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    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Feb 9, 2018

    In 2017, ABA welcomed 75 new indie bookstores that opened for business in 33 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, 22 established ABA member stores were bought by new owners.

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    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    Booksellers interested in attending the sixth ABC Children’s Institute, to be held June 19–21 in New Orleans, are encouraged to apply now for a publisher-sponsored scholarship.

    By Liz Button on Monday, Jan 29, 2018
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    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates for Board officers and/or directors added to the ballot for the 2018–19 elections.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    The silent auction to benefit the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader, featuring the Children’s and Teen Book Awards, will honor beloved author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. BookExpo registration is underway.

    By Liz Button on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    ABA member booksellers have until Thursday, March 1, to sign up for the seventh annual celebration of Find Waldo Local, the shop local scavenger hunt held every July at small businesses nationwide.

    By Liz Button on Monday, Jan 29, 2018
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    By Liz Button on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    The American Library Association has revealed the winners of the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medalists.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 8.2 percent in December 2017 compared to December 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. The independent bookstore channel ended the year with a 2.6 percent increase over 2016.

    Posted on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    Trump’s budget proposes arts funding cuts; Penguin Young Readers launches imprint for diverse books; Alexander named Mellon Foundation president; New hires at HUP, B&N; PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award goes to imprisoned journalists

    By Liz Button on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
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    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    ABA members can now access handouts from a number of education sessions held at Winter Institute 13 in Memphis.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    Jesse Mecham, author and founder of the website You Need a Budget, explains why financial success begins with giving every dollar a job. 

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    “Emergency preparedness and resiliency planning is not about having all the answers — it’s about gathering the right tools,” said Wi13 education session panelist John Cavalier of Cavalier House Books.

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    By David Grogan on Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018

    Over the past month, the American Booksellers for Free Expression has been busy working with free speech groups to oppose a number of attempts by schools or courts to censor books and to limit free speech.

    By David Grogan on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the U.S. State Department to “redouble its efforts” on behalf of publisher/bookseller Gui Minhai, who has again been detained by Chinese authorities.

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    Posted on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    The February 8 IndieCommunication newsletter includes details about making your website secure and mobile-friendly, using Google Analytics, and more.

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    Posted on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    Here is a preview of the 52 titles on the Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    A 12-year-old boy is killed by police while holding a toy gun in Jewell Parker Rhodes’ new novel, which combines history and fiction to tell a story that explores how black children are seen in society. 

    Posted on Monday, Feb 12, 2018

    “She’s honest, she’s real, and she’s a talented writer,” said Lynn Rosen, co-owner of Open Book Bookstore, about Mothers of Sparta debut author Dawn Davies.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    The City of Trenton is offering financial incentives for an independent bookstore willing to open a location in a section of the city’s downtown area.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    Participants in the most recent ABA online marketing roundtable shared tactics for boosting e-mail newsletter subscribers through effective use of pop-up forms.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    Booksellers took to social media in recent days to share photos of their windows, in-store displays, and reading recommendations for Valentine’s Day.

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    Posted on Wednesday, Feb 14, 2018

    Story & Song opens on Florida’s Amelia Island; Midtown Reader welcomes Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakery; Book Shop of Beverly Farms notches 50 years of bookselling; Lift Bridge Book Shop shifts ownership; One More Page Books’ teen book festival returning 

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