BookBar —“A book shop for wine lovers. A wine bar for book shoppers”— is set to open its doors this month in the arts district of Denver, Colorado. The store will feature a menu of local foods and an inventory of handpicked titles.
Drummer John Densmore of The Doors is helping independent record stores and bookstores celebrate Record Store Day, on April 20, with the launch of his new, self-published book, The Doors: Unhinged, a look at the deep divide among the remaining band members after Jim Morrison’s death.
At Winter Institute 8, veteran booksellers Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction and Bill Cusumano of Nicola’s Books joined Other Press Associate Publisher Paul Kozlowski and BEA Event Director Steve Rosato to give actionable advice on the best strategies for tackling BookExpo America.
The owners and staff at all ABA member bookstores can now cast their ballots for the 2013 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. Voting is open until April 15 via an electronic ballot on BookWeb.org.
Inkwood Books in Tampa, Florida, has been under the ownership of Carla Jimenez and Leslie Reiner for 21 years, but the store is changing hands. Stefani Beddingfield will take the reins effective April 1.
ABA’s 2013 Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 30, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Javits Convention Center during BEA. Reservations are free and limited to two booksellers from each ABA member company.
The ABC Children’s Group at ABA is once again partnering with the Children’s Book Council to host several events at BookExpo America that are open exclusively to ABC Group member booksellers. Designed to promote networking and education, the events all have a special focus on children’s books and bookselling.
John Sargent, Macmillan CEO, will be the featured speaker at the opening plenary session, kicking off Bookselling Today & ABA Education at BEA on Wednesday, May 29. He will be joined by ABA President Becky Anderson for a discussion about the challenges facing the book industry.
A number of resources are available to help booksellers promote voting for the 2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards. New this year is a Children’s Book Week window display contest for indie bookstores, sponsored by CBC and the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.