Topics discussed at the Town Hall included ABA’s actions on diversity since the last town hall, the challenge of a rising minimum wage, the importance of ABACUS, and issues with book supplies during the holidays.
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.
The catalog includes literary tea towels with quotes from Gertrude Stein and Louisa May Alcott, an On the Come Up journal from Angie Thomas, lapel pins of Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, and Margaret Atwood, and more.
Binc adds three new board members; Russell Baker dies; Swoon Reads signs deal with A+E Studios; APA’s Magination Press announces new sales teams; Graphic Arts Books renamed; PRH to close Spiegel & Grau; Personnel changes at Avery, TarcherPerigree, The New Press, University of Chicago Press, Arcadia, Chronicle, PRH, Random House Children’s; Poets & Writers announces grant; MacDowell Colony names 86 fellows; Edgar Award nominees announced; National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN Award finalists announced; Walter Dean Myers Awards, Jerusalem Prize, Diamond Gem Award winners announced
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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