Booksellers’ top Indie Next List pick for December is The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by the former U.S. Poet Laureate. Hall selected what he considers the best of his poems for this collection, representing 70 years’ work.
More than 400 bookstores across the U.S. will be hosting Indies First celebrations on November 28, Small Business Saturday. Here are some final tips for booksellers, as well as photos of authors who helped kick off Indies First during last weekend’s Miami Book Fair International.
Bernie Tushaus, the longtime co-owner with his wife, Jane, of Prairie Books & Gifts in Hastings, Nebraska, died in October. In a letter to ABA, his son, Michael Tushaus, recently paid tribute to his father and his 40-year career in independent bookselling.
When it came to the cover of the galley for The Mirror Thief by debut author Martin Seay, independent publisher Melville House went in an unusual direction: an ARC completely covered in bookseller blurbs.
Village Books & Paper Dreams’ second location is slated to open on Friday, November 20, in Lynden, Washington. But, said store co-owner Chuck Robinson, “it’s going to require quite a few things to dovetail for it all to come together.”
Media Coalition, whose members are eight media and entertainment trade associations, including ABA, has been defending First Amendment rights since 1973. Its latest challenge to a law threatening those rights was filed this week on behalf of Garden District Book Shop and Octavia Books, among others.
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.