This holiday season, booksellers in New England and Northern California are participating in hand-selling initiatives to show the power of independent booksellers to influence the sales and success of diverse books for young readers.
Newbery Award-winning author and literacy advocate Kwame Alexander will deliver the Tuesday breakfast keynote “The Idea Business: A Life Spent Writing and Selling Books” at Winter Institute 2016. Alexander talks here about his writing career, literacy action projects, and more.
This holiday season, We Need Diverse Books is challenging booksellers to shine the spotlight on Margarita Engle’s Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, an initiative to effect change through the power of the hand-sell.
Four independent bookstores are among the 25 quarterfinalists for Independent We Stand’s Independent Small Business of the Year Award for 2015. Anyone can vote multiple times through December 13 to help choose 10 semifinalists.
Here, booksellers who will be featured on the Winter Institute 11 panel “How to Keep Seasonal Customers Year-Round” share some of their best practices for keeping engaged with local customers and seasonal visitors to spur sales during slow months.
For the second year in a row, publishers Catapult and Grove Atlantic, together with the website Literary Hub, are offering booksellers registered for the Winter Institute the chance to stay at the “Lit Lodge.”
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.