ABA Announces 2017 Board Candidates

    ABA has announced three director candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board, as well as the Board’s selection for president and vice president, who must be ratified by membership.

    Booksellers Appointed to ABA Advisory Council, Diversity Task Force

    In response to concerns expressed by booksellers at the Wi12 Town Hall, ABA has increased the number of members on its Booksellers Advisory Council and created a Diversity Task Force.

    Philip and Erin Stead Added to Children’s Institute Lineup

    Author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead will discuss their newest project, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, a children’s story by Mark Twain, during a featured talk at Children’s Institute.

    Registration Opens for Children’s Institute Bookstore Tours

    Booksellers and publishers attending Children’s Institute 2017 in Portland, Oregon, this April may now register for half-day and full-day bookstore tours.

    Spring Forums to Feature Discussion on Bookstores as Inclusive Places for Dialogue and Discussion

    In addition to the usual Open Forum discussions on topics of concern to booksellers, ABA’s Spring Forums will include the non-traditional education session “Bookstores — An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery.”

    The Spring 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

    Here is a preview of the 52 titles on the Spring 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

    Mohsin Hamid on Exit West, the #1 Indie Next List Pick for March

    Here, author Mohsin Hamid discusses the inspiration for his latest novel, Exit West, which follows a young couple, Nadia and Saeed, as they leave everything behind to flee their war-torn country.

    Register for Thursday’s Live Webinar “Google Analytics for E-commerce”

    Tomorrow, February 16, ABA will present a live webinar of the popular Winter Institute 12 session “Google Analytics for E-commerce,” featuring Max Thomas, the owner of maxthomas.co.

    International Book Fair Scholarship Application Now Open

    Europa Editions is partnering with Other Press to award scholarships to three American booksellers to attend the 2017 Turin Book Fair.

    March 1 Deadline to Preregister for Find Waldo Local 2017

    Stores are encouraged to sign up now for the July 2017 celebration of Find Waldo Local, which will feature special swag in honor of the iconic character’s 30th anniversary this year.

    Independent Bookstore Day Offers Marketing-in-a-Mailer

    The Independent Bookstore Day Marketing-in-a-Mailer contains signage, stickers, teasers, shelf-talkers, and balloons to help bookstores promote the event. The kit costs $19 and orders are due March 1.

    Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Arkansas

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced that Amazon.com will begin collecting and remitting sales tax on purchases in the state as of March 1.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Tricia Levenseller

    Daughter of the Pirate King, Tricia Levenseller’s debut novel for young adults, is “compulsively readable and exciting,” said Indies Introduce panelist Johanna Albrecht of Flyleaf Books.

    Wi12 Education: Best Practices for First-Time Managers

    Lani Basa of Business Women’s Circle and Cindy Dach of Changing Hands Bookstore address the challenges booksellers can face when entering managerial roles.

    Wi12 Education: Industry Professionals Map “The Life Cycle of the Book”

     “The Life Cycle of the Book” featured a bookseller, an author, an agent, and other industry professionals discussing each step of a title’s journey from idea to published book.

    BookExpo Children’s Book & Author Breakfast Speakers Announced

    BookExpo has announced the four authors to be featured at its 2017 Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, to be held on Friday, June 2, at the Javits Convention Center.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in December, Up in 2016

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by 3.1 percent in December 2016 compared to December 2015 but were up for the year, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    Word After Word to celebrate grand opening; Zenith Bookstore to open this summer; Vermont’s Yankee Bookshop joins Phoenix Books family; Browseabout Books partners with local bookmobile

    BTW News Briefs

    Jack Lynch named HMH CEO; Consortium adds five publishers; Amazon to open store in San Francisco; Grammy, Lincoln Prize, Little Free Library winners and Audie finalists announced