ABA Nominating Committee Opens Call for Board Candidates

    The American Booksellers Association’s Nominating Committee begins its search today for qualified candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2016. Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate.

    Winter Institute Registration Scheduled to Open September 9

    ABA bookstore and provisional members should be on the lookout for an e-mail announcing the opening of registration for the 2016 Winter Institute to arrive in their inboxes next Wednesday, September 9.

    Order Deadline for ABC Best Books Catalog Extended

    Booksellers now have until next Thursday, September 10, to place their orders for additional copies of the 2015 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog.

    Indie Coalition Hails New Rule Requiring Disclosure of Tax Breaks for Economic Development

    Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of trade associations and other organizations representing locally owned, independent businesses, is cheering a new accounting rule requiring local and state governments to annually disclose the amount of tax breaks they give to corporations in the name of economic development.

    The October 2015 Indie Next List Preview

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

    A Q&A With Bill Clegg, Author of September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Did You Ever Have a Family, the first novel by bestselling memoirist Bill Clegg, “is the sort of work scholars are referring to when they explain why literature and the novel are so vitally important to our understanding of the human condition,” said Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop.

    ABA Bylaws Amendment to Be Put to a Vote

    Starting September 16, ABA will be asking members to vote on an important governance matter: An amendment to the association’s bylaws that would increase the number of members serving on the ABA Board from 10 to 11.

    Video Player, Title List Available for National Book Festival Webcast

    Indie booksellers can livesteam coverage of author events from the Library of Congress National Book Festival this Saturday, September 5, from noon until 6:00 p.m. EDT, with a simple-to-embed video player. A list of the featured titles with ISBNs is available in the IndieCommerce Help Center.

    Celebrate Banned Books Week With Special Offers, Eye-Catching Displays

    Booksellers planning celebrations for Banned Books Week (September 27–October 3) can take advantage of an additional discount on a wide range of banned and challenged titles, as well as downloadable Banned Books Week-themed designs.

    Macmillan Children’s Partners With Indies for Crenshaw Nationwide Food Drive

    Independent bookstores are teaming up with Macmillan on a nationwide food drive to address childhood hunger in their local communities. The campaign is part of a promotion for the novel Crenshaw by Newbery Medalist and Animorphs series creator Katherine Applegate.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Stephanie Tromly

    Stephanie Tromly is the author of Trouble Is a Friend of Mine, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce title for middle grade readers and a top Summer 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List pick. “This is what a YA book should be — smart, funny, and surprising. A terrific read!” said Margaret Neville of The King’s English.

    Bittersweet Books & Coffee Offers a Taste of the Sweet Life

    Since opening in May in a renovated 19th century opera house in Americus, Georgia, Bittersweet Books & Coffee has become a literary haven where community members can find new and used books; browse thousands of comic books; and enjoy gourmet coffee, chocolates, and desserts. 

    Around Indies

    Books of Wonder kicks off 35th anniversary celebration; Phoenix Books Rutland grand opening set for September 28; Burry Bookstore celebrates reopening; Napa Bookmine marks two years with special deals for two; Books Inc. recognized as one of oldest businesses in San Francisco

    BTW News Briefs

    Paz workshop draws prospective booksellers from U.S. and beyond; Inaugural Blue Willow-Vener Barnes Scholarship opens to MPIBA booksellers; BISG reveals Industry Innovation Award shortlist; Winners of Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards announced