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    Booksellers who are thinking about their travel plans for the January 22–25 Winter Institute in Memphis should be planning ahead if they want to attend any of a number of events happening on January 22.

    Save the Date: Children’s Institute 2018

    The 2018 Children’s Institute will take place from Tuesday, June 19, through Thursday, June 21, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Fall Workshop to Focus on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

    Registration is underway for ABA’s fall workshop, which will take place ahead of the SIBA and MPIBA trade shows and aims to help booksellers address stereotypes and create a welcoming environment.

    ABACUS-16 Survey to Open August 23

    ABA member stores should be on the lookout for an e-mail arriving on August 23 that will include introductory information about ABACUS-16 and instructions on how to access this year’s survey.

    Indie Next List Holiday Gift Guide to Debut in November

    ABA’s new Indie Next List Holiday Gift Guide flier will feature the top adult and children’s gift books across a range of categories, as recommended by independent booksellers.

    Ordering Opens for ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

    ABA member stores can place their orders for this year’s ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog from now until September 8 via an order form on

    Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

    Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2017 Banned Books Week display kit.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Danya Kukafka

    Courtney Flynn of Trident Booksellers & Café called Danya Kukafka’s Girl in Snow “a whodunit with the added bonus of rich, wonderful characters and good writing.”

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With F.C. Yee

    F.C. Yee is the author of the young adult debut The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, which will “fill that Buffy- or Sailor Moon-shaped hole in your life,” said Allison Senecal of Old Firehouse Books.

    IndieCommunication: Mobile-Friendly Book Lists, Sales-Tax Lookup & More

    The IndieCommunication newsletter for August 9 includes an update on creating mobile-friendly book lists, a new sales-tax lookup tool coming to IndieCommerce sites, and a tip of the week.

    Booksellers on Creating Sanctuary to Foster Dialogue and Discovery

    To help stores strengthen the unique role they play in their communities, here is a list of bookseller-generated suggestions in the category of sanctuary.

    How We Sell Backlist: Third Place Books

    Bookselling This Week’s new occasional series will explore how booksellers choose to highlight backlist books. The first featured store is Third Place Books, which has three locations in Washington.

    First Texas Independent Bookstore Day Spotlights Literary Texas

    The first annual Texas Independent Bookstore Day, held on Saturday, August 5, celebrated the state’s bookstores and their communities.

    Dundee Book Company, a Mobile Bookstore, Rolls Into Omaha Literary Community

    Omaha, Nebraska, couple Ted and Nicole Wheeler have launched the Dundee Book Company, a mobile bookstore selling titles by local authors, books from indie presses, and the best new literary writing.

    Outer Banks Power Outage Inspires Customer Support for Buxton Village Books

    Buxton Village Books in Buxton, North Carolina, was one of many Outer Banks businesses that lost money due to a power outage last week, prompting an outpouring of remote support from regular customers.

    Limited Availability Remaining for “Owning a Bookstore” Workshop

    Just a few spots remain for The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates’ next “Owning a Bookstore” workshop, which takes place from August 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Around Indies

    Solid State Books to open in D.C.; Norwich Bookstore celebrates 23 years; Novel Books named best bookstore in county; Beyond Barcodes’ DeAndra Beard wins community service business award

    BTW News Briefs

    Como sales rep Maureen Karb wins NEIBA award; PW Star Watch honorees announced; Quarto Group receives purchase offer; NYU contracts with Follett to operate bookstore