BTW Articles

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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17 Aug

How Tubby & Coo’s Became a Traveling Book Shop

Tubby & Coo’s, a New Orleans queer-owned store, recently transitioned from a brick-and-mortar location to a traveling book shop. Owner Candice Huber told us more about the transition and their plans for the future.
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05 Jul

A Q&A with Jon Klassen, Author of July/August Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “The Skull”

“An oddly delightful and delightfully odd story that is wonderfully drawn and concisely told. Follow our runaway heroine as she happens upon a kindred spirit embodied (or, disembodied) in a skull. Witty, with a dash of dark humor,” said Ernio Hernandez of River Bend Bookshop in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

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28 Jun

A Q&A with Michael Finkel, Author of July Indie Next List Top Pick “The Art Thief”

The Art Thief looks into the mind of one of the most successful art thieves in history. It’s a terrific psychological study of a true aesthete, and a look into how he was found and how laws changed after him,” said William Carl of An Unlikely Story in Plainville, Massachusetts.
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14 Jun

Pride Among Booksellers

To celebrate this Pride month, ABA team members have compiled a list of LGBTQIA2S+ titles that have been meaningful to us, helped us feel seen, or helped us discover ourselves.

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24 May
R.F. Kuang, author of "Yellowface"

A Q&A with R. F. Kuang, Author of June Indie Next List Top Pick “Yellowface”

“Equal parts modern satire, indictment of the publishing industry, and twisted ghost story, R. F. Kuang’s first foray into literary fiction pulls no punches and will have you reading late into the night,” said Abby Bennsky of Old Town Books in Alexandria, Virginia.

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03 May
Brian Selznick, author of "Big Tree"

A Q&A with Brian Selznick, Author of May/June Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Big Tree”

“Through exquisite art and spacious language, Big Tree is told by sibling sycamore seeds making their way in the world. It is captivating, empowering, and impactful; written for a young audience and to be enjoyed by all,” said Meghan Bousquet of Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.

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