BTW - Week of January 30, 2019

30 Jan

Binc’s Heads or Tails Game at Wi14 Raises $7,559 for Booksellers in Need

The winner of the $500 grand prize was Whitney Balaun of LIBRIS, who was playing on behalf of Sunriver Books & Music’s Deon Stonehouse.

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30 Jan

Wi14 Education: Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project

“People want to have a chance to hear others explain their position and the chance to explain themselves to the people they disagree with,” said Chris Finan, executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship. 

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30 Jan

Winter Institute’s Grand Finale With Podcast Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Kilgariff and Hardstark are the authors of Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide, a memoir/humor/advice book and a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut.

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29 Jan

Help ABA Plan for Winter Institute 15

Booksellers who attended Winter Institute 14 are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey and sign into the Winter Institute app to complete session evaluations.

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30 Jan

Amy’s Bookcase Wins Custom Illustration From Bob Eckstein

During Winter Institute, lucky bookstore Amy’s Bookcase in Farmington, New Mexico, won the opportunity to have New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein create a custom illustration of the store.

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29 Jan

A Look at 15 Years of Winter Institute Locations

From Long Beach in 2006 to Baltimore in 2020, here’s a map highlighting all of the locations that have hosted (or will soon host) indie booksellers for this annual event.

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29 Jan

ABA Seeks Feedback on Kobe Bryant’s Appearance at Wi14

All Winter Institute attendees are invited to share their thoughts with the American Booksellers Association.

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29 Jan

2019 BookExpo Registration Opens

The annual trade show, which will feature a variety of programming for American Booksellers Association members, will be held from Wednesday, May 29, through Friday, May 31.

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30 Jan

ALA Announces 2019 Adult, Youth Award Winners

Prizes announced included the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and the winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Newbery and Caldecott Medals.

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30 Jan

Small Press Profile: Two Lines Press

The year 2019 will be a groundbreaking one for Two Lines Press, as it will include the first-ever novel by a Thai woman translated into English and the press’ first work of speculative fiction.

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30 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Association of University Presses members to donate books to National Museum of Brazil; Otto Penzler and Pegasus Books to create Scarlet; S&S to distribute David Zwirner Books; NetGalley launches NetGalley Advanced; Personnel changes at Viking/Penguin, HMH; Man Booker Prize seeking new sponsor; PBS-NYT Book Club picks The Wife for February

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28 Jan

Independent Bookstore Day Orders Due February 1

Booksellers have just a couple more days to place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day.

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28 Jan

Sign Up to Become a Children’s Book Week Event Host

More than 150 indie stores have already registered to serve as event hosts for the April 29–May 5 celebration.

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28 Jan

Signup Underway to Host Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

Well-Read Black Girl, founded by Glory Edim, provides a vital space for black female readers and writers to connect and grow in conversation.

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28 Jan

The Clock’s Ticking: Renew Your ABA Dues Now!

The current membership year expires on January 31, so stores are encouraged to submit their dues renewal right away to avoid a break in ABA benefits.

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28 Jan

Keep ABA in the Loop: Tell Us About Changes at Your Store

A new section on the American Booksellers Association’s website invites booksellers to create a store profile, adjust their e-mail preferences, and update their current store buyers.

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30 Jan

Greenlight Bookstore Responds to Proposed Paid Vacation Legislation With Public Letter

Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo asked the City Council to consider taking actions in support of the city’s small businesses as it addresses paid vacation legislation.

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30 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Dana Czapnik

Sarah Bagby, owner Watermark Books & Café in Wichita, Kansas, calls The Falconer “a wise and beguiling novel about coming of age in the 1990s.”

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28 Jan

The February ’19 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The February Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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30 Jan

Around Indies

Hannah Oliver Depp takes over Upshur Street, renames it Loyalty Bookstores; Third Street Books, [words] celebrate anniversaries; Prairie Path moves; Midtown Reader collects books for libraries; Avid Bookstore makes Bulldog 100 list; Books on the Common, RJ Julia, River Bend among top bookstores to visit in Connecticut; Luisa Smith to be editor-in-chief of new mystery publisher

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