Act Now: May 27 Deadline for Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce Signup

    ABA member stores have just a few more days to sign up to take advantage of special publisher offers on 10 adult and 10 children’s titles chosen by panels of booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the summer and fall seasons.

    ABA Governance Review Committee Seeks Member Input by June 8

    ABA’s Governance Review Committee is seeking member input on the overall governance practices of ABA to determine whether they are in accordance with established policies and procedures.

    ABACUS-15 Survey Opens May 26

    ABA member stores should be on the lookout for an e-mail arriving on Thursday, May 26, that will include introductory information about the ABACUS-15 survey; instructions and FAQs; and links to the secure, online ABACUS submission form.

    A Q&A With Josh Marwell on HarperCollins’ New Bookstore Development Program

    HarperCollins President of Sales Josh Marwell discusses the inspiration behind the publisher’s New Bookstore Development Program, designed for independent booksellers in the U.S. who are opening new stores or expanding to additional locations.

    Children’s Institute Speaker Dr. Dana Suskind on How Words Shape a Child’s Future

    At next month’s Children’s Institute, Dr. Dana Suskind will present the featured talk “Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain,” which will look at how early language exposure through books and conversation can change a child’s future.

    2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Cover Unveiled

    The ABC Children’s Group at ABA has revealed the art to be featured on the cover of the 2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog, scheduled to land in stores in early October.

    ABA to Offer Fall Workshops on Principles of Finance

    ABA will present “Principles of Finance,” a six-hour workshop for booksellers involved in bookstore budgeting and financial forecasting, on Saturday, October 15, in Baltimore, Maryland, and on Wednesday, October 26, in San Francisco, California.

    Wild Rumpus Wins Children’s Book Week Display Contest

    The award for this year’s Children’s Book Week display contest goes to Wild Rumpus bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for its creative garden-themed window design inspired by the exciting new children’s books springing up each season.

    The June ’16 Now in Paperback/Revisit & Rediscover Flier, Shelf-Talkers

    Downloadable fliers and shelf-talkers are now available to promote the June Indie Next List’s Next Great Reads, Now in Paperback titles, and Revisit & Rediscover backlist favorites.

    Children’s Institute’s Backlist Book Swap: Pick and Pack Your Book Now

    All Children’s Institute attendees planning to participate in the Backlist Book Swap party, which kicks off the institute on Tuesday, June 21, are reminded to pack their favorite kids’ book and a bookmark to share, and to let ABA know now what they’ll be bringing.

    Start Sharing Indie Next List Display Photos to Earn an Extra Spot at Wi12

    Bookstores that participate in the Indie Next List Years of Discovery promotion will have the opportunity to register an additional bookseller for Winter Institute 12. To participate, stores must share an initial Indie Next List display photo on social media or in an e-newsletter by June 30.

    IndieCommerce: SEO Tips From ICI, One-on-One Appointments at Ci4 & More

    The May 20 edition of IndieCommunication features videos of SEO expert Max Thomas, who spoke at the IndieCommerce Institute, and a reminder about scheduling appointments to meet with IndieCommerce staff at the Children’s Institute.

    Bookseller Feedback Sought to Aid Planning for BEA 2017

    All ABA member booksellers who registered for BookExpo America 2016 should check their inboxes for a May 19 e-mail that includes a link to a brief survey.

    Indie Champion Richard Russo on the Value of Indie Bookstores

    In accepting the Indie Champion Award at BookExpo America, bestselling author Richard Russo praised the vitality of indie bookstores and recognized the indispensability of hand-selling to book discovery.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Molly Prentiss

    Molly Prentiss is the author of Tuesday Nights in 1980, a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut title for adults and an April Indie Next List pick. Anmiryam Budner of Main Point Books called the novel “immersive and satisfying.”

    New Overtime Rule Prompts Protests From Business Groups

    A new rule from the Department of Labor that automatically extends overtime pay protections to more than four million workers within the first year of its implementation was opposed by various business groups, including the National Retail Federation.

    Making Bookstores Welcoming to Romance Readers

    How to create positive and welcoming spaces for romance readers was the focus of the BEA panel “Creating a Safe Space for Genre Readers in Traditional Literary Strongholds.”

    Farmers’ Markets and Main Street Businesses: Natural Partners

    Main Street businesses, such as bookstores, that create relationships with their local farmers’ markets can benefit their own bottom lines while contributing to a community environment that nurtures social ties.

    Grand Opening of Third Place Books Seward Park Exceeds Expectations

    Thousands of people showed up for the grand opening of Third Place Books in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood last Saturday.

    The Last Word Bookstore to Open in Fort Worth

    Paul Combs will fulfill his childhood dream of having his own bookstore when The Last Word Bookstore opens on May 27 in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Around Indies

    Red Door Books & Art opens in North Carolina; Book World to open new location in Illinois; Bookshop Santa Cruz marks 50th anniversary with inaugural writer residency sponsorship; Toadstool Bookshop in Keene on the move; “Kill the Bill Event” draws LGBTQIA support in Asheville

    BTW News Briefs

    IPG to import Cuban books; University of Georgia Press to outsource distribution to Longleaf; Bloomsbury to restructure, shift focus to non-consumer books; Isabel Allende to receive PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award; 2016 O. Henry Prize stories announced