72 Hours in Asheville: A Suggested Itinerary for Winter Institute 10

    Here’s a plan for getting the most out of Winter Institute 10, from the Sunday Indie Retail Crawl and Opening Reception to the final packed day of education and the Small and University Press Authors Closing Reception.

    Children’s Institute Registration Opens to All ABA Member Booksellers February 2

    Registration for the 2015 ABC Children’s Institute, which opened on January 20 exclusively to members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA, will open on February 2 to all ABA bookseller members.

    The March 2015 Indie Next List Preview

    Here are the titles on the March Indie Next List flier, on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement.

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

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

    Booksellers’ Debut Novels Featured on March Indie Next List

    Debut novels by Porter Square’s Josh Cook (An Exaggerated Murder, Melville House) and Turnrow’s Jamie Kornegay (Soil, S&S) are among the titles on the March 2015 Indie Next List, which previews this week.

    An ABA Spring Booksellers Forum Is Coming to Your Region

    This spring, ABA will once again be traveling around the country to meet with members and non-members alike at 10 Booksellers Forums, held in conjunction with the regional booksellers associations.

    Point-of-Sale Systems in the Spotlight at Wi10

    Booksellers looking for a better understanding of their current point-of-sale system and those looking for a new one are encouraged to attend the Winter Institute’s “Roundtable Discussion on POS Systems” and to visit with POS vendors participating in the Consultation Station.

    Wi10 Session to Highlight Planning Strategies for Independent Bookstore Day

    Booksellers will have the opportunity to attend a Winter Institute education session offering actionable tips and advice for planning successful participation in Independent Bookstore Day, which will be celebrated this year on Saturday, May 2.

    Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in Illinois Starting February 1

    Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Illinois beginning February 1 as part of a deal the online retailer struck with state officials in October 2014.

    Three Urban Expositions Gift Shows Upcoming in February and March

    Booksellers can find a wide range of new products as well as special ABA member savings at upcoming Urban Expositions gift shows in San Francisco, Boston, and Portland, Oregon.

    CBC Diversity Blog Series Honors Walter Dean Myers

    The Children’s Book Council CBC Diversity Initiative has launched the “It’s Possible” blog series, featuring five publishing professionals sharing their memories of working with Walter Dean Myers, the late children’s book author and advocate for literary diversity.

    An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Cecilia Ekbäck

    Cecilia Ekbäck is the author of Wolf Winter, a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors selection. “Ekbäck’s intriguing tale of Sweden’s Lapland in 1717 gives insight into the land and people of the far north and is also hard to let go,” said Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction.

    Avoid Penalties: Be Aware of Wi10 Hotel Cancellation Policies

    Winter Institute 10 registrants who need to cancel or make changes to their reservations at the Grove Park Inn or the Renaissance Asheville Hotel should contact their respective hotels as soon as possible.

    Pannell Award Nomination Deadline Extended

    The Women’s National Book Association has extended the deadline for nominations for its 2015 WNBA Pannell Awards to February 14.

    Binc Foundation Ready to Help East Coast Booksellers

    The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation stands ready to help booksellers in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of this week’s record-breaking snowstorm.

    Around Indies

    Diana Gabaldon and Poisoned Pen launch Writers-in-Residence program; Bookends & Beginnings raises funds for music therapy; East End Book Exchange highlighted for success

    BTW News Briefs

    Children’s Choice Book Awards adds three new categories; S&S to debut Scout Press this fall; Ten publishers sign with IPG and its subsidiaries