitka, Alaska, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Saturday, May 7. 

    Around Indies

    Midtown Reader to open in Tallahassee; New owners of Viewpoint Books announced; Detroit’s Pages Bookshop marks first anniversary; Harvard Book Store to offer e-book bundles through Shelfie

    BTW News Briefs

    2016 Edgar Award winners announced; Lambda Literary emerging writer award winners named; IPG adds 27 publishers; B&N to operate UConn bookstore

    The Indie Poetry Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending April 24, 2016.