BTW Articles

05 Jun

New Counterspeak Episode Available Now

In this episode, Joshua Clark Davis discusses his book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, which focuses on the role of small businesses in political movements in the 20th century.

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31 May

ABA Annual Membership Meeting: Opportunities, Challenges Lie Ahead

Among the good news presented at the ABA Annual Membership Meeting at BookExpo on Thursday, May 30, is that for the tenth year in a row association membership has grown.

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22 May

Booksellers Urged to Write Lawmakers in Cities With Losing Amazon HQ2 Proposals

State lawmakers can be encouraged to use the resources they had earmarked for the online giant to support local communities and their independent businesses instead.

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15 May

Opt-In to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

Banned Books Week promotion kits are now available to order via a form on BookWeb. This year’s theme is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” 
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08 May

Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2019

Booksellers attending this month’s BookExpo are invited to schedule a time to talk at the show with David Grogan, the American Booksellers Association’s director of ABFE, advocacy, and public policy.

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08 May

Hoboken Rallies Around Little City Books After Store’s Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Protest

Two individuals who identified themselves as part of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property protested the event at the Hoboken bookstore.

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01 May

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

In this episode, Deputy General Counsel for the New York Times David McCraw talks about the dangers of a discredited press and his “unfounded optimism” in spite of recent threats to press freedom.

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24 Apr

April “Counterspeak” Episode Available for Download

The April episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, is available for download on BookWeb, Spotify, and iTunes.

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10 Apr

Banned Books Week Announces 2019 Theme

Banned Books Week 2019, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 22-28. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” 

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03 Apr

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This installment features Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Will Creeley.

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