72 Booksellers Awarded 2017 Winter Institute Scholarships

    Seventy-two booksellers from ABA member stores around the country have been awarded scholarships to the upcoming Winter Institute in Minneapolis.

    Winter Institute Workshop to Teach Key Competencies for Effective Leadership

    Here, Amanda Cebula and Thomas Stanley of the Kansas Leadership Center discuss what booksellers can expect to learn during the Leadership Workshop for Owners and Managers at next month’s Winter Institute.

    Wi12 Bookseller Attendee List Now Available

    Booksellers, publishers, and guests who will be attending Winter Institute 12 can access the roster of bookseller registrants on BookWeb.

    Children’s Institute Scholarship Application Open Until January 31

    ABA is currently accepting applications for publisher-sponsored scholarships to the 2017 ABC Children’s Institute, to be held in April in Portland, Oregon.

    Green Apple Books, Counterpoint Press Mourn Colleagues Lost in Oakland Warehouse Fire

    Green Apple Books music buyer Johnny Igaz and Counterpoint Press administrative assistant Nick Gomez-Hall are among the 36 victims of last Friday’s Oakland warehouse fire.

    The January 2017 Indie Next List Preview

    Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the January 2017 Indie Next List flier, which is on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement.

    Amazon Invisible No More: ILSR Report Garners Widespread Media Coverage

    A new ILSR report providing both in-depth details about Amazon’s market dominance and policy recommendations to address its harmful consequences has been featured in newspapers around the country.

    Inquiring Minds Bookstore’s Brian Donoghue Reflects on the Consequences of Taking a Political Stand

    Brian Donoghue, the owner of Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties, New York, writes about his decision to mount a controversial display during the past election cycle and the unexpected outcomes.

    Nominations Sought for 2017 PW Bookstore, Sales Rep of the Year Awards

    Booksellers, authors, publishers, and distributors are invited to submit nominations for PW’s Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year awards by January 16, 2017.

    Adult Humor Book Discontinued Amid Controversy

    An adult humor book will no longer be published as a result of protests by online critics who considered it racist; however, free expression groups expressed support for the publisher’s right to publish the book.

    Gui Minhai T-Shirts Arriving in Bookstores

    Richard Howorth’s Square Books was one of the first stores to receive an order of T-shirts calling on China to release bookseller Gui Minhai. Howorth suggested the idea for the T-shirt to ABFE.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Karen Fortunati

    Karen Fortunati is the author of The Weight of Zero, a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce title. “Read it. It’ll change you,” said Flannery Fitch of Bookshop Santa Cruz.

    Publishers Invited to Promote Special Offers in Book Buyer’s Handbook

    ABA is encouraging publishers, distributors, and wholesalers to list details about current special offers in the ABA Book Buyer’s Handbook, a valued resource for indie booksellers.

    2017 Children’s Book Week Plans Expanded

    Every Child a Reader has announced plans for an increased number of events, reformatted book awards, and other new resources for the 2017 celebration of Children’s Book Week.

    The Latest IndieCommunication for IndieCommerce Stores

    The November 25 edition of IndieCommunication features information about the IndieCommerce Institute, Winter Institute one-on-ones, Libro.fm, and Google Analytics.

    Fake News Story Leads to Lockdown for Politics & Prose, Other Neighborhood Businesses

    An incident last Sunday involving a conspiracy theory and a gunman in a nearby pizzeria led to a lockdown of Washington, D.C.’s Politics & Prose.

    Bluestockings Bookstore to Host Training on De-escalating Conflicts

    Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, and Activist Center is presenting a workshop on strategies people can use to defuse potentially dangerous situations.

    Brookline Booksmith Offers “Bento Box” Gift Guide on Instagram

    Massachusetts’ Brookline Booksmith is featuring a new themed “bento box” full of book and gift ideas on the store's Instagram and Twitter pages each day of the holiday season.

    Around Indies

    Chicago booksellers respond to new report on Amazon; R.J. Julia to operate Wesleyan University Bookstore; Books Are Magic coming to Brooklyn, BookCourt leaving; Stax Discount Books opens in Massachusetts; Print celebrates grand opening; Regulator marks 40 years; Ukazoo Books, MIT Press Bookshop relocate; Point Reyes Books’ owners to pass the reins; Reading Frenzy to close; Bookshop Santa Cruz takes mannequin challenge

    BTW News Briefs

    Authors United merges with Authors Guild; First Book and Penguin Random House to give 550,000 books to kids this holiday season; Ingram Content Group announces new associates; Elizabeth Scarpelli named director of University of Cincinnati Press; PEN America Literary Awards releasing longlists this week; National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize finalists announced; Five audiobooks garner Grammy nominations; Submissions for Grateful American Book Prize open January 1