BTW Articles

30 Apr

Jewell Parker Rhodes Closes Children’s Institute With Powerful Talk on Diversity

Author Jewell Parker Rhodes delivered a stirring closing keynote speech at the ABC Children’s Institute last week, earning a standing ovation for her talk on the importance of diversity in children’s literature. “I do believe that in not seeing myself in books, I almost missed my calling as a writer,” Rhodes shared.

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23 Apr

Children’s Institute Celebrates Diversity, Growing Children’s Market

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.

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15 Apr

Indie Booksellers on Display at LA Times Festival of Books

This weekend, 11 independent booksellers will be exhibiting at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, to be held at the University of Southern California just prior to the ABC Children’s Institute.

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16 Apr

Around Indies

R.J. Julia to celebrate 25th anniversary; Bookworks marks 30 years with loyalty program launch; Kepler’s plays host to weekly radio program; Literary Hub profiles San Francisco’s City Lights; Itinerant Literate bookmobile holds first event; South Carolina indies team to support SC Book Festival

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16 Apr

Events Retreat Puts Booksellers, Authors, Publicists to Work

More than 50 bookstore owners and event managers gathered this week for the NAIBA/NEIBA “All About Events” retreat to discuss why booksellers should host events, how to work with publicists and authors, and the importance of publicity kits and author request grids, among other topics.

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15 Apr

Vroman’s to Host Education Session, Tours for Children’s Institute Attendees

On Monday, April 20, Vroman’s Bookstore will host an afternoon education session and tours of the store for ABC Children’s Institute attendees.

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14 Apr

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in February

Retail sales at bookstores were down by 2.2 percent in February 2015 compared to February 2014, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.
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09 Apr

Seattle Bookstores Band Together for Independent Bookstore Day

Seventeen Seattle booksellers will be collaborating to crown some of their most dedicated customers as Indie Bookstore Champs.

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09 Apr

Literary Hub Makes its Debut

The Literary Hub website launched on Wednesday with a showcase of literary essays, features, and profiles and a special letter from the editor commending bookstores.

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09 Apr

Children’s Book Market Successes to Be Featured at Institute

Kristen McLean, founder and CEO of data and analytics company Bookigee, will share the statistics and studies behind today’s thriving children’s book market during a featured talk at this month’s Children’s Institute.

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