ABA Board Ballot to Arrive April 3

    ABA main store members should be on the lookout for an e-mail from CEO Oren Teicher to arrive on Monday, April 3, with links to the ballot for the 2017 Board of Directors election and candidate bios.

    ABC Children’s Institute: 48 Hours in Portland

    Here’s a plan for getting the most out of the 2017 ABC Children’s Institute, from Wednesday’s bookstore tours, Opening Reception, and Backlist Book Swap to the final packed day of education, plenaries, and featured talks.

    Showcasing Children’s Institute on Social Media

    The 2017 ABC Children’s Institute is a perfect opportunity to share a unique bookselling experience with customers, friends and family, and fellow booksellers on social media.

    IndieLite Goes Live

    IndieLite, ABA’s new e-commerce solution for stores that want a website requiring little time and effort to maintain, is ready to go live.

    ABA Forums Head to West Coast

    Between March 31 and April 4, ABA will be hosting Spring Forums in North Hollywood and San Francisco, California, and Portland, Oregon. ABA members and non-members are invited to attend the forums.

    Hotel ABA for BookExpo Almost Sold Out

    Rooms at The Row NYC, Hotel ABA for BookExpo 2017, are going fast; booksellers should reserve their rooms now to lock in the ABA members-only rate.

    Nominations Sought for 2017 WNBA Pannell Award

    Nominations are being accepted for the WNBA Pannell Award, which honors bookstores that demonstrate exceptional creativity in fostering a love of reading and books in children and young adults.

    Independent Bookstore Day Celebrations Showcase Booksellers’ Creativity

    More than 400 independent bookstores are planning in-store parties, author signings, and more for the April 29 celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. 

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Rebecca Donnelly

    Rebecca Donnelly is the author of the Indies Introduce middle-grade debut How to Stage a Catastrophe, “a story near and dear to my heart,” said Emily Hall of Main Street Books.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Deepak Unnikrishnan

    Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce debut author Deepak Unnikrishnan is the “immensely talented new voice” behind Temporary People, said Hilary Gustafson of Literati Bookstore.

    Treeline Tips & Tricks: The Transition to Edelweiss+ and Treeline Analytics News

    Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster answers some common questions about the transition to Edelweiss+ and offers an array of resources available to help with the transition.

    IndieCommerce: One-on-Ones, E-mail Marketing & More

    The March 22 IndieCommunication newsletter included information on one-on-one sessions at the Children’s Institute, a look at e-mail marketing and e-mail blasts, and news of new Google Analytics tutorials.

    Wi12 Education: Take Your Show on the Road — Managing Large-Scale Events

    The Winter Institute education session “Take Your Show on the Road: Managing Large-Scale Events” offered booksellers a range of strategies for managing large off-site events.

    My Bookstore: Pearl Cleage on Charis Books & More

    In this excerpt from the trade paperback of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, author Pearl Cleage pays tribute to her hometown bookstore, Charis Books & More.

    What’s in a Name?: The Frugal Frigate

    Gay Kolodzik, owner of The Frugal Frigate in Redlands, California, says the store’s name was inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem.

    Around Indies

    Greenlight Bookstore launches Civic Engagement Series; New owners for Breakwater Books and Title Wave Books; Reader’s World marks 50 years; Bunch of Grapes on the move 

    BTW News Briefs

    Sourcebooks launches Bookstore Blackout Challenge; Ingram announces new associates, promotions; Award winners (Christopher Awards, PEN/America Literary Awards) and award finalists (NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award) revealed