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    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

    Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on the highlights of 2017, including his trip to two indie bookstores over the holidays, and looks ahead to the upcoming Winter Institute and the rest of 2018.

    By Liz Button on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

    Junot Díaz, whose first picture book for children, Islandborn, comes out in March, will appear as a keynote speaker at the American Booksellers Association’s 2018 Winter Institute in Memphis this month. 

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    Booksellers heading to Winter Institute should plan to tour some of the great local indie bookstores of Memphis. In the meantime, get familiar with the city through these book recommendations from local booksellers.

    By Liz Button on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) will host a “Heads or Tails” game at this year’s Winter Institute, where booksellers can donate money to Binc by buying flashing pins for a chance to win a $500 AmEx gift card.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    Booksellers will have plenty of chances to socialize with colleagues, publishers, and authors in between educational sessions at Winter Institute.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 5, 2018

    ABA is inviting all booksellers attending the 2018 Winter Institute to take part in an open discussion about industry and association issues at a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 24.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, Jan 8, 2018

    A number of special events taking place during Winter Institute require registration, including advanced education sessions, a finance workshop, a used bookstore forum, and more.

    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    Wi13 registrants who booked a hotel room through ConferenceDirect will receive a reservation confirmation by e-mail from their hotel this week; all modifications should be made through ConferenceDirect.

    By David Grogan on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

    Before traveling to Memphis, booksellers should make sure that their state is REAL ID compliant, and if it is not, check whether it has received an extension from Homeland Security.

    By Liz Button on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

    Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café have created a new store tradition dubbed the “Mini Winnie”: a miniature version of Winter Institute conducted on home turf in the weeks after the event.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    Booksellers who weathered natural disasters will offer real-world advice on how to help independent bookstores prepare for and survive a natural disaster or other emergency.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 5, 2018

    With Winter Institute just around the corner, booksellers should start getting out their suitcases — and singing along to ABA’s Winter Institute-themed playlists on Spotify.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018
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    Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
    By David Grogan on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    The American Booksellers Association issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defended publisher Henry Holt & Co., which released the book early, on January 5.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    Four ABA member bookstores on the East Coast experienced water damage over the past week due to malfunctioning pipes, caused, in some cases, by a recent streak of cold weather in the region.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

    Heather Duncan, the former marketing and events director for Tattered Cover Book Store and the president of the MPIBA Board of Directors, will take the reins as executive director on January 22.

    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    During her 2018–2019 term, Woodson will promote her platform, READING = HOPE x CHANGE, which encourages readers to embrace the impact reading can have on creating a more hopeful world.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 5, 2018

    The Independent Bookstore Day catalog features exclusive, literary-themed merchandise and giveaways for booksellers to showcase on April 28.

    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    PEN America and PEN Center USA to merge; Celebratory memorial planned for Strand’s Fred Bass; Changes at New York Times Books Desk; Hearst to sell Rodale Books to PRH; Promotions at Penguin Random House; PNBA Book Award winners, Story Prize finalists announced

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018
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    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    The IndieCommunication newsletter for January 11 includes details about meeting with IndieCommerce staff at Winter Institute, joining an upcoming online marketing roundtable, and a tip of the week.

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    Posted on Monday, Jan 8, 2018

    “I cried knowing that each twin would suffer immeasurable loss, yet only one would succumb,” Stacey Haerr of Warwick’s said about Solomon’s young adult debut, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone.

    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

    “Mira T. Lee’s Everything Here Is Beautiful is an extremely powerful and timely work of fiction,” said Janine De Boisblanc of Orinda Books.

    By Liz Button on Monday, Jan 8, 2018

    Alsace Walentine’s 120-square-foot pop-up shop in St. Petersburg, Florida’s Edge District features 200 titles as well as literary tattoos, bookmarks, notebooks, pencils, and more.

    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

    The Literary opens in Vermont; Greedy Reads sets opening date; Ernest & Hadley marks first year; Bridgeside Books merging with home store; Ripped Bodice serves as set for TV show; Phoenix Books bans plastic bags

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    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

    With Winter Institute just around the corner, now is the time to review this helpful checklist filled with reminders and tips for how to best navigate the event.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    The special Winter Institute performance will feature authors Charles Frazier, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Dar Williams as well as Memphis soul band The Bo-Keys. 

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    By David Grogan on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    The Advocates for Independent Business is urging the General Services Administration to remember the value of shopping locally as they design Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    In a significant first step toward potentially leveling the playing field for all retailers, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a case with that would change the legal obligation of online retailers regarding collecting sales tax.

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    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Booksellers can now place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Orders are due February 2.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    #HarperCollinsLovesIndies will highlight another 50-plus indie bookstores on Facebook Live this year. In addition, staff will be on hand to make Facebook Live videos at next week’s Winter Institute.

    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Beth Ineson has more than 25 years of experience in the book business in New England and has been a supporter of independent bookstores in all of her roles.

    Posted on Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

    WNDB will donate 2,000 copies of each of the 2018 Walter Award-winning titles, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Schomburg by Carole Boston Weatherford, to schools with limited budgets.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6 percent in November 2017 compared to November 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Year-end 2017 sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up 2.6 percent over 2016.