BTW - Week of January 25, 2019

25 Jan

14th Annual Winter Institute Highlights Indie Resurgence as New and Veteran Booksellers Come Together

Approximately 700 booksellers from 387 stores joined more than 150 authors, 120 publisher partners, and nearly 50 international guests at ABA’s largest educational event.

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25 Jan

Wi14 Town Hall Takes on Book Supply Issues, Rising Minimum Wage, Programming Diversity

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.

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Margaret Atwood in Conversation With Erin Morgenstern

Bestselling author Margaret Atwood reflected on her long and prolific career, beginning with her first book signing, for The Edible Woman, at the end of 1969.

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Reshma Saujani on How to Be Brave, Not Perfect

The founder and CEO of the national nonprofit Girls Who Code spoke to booksellers about the importance of girls and women taking risks and being fearless, rather than pursuing perfection.

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Hanif Abdurraqib on Sampling, Reading, and Life in Indie Bookstores

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.

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25 Jan

Winter Institute Heads to Baltimore in 2020

The 15th annual Winter Institute will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, from January 21 to January 24, 2020.

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25 Jan

Watch BookWeb for Winter Institute Keynotes, Education Sessions

In the coming weeks, ABA will post videos of keynote presentations and education sessions from the 2019 Winter Institute for all member booksellers to enjoy.

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25 Jan
23 Jan

Register Now for 2019 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The deadline is Friday, March 1, for ABA member stores to sign up on BookWeb for the annual shop local campaign. Bookseller registration opened on Wednesday, January 23.

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25 Jan

PW Announces 2019 Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Finalists

This year’s shortlist includes several newer stores in addition to older, established stores.

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25 Jan

AdventureKEEN Partnership With Indie Bookstores Raises Over $2,000 for Binc

Last year, outdoor and regional publisher AdventureKEEN rolled out a new version of its shop local program for independent bookstores to raise money for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

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24 Jan

Ordering Underway for Independent Bookstore Day Special Items

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.

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25 Jan

BTW News Briefs

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

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21 Jan

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Your Bookstore in a Tourist Town

Booksellers from stores in tourist towns discussed strategies to capitalize on the busy season as well as marketing campaigns to run during the off-season to draw in locals. 

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24 Jan

Around Indies

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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