BTW - Week of April 10, 2019

10 Apr

Registration Now Open for ABA Programming at BookExpo

ABA programming at BookExpo 2019 will feature Meet the Editor, Publicists Speed Dating, the Children’s Book Art Silent Auction, the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea, and more.

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10 Apr
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Join Your Neighbors for Movie Night at Children’s Institute

Here from ABC Children’s Group Manager Gen de Botton is a special invitation to booksellers attending the seventh ABC Children’s Institute (Ci7) in Pittsburgh this June.

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10 Apr

Spring Forums Coming Up in MIBA, GLIBA Regions

Each Spring Forum event in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Indianapolis, Indiana, will feature an open forum discussion plus the new education session “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without.”

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10 Apr

Sign Up for IndieCommerce One-on-One Meetings at BookExpo

Booksellers are encouraged to sign up for one-on-ones with members of ABA’s IndieCommerce team, open to current IndieCommerce and IndieLite members as well as to non-members.

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10 Apr
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Share Your Info for a Chance to Earn a BookExpo Bestsellers Grant

The brand-new grant program was designed by BookExpo this year to make it possible for new independent booksellers to experience and benefit from all that the event has to offer.

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10 Apr
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Reminder: Vote for 2019 Indies Choice Book Award, E.B. White Read-Aloud Winners

Until Wednesday, April 24, ABA member booksellers will be able to go online and vote for their favorite titles from finalists in nine categories, which were chosen by a jury of booksellers.

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10 Apr

Submit Your Education Proposals Now for Winter Institute 2020

This opportunity will allow booksellers “to engage with their peers on topics and issues important to them and the larger bookselling community,” said ABA Senior Education Manager Lisa Winn.

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10 Apr

Apply Now for a Scholarship to Winter Institute 2020

To be eligible for a scholarship to the 2020 event, applicants must be from an ABA member store that has not attended Winter Institute in the past seven years.

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10 Apr

Reminder: Voting Open for ABA’s Board of Directors Election

Ballots are due April 30 for the 2019 ABA Board of Directors elections. The nominees for four director spots are Jenny Cohen, Bradley Graham, Kris Kleindienst, and Chris Morrow, as well as Jamie Fiocco for president.

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10 Apr
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Booksellers Across the Country Prepare for Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 27, will mark the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day, a one-day party taking place at indie bookstores nationwide.

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10 Apr

Livestream Announcement of Pulitzer Prize Winners and Finalists Set for April 15

Booksellers are encouraged to inform their customers that the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prize will be announced via livestream on the Prize’s website.

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09 Apr

ALA Announces Top 11 Challenged Books in 2018

The American Library Association has released its list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries in 2018.

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09 Apr

BTW News Briefs

Naples to join Hachette Books as publisher; Gorman to lead English PEN; PW covers ABA efforts with publishers; Arthur A. Levine launches Levine Querido; Arcadia acquires majority of Pelican Publishing; Personnel changes at Putnam, National Book Critics Circle, Abbeville; Man Booker International Prize, International Dublin Literary Award, Albertine Prize shortlists announced; Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners announced

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10 Apr
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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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10 Apr
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BTW Round-up: Winter Institute 14 Education Recaps

Bookselling This Week has compiled all of its coverage of the education sessions presented at Winter Institute 14, which was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this past January.

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10 Apr

April 11 Marketing Meetup to Focus on Influencer Marketing

ABA’s next marketing meetup will provide insight into the topic of influencer marketing, which takes the idea of a celebrity (influencer) endorsement and places it into a content-driven marketing campaign.

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09 Apr

Sign Up for April 18 IndieCommerce Webinar on Managing Staff and Customer Roles

The Thursday, April 18, live demonstration will cover managing staff and customer roles in the context of loyalty programs and frequent buyer clubs at bookstores.

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10 Apr
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A Q&A With Angie Thomas, Author of Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “On the Come Up”

“Excellently written and incredibly unputdownable, you will cheer and cry as Bri makes her way!” said Melissa Fox of Watermark Books & Café in Wichita, Kansas.

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10 Apr

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Christine Lynn Herman

The Devouring Gray “will have you sleeping with one eye open, if at all,” said Javier Ramirez of The Book Table about Herman’s “gripping and terrifying” debut YA novel.

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10 Apr

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Justin A. Reynolds

Nichole Cousins of White Birch Books calls Opposite of Always “a wonderful love story with hilarity, honesty, and one of the best friendship trifectas ever.” 

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10 Apr
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Bookstores Celebrate National Poetry Month With Social Media Posts

This April, booksellers nationwide are sharing their favorite poems and promoting poetry events on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in honor of National Poetry Month.

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10 Apr

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Promoting Pre-Orders

“We all know most pre-orders go to the ‘Big A’ company, even though those customers shop with us as well,” says Liberty Bay Books owner Suzanne Droppert. “We’d like to keep more of that business.” 

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10 Apr
[words] Bookstore co-owner Jonah Zimiles and author Harlan Coben.

[words] Bookstore Hosts Soft Launch Event at LifeTown Location

LifeTown is a 53,000-square-foot center that aims to redefine the landscape for individuals with special needs via recreational, therapeutic, and educational facilities. 

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10 Apr

Around Indies

Indie stores highlighted by Voice of America; The Story House, [words], Porter Square, McNally Jackson, Midtown Scholar, Walls of Books to open new locations; Turning Page, Alibi to open; Byrd’s Books owner, Second Star to the Right honored; EyeSeeMe, Main Point, Narberth, Towne Book Center, Papercuts J.P., Talking Leaves, River Dog featured in local news; Karlee Nussbaum joins Women & Children First

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