BTW - Week of October 30, 2019

30 Oct

Winter Institute Keynotes to Spotlight a Range of Industry Voices

Booksellers will hear from Ryan Raffaelli, Rebecca Solnit, Jenny Boylan, W. Paul Coates, and more, and a special program on the final day will feature a conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds.

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30 Oct

A Letter From ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco

Here, Fiocco reflects on the fall regional trade shows and looks ahead to the changes in ABA leadership, including the arrival of incoming CEO Allison Hill.

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30 Oct

Leadership Changes Go Into Effect at the American Booksellers Association

On October 31, Oren Teicher will finish his term as CEO of ABA and Joy Dallanegra-Sanger will step into her role as chief operating officer and senior-most member of staff.

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29 Oct

Registration Underway for Special Events and Programs at Winter Institute

Registration is open now for a range of special events, including bookstore tours, appointments with publishers, advanced education sessions, a bookselling boot camp, and more.

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30 Oct

Booksellers Invited to Join Exclusive Cover Reveal for Christopher Moore’s “Shakespeare for Squirrels”

On Wednesday, November 13, indie booksellers will unveil the book jacket for bestselling author Christopher Moore’s upcoming novel and invite customers to pre-order the book through their stores.

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24 Oct

Last Call to Sign Up for Indies Introduce Special Publisher Terms

Booksellers must sign up by the end of the day today to take advantage of publisher offers on 10 adult and 10 kids’ titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

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30 Oct

New Topics Announced for November Marketing and Technology Meetups

Marketing Meetups will look at determining your marketing budget and marketing with Eventbrite, while the Technology Meetup will look at task management and staff communication tools.

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24 Oct

Sign Up Now to be Featured in the Booksellers of America Social Media Campaign

Booksellers of America is a platform to share the stories of the diverse people who own, manage, and hand-sell books in independent bookstores across the country. 

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30 Oct

New for Booksellers: Pre-Order Calendar Highlights

The Pre-Order Calendar specifically features books with added value, such as signed copies and exclusive merchandise, to entice customers to order from their local indie bookstore.

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30 Oct

Booksellers Affected by California Wildfires, Power Outages Urged to Contact Binc

Booksellers who have been affected by the fires and related power outages in California are invited to e-mail Binc at help@bincfoundation.org or to call (866) 733-9064.

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29 Oct

University Press Week Kicks Off November 3

Emphasizing the role that scholarly publishers can play in moving conversations forward on critical and complex issues, the theme for this year’s University Press Week is “Read. Think. Act.”

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30 Oct

Small Press Profile: Cinco Puntos Press

“Our publishing philosophy is very rooted in where we are,” said CEO/President John Byrd. “We’re in El Paso, Texas, which is very far outside of the traditional publishing prospects in the U.S., and that gives us a very unique perspective on what types of books we want to publish."

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29 Oct

Important Independent Bookstore Day Dates and Deadlines

The 2020 Independent Bookstore Day, an all-day celebration of independent bookstores across the nation, will take place on April 25.

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24 Oct

Check Out Well-Read Black Girl’s Book Club Picks for November

Participating bookstores should consider The Yellow House by Sarah Broom or Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson for their WRBG book clubs to try in November.

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29 Oct

Readers’ Books Owner Andy Weinberger to Publish Debut Mystery

Weinberger’s debut novel, An Old Man’s Game: An Amos Parisman Mystery, will be published December 3 by Prospect Park Books, a Pasadena-based publisher specializing in L.A. noir.

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30 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Kirkus Prize winners, PW’s Best Books of 2019 announced; Amazon stock falls; New Panorama Picks list debuts; Roman & Littlefield launches audiobook line; Nany Goat Books establishes publishing house; NYT Book Review launches excerpts in digital-only feature; ALA issues report on Amazon’s harm to libraries; Personnel changes at Penguin Books, Tom Doherty Associates, FSG, Atria; Thurber Prize for American Humor, Polari Prizes, Dagger Award winners announced

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29 Oct

Introducing Molly Bond, ABA’s New Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

Said Bond, “Indie bookstores are so important to the American way of life. Indie bookstores create a sense of community in towns and cities in a way that large corporations cannot.”

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28 Oct

IndieCommunication: New Features, Gift Card Sales, and More

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team highlights a number of changes rolling out to booksellers’ sites as well as an update about the success of gift card sales at IndieCommerce stores.

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30 Oct

Small Stores Share Strategies for Maximizing Space

Bookselling This Week recently talked to the owners of three bookstores with retail spaces under 1,500 square feet to see how they maximize the retail space in their stores.

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29 Oct

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Jaquira Díaz

Ordinary Girls is the rare type of memoir that stuck with me long after I stopped reading,” said Elissa Sweet of Bank Square Books.

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30 Oct

Booksellers Showcase Halloween Spirit on Social Media

From spooky displays to trick-or-treat events, booksellers are taking to social media to show their Halloween spirit in the lead-up to October 31.

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30 Oct

Around Indies

Epilogue to host soft opening; Next Chapter, Mind Chimes, Downbound now open; Breakwater under new ownership; Penguin, Left Bank, Buttonwood, Roundabout celebrate anniversaries; Joe’s Place owners to retire; Books of Wonder to move; New store to open in Moosterious Emporium space; Raven Book Store publishes zine; WORD launches Instagram video series; Best of Books, Alabama Booksmith, Little Professor, Thank You featured in local news. 

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