ABA’s new award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of booksellers whose ideas, creativity, and execution have improved operations, fostered community relationships, created a more inclusive environment, increased sales, and more.
Booksellers should keep an eye out for the full-color, 16-page consumer circular, which features nearly 200 frontlist and backlist titles for children and teens, all suggested by ABA member booksellers.
October 21 is the deadline for booksellers to apply for the new award; two winners will receive a full scholarship to Winter Institute 2020 in Baltimore, covering up to five hotel nights, travel costs, and a $1,000 stipend.
The October Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be sent to more than 556,000 customers at 147 ABA member stores on Thursday, October 3. Booksellers can sign up now to join the growing program.
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.