Deadlines Extended for Meet the Editor, Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Authors

    The deadline for booksellers attending BookExpo 2017 to register for Meet the Editor is May 21; for the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Authors, the registration deadline is May 22.

    ABA Joins Campaign Supporting Federal Funding for Libraries

    ABA has joined a campaign to urge Congress to continue federal support of America’s 120,000 public libraries. The campaign will be led by a new organization, the Corporate Committee for Library Investment.

    First Amendment Attorney to Receive First Meskis Free Speech Award

    ABA’s inaugural Joyce Meskis Free Speech Award will be presented to Michael A. Bamberger, the general counsel of Media Coalition, on May 31 during the Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo.

    Act Now: Tell Congress to Oppose Swipe Fee Cap Repeal

    Booksellers are reminded to contact their congressional representatives to voice opposition to the Financial CHOICE Act, which would repeal a measure regulating debt card swipe fees charged by banks.

    Free Speech on the BookExpo Agenda

    The importance of defending freedom of speech will be discussed during BookExpo programs presented by American Booksellers for Free Expression and PEN America.

    Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2017

    Booksellers attending BookExpo are invited to schedule a time to talk at the show with David Grogan, ABA’s director of public policy and advocacy, about any issues of concern.

    LIBRIS Offers BookExpo Attendees a Chance to Win $50

    LIBRIS, the insurance company created by ABA specifically to meet the needs of independent bookstores, is offering a special promotion for members attending BookExpo.

    Kick Off BookExpo 2017 With Two Publisher Parties on May 30

    Penguin Random House and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses are each inviting booksellers attending BookExpo 2017 to mix and mingle at parties on May 30.

    Booksellers to Moderate BookExpo Editors’ Buzz Panels

    ABA member booksellers will moderate the adult, YA, and middle grade Editors’ Buzz panels at BookExpo.

    Silent Auction Tickets on Sale Now

    All BookExpo registrants can purchase tickets now for the popular Silent Art Auction at BookExpo. The event will feature the announcement of the winners of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.

    Navigating BookExpo 2017: A Checklist

    With BookExpo 2017 just two weeks away, now is a good time to revisit a checklist of recommendations from booksellers who are accomplished at achieving their key business goals at the show.

    The Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

    Here is a preview of the 52 titles on the Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

    A Q&A With Anthony Horowitz, Author of the #1 Indie Next List Pick for June

    Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, a mystery novel within a mystery novel, is “a perfect book to read in a cushy chair with a cup of tea,” says Ken Favell of Books & Company.

    Title Recommendations Wanted for ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

    All booksellers at ABC Children’s Group member stores are encouraged to submit title recommendations for the 2017 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog.

    Best Practices for Creating an Effective Bookstore Press Kit

    Maribeth Pelly, founder of Easy Marketing Strategies and the event planner for New Jersey’s BookTowne, presented a webinar for ABA members on how to create a press kit for their stores.

    Ci5 Education: Fostering an Inclusive Environment for Staff and Customers With Disabilities

    At last month’s ABC Children’s Institute, a panel of booksellers discussed how they modified their stores to become more inclusive spaces for people with disabilities.

    IndieCommunication: Book Subscription Clubs, Sales Tax on Shipping & More

    The IndieCommunication newsletter of May 11 includes information on growing sales through book subscription clubs, charging sales tax on shipping, a new Kobo eReader, and more.

    American Writers Museum Opens With Help From Former Owner of The Book Stall

    Former bookseller Roberta Rubin serves as board co-chair of the new American Writers Museum, the first national museum to honor American writers, which opened on May 16 in Chicago.

    Welcome to ABA, Scattered Books!

    Scattered Books in Chappaqua, New York, is the first bookstore to be featured in Bookselling This Week’s new occasional series, “Welcome to ABA!” which profiles new members of the association.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in March

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 2.4 percent in March 2017 compared to March 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    Brick & Mortar Books to open in Washington; New owner for Winston Smith Books; McLean & Eakin, Broadway Books to mark 25 years; Queens Bookshop Initiative lands storefront; New staff at Kramerbooks, [words] Bookstore

    BTW News Briefs

    Authors Guild online auction underway; Museum Store Association to launch holiday campaign; Ingram signs five publishers; Reading Group Choices releases title lists of readers’ favorites; Margarita Engle named Young People’s Poet Laureate; International Dylan Thomas Prize, Albertine Prize winners announced

    The Indie Mystery & Thriller Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending May 14, 2017.