BTW Articles

05 Feb

Wi14: ABA Past Presidents on Their Early Years in Bookselling

“The five former presidents here represent a long line of former booksellers who have served as ABA President, and we’re delighted that of the five who are here, they represent those who are still in the business,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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06 Feb

Welcome to ABA, The Collective!

“Part of the mission of our store,” co-owner Nicole Conley said, “is to work with community partners like The Johnnycake Food Donation Center in order to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our community.”

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30 Jan

Around Indies

Hannah Oliver Depp takes over Upshur Street, renames it Loyalty Bookstores; Third Street Books, [words] celebrate anniversaries; Prairie Path moves; Midtown Reader collects books for libraries; Avid Bookstore makes Bulldog 100 list; Books on the Common, RJ Julia, River Bend among top bookstores to visit in Connecticut; Luisa Smith to be editor-in-chief of new mystery publisher

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30 Jan

Wi14 Education: Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project

“People want to have a chance to hear others explain their position and the chance to explain themselves to the people they disagree with,” said Chris Finan, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship. 

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21 Jan

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Your Bookstore in a Tourist Town

Booksellers from stores in tourist towns discussed strategies to capitalize on the busy season as well as marketing campaigns to run during the off-season to draw in locals. 

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Hanif Abdurraqib on Sampling, Reading, and Life in Indie Bookstores

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib read excerpts from his forthcoming book, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, and talked to booksellers about his experience growing up in Columbus, Ohio.

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24 Jan

Around Indies

Reads & Company to open; Ownership changes at blue manatee, Malaprop’s; [word] Bookstore celebrates 10th anniversary; The Book Haus to move; Word Up, Casa Camino Real, Writer’s Block, The Muse Book Shop, A Novel Idea, Shakespeare & Co., Uncle Bobbie’s featured in local news; HarperCollins exec moves to Shakespeare & Co.; Northshire opens Open Mind scholarship applications; Tattered Cover to present book and arts festival

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Margaret Atwood in Conversation With Erin Morgenstern

Bestselling author Margaret Atwood reflected on her long and prolific career, beginning with her first book signing, for The Edible Woman, at the end of 1969.

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16 Jan

Wi14 Small Business Management Seminar: Design for Strategic In-Store Merchandising

Paula Taylor will lead an intensive, three-hour deep-dive into key strategies and real-life applications of traditional and non-traditional visual merchandising techniques.

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16 Jan

Independent Bookstores Pilot the New “Open Discussion Project”

The Open Discussion Project, which launched this month, aims to promote civil conversation among left- and right-leaning individuals through book clubs held at independent bookstores across the U.S.

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