BTW Articles

17 Feb

International Booksellers Follow Winter Institute With Work at Indie Bookstores

After attending Winter Institute 11, New Zealand booksellers Kiran Dass and Helen Wadsworth and U.K. bookseller Jane Streeter spent a few days working alongside their American colleagues at bookstores in California and Colorado, respectively.

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17 Feb

Paz & Associates Debuts Online Training System for New Bookstore Owners

The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates has launched “Owning a Bookstore: Foundations for Your Success,” a new online training program for prospective bookstore owners.

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16 Feb

Brian Juenemann Named PNBA Executive Director

On March 1, Brian Juenemann will succeed Thom Chambliss as executive director of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

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17 Feb

Wi11: Owners of Very Small Stores Share Event Management Tips

At the Winter Institute 11 education session “Event Management for the Very Small Store,” owners and event coordinators from self-defined very small stores took home actionable tips on managing time, resources, publicity, and budgets for in-store and off-site events.

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03 Feb

Wi11 Education Session Brings Human Resources to the Forefront

Dr. John Sherlock, director of the Master of Science in Human Resources Program at Western Carolina University, led a discussion at Winter Institute 11 focusing on HR essentials for small businesses.

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24 Jun

The Booksellers’ Dayton Location Prepping for September Opening

Neil Van Uum, the owner of The Booksellers at Laurelwood and The Booksellers on Fountain Square, will open The Booksellers at Austin Landing in early September. The store is located in a new shopping development in Dayton, Ohio, and will feature a wide selection of children’s books and a café with a drive-through window.

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26 Jan

Winter Institute 11: A Record-Breaking Number of Booksellers, a Salute to Joyce Meskis, a Powerful New Shop Local Study, and So Much More

The 11th annual Winter Institute, held from Saturday, January 23, through Tuesday, January 26, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, was ABA’s biggest standalone education event yet. Close to 600 ABA member booksellers took part, along with more than 100 authors, 160 publishing professionals, 35 Consultation Station service providers, and 40 international guests from eight countries.

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03 Feb

Melanie Benjamin on “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” February’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

The Swans of Fifth Avenue, which evokes Truman Capote’s entrée into socialite Babe Paley’s rarified life and his ultimate betrayal of her, is a “fun, kind of gossipy read” that author Melanie Benjamin hopes readers will enjoy.

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26 Jan

Douglas Preston, Richard Russo on the DOJ and Amazon

The featured talk “Authors, Agents, and Booksellers — United for a Fair Marketplace” provided Wi11 attendees with an update on last July’s appeal to the DOJ by ABA and Authors United that called for an investigation of Amazon’s business practices.

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26 Jan

Wi11: Amy Cuddy Reveals Power of the Body-Mind Connection

Booksellers were brought to their feet by Harvard Business School associate professor Amy Cuddy’s Winter Institute keynote speech, inspired by the message that adopting confident body language can improve one’s ability to be truly present in life’s toughest situations.

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