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23 Jun
A display at R.J. Julia Booksellers

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Pride Online

From book lists and displays to virtual events and throwbacks to last year's Pride, here are some of the ways indie bookstores are celebrating this year.

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16 Jun

2020 PW Bookstore of the Year Honored

Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was named Publishers Weekly’s 2020 Bookstore of the Year and recognized during the virtual ABA Annual Meeting and Town Hall on Thursday, June 11.

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20 May

Nominations Underway for Reader’s Digest’s “Nicest Places in America” Contest

For 2020, Readers Digest is inviting people to recognize those in their lives who have stood up against COVID-19 as part of Nicest Places in America 2020: United in Kindness.

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13 May
The sneeze guard at Main Street Books.

Booksellers Around the Country Show Off Their New Normal

Many bookstores are still in various states of closure to the general public, offering instead home delivery and curbside pickup, and others have reopened with social distancing measures in place.

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06 May

Nominations Open for Reader’s Digest’s “Nicest Places in America” Contest

For 2020, Readers Digest is inviting people to recognize those in their lives who have stood up against COVID-19 as part of Nicest Places in America 2020: United in Kindness.

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22 Apr
Charm City Books Care Packages

Indie Bookstores Give Back to Each Other, Their Communities

Booksellers are offering their expertise online, donating to the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign, creating care packages, and sending thank you notes to local healthcare workers. 

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11 Mar
Bestselling author and physicist Brian Greene at an event hosted by New Dominion Bookshop.

Around Indies

Odyssey, Nowhere, Strand UWS to open; Lion’s Tooth plans bookstore; Star Line to move, go coop; Flintridge moves; {pages} celebrates 10 years; Book Revue voted best bookstore; New Dominion hosts renowned physicist; Tucson indies, Country Bookshelf, Barbara’s, Lark & Owl, Orca, Towne Book Center, Pilsen Community, Cultured, Thank You, Avid, Owosso, Dog Ears, Unlikely Story featured in local news

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04 Mar

Around Indies

The Bookstore to open; Book + Bottle, new McNally Jackson, Bravo’s Book Nook now open; Avid Reader under new ownership; Papercuts JP reopens; Copperfield’s moves; Malaprop’s launches Leaning Chair Press; Warwick’s launches book drive; Raven Book Store owner publishes book of poetry; On the Side bookstore cats inducted into Feline Historical Society; Anderson’s hosts kids’ lit breakfast; Lit. Bar, Charis, Riverstone, A Cappella, Little City, Open Door, and Loyalty Bookstores featured in local news. 

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04 Mar
A display of books at Escape Pod Comics

Welcome to ABA: Escape Pod Comics

After seven years in business, owner Menachem Luchins decided to join ABA at the beginning of 2020 “to focus on moving forward as a business and store.”

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26 Feb

Around Indies

Village Books, TidePool BookShop, Oxford Comma to open; Revolution celebrates 40 years; Silver Unicorn named best retailer; Mitchell Kaplan inducted into hall of fame; Midtown Reader releases promotional video; Book Cellar manager receives award; Mercer Street Books, Greedy Reads, Old Town, Phoenix, Main Street, Third Place, Our Daily Nada featured in local news.

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25 Feb
Oliver & Friends owner Renee's cat.

Oliver & Friends Aims to Spark Conversations in Its New Maine Community

“I’m looking forward to having people in the store, to talking about books and expanding my own realm of what I tend to read,” said owner Renee Cunningham.

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19 Feb
A full house for Mary Kubica's event at Anderson's Bookshop

Around Indies

Ryan Raffaelli and Jamie Fiocco on On Point; Idle Time now Lost City Books; Mustard Seed to become Mockingbird; Book Haven sold; Barbara’s moves; Matt Miller of Tattered Cover to retire; Bookshop Santa Cruz partners with Changing Hands; Mary Kubica visits Anderson’s; Phoenix, Twig, Left Bank, Hello Hello, Brain Lair, Odyssey, Auburn Oil Co., Nicola’s featured in local news. 

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12 Feb
Little City's new location

Around Indies

Little City partners on coffee shop/bookstore; Strand to open in former Book Culture location; Vroman’s opens wine bar; A Freethinker’s Corner, Booklovers’ Gourmet to expand; Liberty Bay under new ownership; Word Up volunteers for 2020 Census; Blue Manatee, Downbound, Ripped Bodice, Love’s Sweet Arrow, Pyramid, Lit. Bar, Uncle Bobbie’s, Bookery Manchester, Northshire, Porter Square, Brain Lair, Walden Pond, Owl & Company featured in local news.

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12 Feb
An array of titles on display for Black History Month

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Black History Month

To celebrate diverse voices during Black History Month, independent bookstores across the country have created an array of book displays to share their recommendations with customers.

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05 Feb
Avoid the Day Bookstore

Around Indies

Avoid the Day opens; Busboys and Poets to add new location; Avid Reader under new ownership; Mysterious Galaxy on the move; Sassafrass grows; Kepler’s, Back of Beyond celebrate anniversaries; Loyalty, Semicolon, Kazoo, Fabled, Powell’s, Women & Children First, Sandmeyer’s featured in local news.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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