BTW - Week of December 18, 2019

18 Dec

Nominate Now for the ABA Board of Directors Election

Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2020; self-nominations are also welcome.

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17 Dec

Record Number of Publishers to Support Winter Institute 15

The 2020 Winter Institute is made possible by the generous support of Ingram Content Group, the event’s lead sponsor, and additional support from 134 publishers large and small.

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18 Dec

Sign Up Now for Wi15 Special Program “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

“I’m so excited to hear Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi talk about not only their research and the historical context of the book...but also their collaboration,” said Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop. 

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18 Dec

Wi15 Education Session to Detail How to Establish a Healthy Work-Life Balance

“I’m looking forward to sharing resources and practical considerations for reducing work-life stress, improving work design, and promoting worker well-being,” said session leader Jeannie A.S. Nigam, MS, PHDc.

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18 Dec

Winter Institute to Offer One-on-One Meetings with Publishers

Booksellers can sign up now to book an appointment with one of the 19 publishing companies that have signed up to take part. 

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17 Dec

Know Before You Go: Check Out ABA’s Code of Conduct

Last year, ABA announced the establishment of a new code of conduct for all association meetings and events, which is available for review on BookWeb.

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18 Dec

ABA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee on Books That Matter to Them

“We hope you enjoy these recommendations and find it helpful as you make your way through the rest of the holiday season (or all year long),” writes the committee.

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18 Dec

As 2019 Comes to a Close, Binc Offers Donors a Chance to Double Their Impact

Through December 31, Penguin Random House is matching all donations to Binc up to $15,000, doubling the power and impact of individual contributions.

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18 Dec

BTW News Briefs

Julia Cowlishaw named Vroman’s, Book Soup CEO; Shelf interviews incoming ABA CEO Allison Hill; Trump administration suspends December 15 tariffs; White paper offered on FedEx and UPS rate increase; Libro.fm touts audiobooks as a green gift; NPD names bestselling book of decade; Pearson sells remaining PRH stake to Bertelsmann; Simon & Schuster to distribute Manning; IPG to distribute former Time Books Inc. imprint and Océana Travesía; Personnel changes at Viz Media, HMH; Oprah to receive Poets & Writers’ Leadership Award; PEN Literary Award, International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlists announced; 2019 Business Book Award, L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize, special Edgar Award winners announced; NAIBA names Winter Institute scholarship winner

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13 Dec

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in October

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 1.7 percent in October 2019 compared to October 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. 

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18 Dec

Swedish Ambassador Charged Over Unauthorized Talks to Free Bookseller in Chinese Detention

The Swedish government has charged former ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt over unauthorized talks she initiated between Chinese men and the daughter of detained bookseller Gui Minhai.

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17 Dec

ABA Compiles Top 10 Education Resources Posts on BookWeb.org

Booksellers are encouraged to visit BookWeb.org’s Education Resources page to see videos, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and more from recent ABA education sessions and featured talks. 

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18 Dec

A Q&A With Kiley Reid, Author of January’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Kiley Reid’s startling debut perfectly captured what it means to be a woman,” said Gennifer Eccles of Flyleaf Books about Such a Fun Age.

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18 Dec

Around Indies

Morland Books, Bravo’s Book Nook open; Still North to hold soft opening; Mysterious Galaxy under new ownership; Papercuts J.P., Inkwood, Word After Word on the move; Sandpiper, FoxTale named best bookstores; Green Apple, WORD, Northshire, Waucoma, Politics and Prose, Volumes, Norwich, Anderson’s, McNally Jackson, Gibson’s, Nowhere, People’s Books & Culture, Page and Palette, Haunted Book Shop, Wild Detectives, 27th Letter, Mysterious Bookshop featured in local news.

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