BTW Articles

29 Nov

A Q&A with Nita Prose, Author of December Indie Next List Top Pick “The Mystery Guest”

“Molly is back with another entertaining mystery to solve at the Regency Grand Hotel. This time, a famous author is under scrutiny, featuring a pack of rabid fans and a peek into Molly’s past,” said Jenny Stroyeck of The Homer Bookstore in Homer, Alaska.
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29 Nov

How Loyalty is Challenging Traditional Bookselling

Loyalty Bookstore co-owners, Hannah Oliver Depp (she/they) and Christine Bollow (she/her), tell us about Loyalty’s origin, motivation, and plans for the future!

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08 Nov

Building a Business After Service: Veterans Day with Books & Black Coffee

For Veterans Day this year, we interviewed one of our many veteran-owned bookstores! Shonesha Evans founded Books & Black Coffee Co. after more than six years of service. Originally an online store, Evans will be opening a physical location in Savannah, Georgia, in 2024.

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01 Nov

A Q&A with Ali Hazelwood, Author of November/December Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Check & Mate”

“Ali Hazelwood’s young adult debut delivers an exciting ride of rediscovery and second chances,” said Kaylie Padgett of Women & Children First in Chicago, Illinois.


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25 Oct

A Q&A with Jesmyn Ward, Author of November Indie Next List Top Pick “Let Us Descend”

“Jesmyn Ward is one of the most important writers of our time. This may be her best to date. Heartbreaking and gorgeous, Annis carries us through her story of loss and brutal enslavement — a story of strength, love, enduring, and finding a way,” said Jeanne Costello of Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado.

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27 Sep

A Q&A with Melissa Broder, Author of October Indie Next List Top Pick “Death Valley”

“A hike becomes a metaphysical journey straight into the center of grief, featuring literature’s most memorable cactus. Broder delivers us directly to the site of the wound and somehow makes us want to linger,” said Kristen Iskandrian of Thank You Books in Birmingham, Alabama.
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14 Sep

4 Easy Ways to Make Your Events More Accessible

At ABA, we’re already preparing for Winter Institute 2024, and that includes looking at our venues and programming through an accessibility lens. While we make these decisions with hundreds of people in mind, many of our accommodations are scalable and can be implemented for any size store event.

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06 Sep

A Q&A with Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, Authors of September/October Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “The Lost Library”

“This was a good ghost story with polite ghosts, a mouse-sympathizing cat, and some adventure-seeking fifth graders. A great story for kids to read by themselves or out loud — I can’t wait to share it!” said Angela Burns of Little Bean Books in Antioch, Illinois.


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06 Sep

A Q&A with Lauren Groff, Author of September Indie Next List Top Pick “The Vaster Wilds”

“Lauren Groff is at the height of her power as a writer. The Vaster Wilds explores how one young woman’s experience of survival defines her. Rich in nuance, gorgeous, and full of the mystery of spirit, this novel meditates on life itself,” said Deirdre Kidder of Book Passage in Corte Madera, California.
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31 Aug

Gearing Up for Wi2024: The Sights in Cincinnati

Registration for Winter Institute 2024 opens soon! Here's a look at what awaits in Cincinnati.
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