BTW - Week of January 29, 2020

29 Jan

111 ABA Member Stores Open in 2019; 25 Sold to New Owners

The new stores include a romance bookstore, a veteran-owned bookstore, a youth-based bookstore, a bookmobile, and branches of existing businesses.

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29 Jan

ABA Board Proposes Changes to Association Bylaws

ABA member booksellers will be asked to vote on these proposed changes starting on February 29.

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28 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 2020 Winter Institute for all member booksellers to enjoy.

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29 Jan

Wi15 Keynote: “Bookselling and Liberation: Black Bookstores in America, From the ’60s to the Present”

Black bookstores faced a tremendous amount of legal persecution, but were booming by the end of the 1960s; since then, they have experienced resurgences and recessions coinciding with social movements.

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29 Jan

Wi15 Presentation: “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Conversation With Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds”

The authors recently collaborated on a book for young people that aims to shine a light on the many forms of racism as well as ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives.

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29 Jan

BookExpo Brings Back Bestsellers Grant Program for Indie Booksellers

The grant includes a three-night stay at the Wyndham New Yorker and $150 in BookExpo Bucks.

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29 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Carnegie Medal winners announced; Lee and Low releases annual diversity survey; Bywater Books to launch Amble Press; Latest Panorama Picks announced; February named National Romance Reading Month; Digital Book World bans Macmillan; Kim Gray joins S&S; Matthew Patin joins Texas Book Festival; Obama’s Becoming wins Grammy; PEN America announces award winners; Costa Book of the Year named

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27 Jan

Orders Due February 3 for Independent Bookstore Day Special Items

Exclusive items this year come from Amor Towles, Ottessa Moshfegh, Jon Klassen, Dav Pilkey, Shea Serrano, and others. Bookstore Day shirts and tote bags are also available for ordering.

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27 Jan

Registration Underway for the 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

ABA member stores have until Sunday, March 1, to sign up for the campaign, which is co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA. Participation is capped at 250 stores.

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27 Jan

Join ABA’s January 30 Marketing Meetup: “Marketing Your Bookstore Pet”

The January 30 session will focus on how booksellers can leverage their furry and cuddly (or even the not-so-furry or cuddly) pets to drive attention to their store and bring in customers.

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29 Jan

Sign Up for ABA’s February 4 Technology Meetup

In this session, booksellers will learn about best practices for password security.

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27 Jan

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

For the upcoming membership year, the American Booksellers Association is inviting all member bookstores to renew their dues via an online form.

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27 Jan

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

A special 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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28 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Author Jenn Shapland

“Shapland’s book intertwines her experience of archiving Carson McCullers’ personal effects with a fresh understanding of McCullers’ life as a lesbian,” said Mimi Hannan of La Playa Books in San Diego.

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27 Jan

The February ’20 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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29 Jan

Around Indies

Books Are Awesome! opens; Vroman’s to open lit-themed bar; City of Asylum creates poet laureate posts; Loyalty to launch kids’ pop-up; A Room of One’s Own, Mystery to Me included in Star of Madison; [words], Locust Valley, Rakestraw, Parnassus featured in local news. 

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