This week, approximately 190 booksellers converged in Pasadena for the 2015 ABC Children’s Institute. The packed schedule included education sessions on topics from birthday parties to story times, and presentations from authors such as Jeff Kinney, Marla Frazee, and Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Among the authors scheduled to autograph in the ABA Member Lounge at BEA are Jonathan Franzen, the Opening Day Spotlight speaker, and seven of the eight speakers at this year’s Book and Author Breakfasts.
The last of ABA’s 10 spring Booksellers Forums of 2015 will be held on April 28 and 29 in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts, respectively. The programs are free and open to ABA members and non-members alike.
Tickets are on sale now for the Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception at BEA. The event, which this year honors author Judy Blume, will auction off hundreds of works of art donated by some of the top artists and illustrators working in the book industry today.
Booksellers can still sign up for “Meet the Editor,” which is returning to BookExpo America following its debut in 2014, as well as “Publicists Speed Dating,” ABA’s newest bookseller/publisher networking event.
Vermont’s Phoenix Books is using a “community supported enterprise” model to open a 2,400-square-foot space in Rutland this August. This will be the third store for Mike DeSanto and Renée Reiner, his wife and business partner.
Last year, Mississippi’s independent booksellers and the University Press of Mississippi began working together to revitalize the Books pages in the Jackson-based Clarion-Ledger. Since then, the section’s resurgence has enlivened the state’s literary culture.
The success of Young Adult books has a lot of people celebrating, but it has outraged others. To draw attention to the growing number of challenges to YA titles, the sponsors of Banned Books Week have chosen to make YA books the focus of this year’s celebration.
More than 100 writers from 30 countries will gather in New York City from May 4 to 10, at the 11th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, where the theme will be “On Africa.” Booksellers are invited to use a special discount code for online ticket orders and to share the code with their customers.
To facilitate conversations that began during the Roundtable Discussions on POS Systems at Winter Institute 10, and to foster new discussions, six new booksellers-only online forums were recently added to BookWeb.org.
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