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03 Apr

Maria’s Bookshop Will Stay in the Family

“I grew up with this bookstore,” said Evan Schertz, son of Andrea Avantaggio and Peter Schertz. “I’m very excited to step in to learn all I can and lead Maria’s Bookshop into the next chapter.”

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03 Apr

Around Indies

Changing Hands, Title Wave celebrate anniversaries; Bookbub, Uproxx, VisitDallas.com, Hoodline name top bookstores in U.S.; River House Books named best in Monterey County; Powell's, San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, Hub City, Bennington Bookshop featured in local news; Tom Gerald retires.

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02 Apr
Andrew Yang at Prairie Lights in Iowa City.

Iowa City Bookstore Hosts 2020 Presidential Candidates

Prairie Lights in Iowa City, located in the swing state of Iowa, recently hosted 2020 presidential candidates Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang. 

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29 Mar

2019 Pannell Award Winners Announced

The Women’s National Book Association awarded this year’s Pannell Awards to 57th Street Books in Chicago and to Hicklebee’s Bookstore in San Jose, California.

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29 Mar

2019 PW Bookstore, Sales Rep of the Year Announced

Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was named Publishers Weekly’s 2019 Bookstore of the Year; PW chose Cindy Heidemann as its 2019 Sales Rep of the Year.

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26 Mar

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Featured in “Brews and Views” Discussion Series

Teicher talked about independent bookstores with Lenny Mendonca, owner of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and director of California’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

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26 Mar

Around Indies

Texian now open; Charis relocates; Book Den owner celebrates 40 years; The Well-Read Moose celebrates fifth anniversary, Boswell celebrates 10th anniversary; Ellen Plumb's named Emerging Business of the Year; Books & Books, E. Shaver, The Book Store, The Book Catapult, Run for Cover, The Lit. Bar, Classic Lines, Elliott Bay, Ada's Technical featured in local news; Dudley's joins 1% for the Planet.

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26 Mar
Greenlight Bookstore's storefront.

How Your Bookstore's Charitable Giving Can Be Mutually Beneficial

“We thought it would be worthwhile to try to add up all the ways the bookstore gives back in a given year and share that with customers who might not be aware of the scope of it,” Jessica Stockton Bagnulo said. “It’s also a way to point out how much independent and locally owned stores in general contribute to their communities, and reinforce our message of the value of shopping local.”

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19 Mar
Lark and Owl sign

Around Indies

Mil Mundos opens; The Open Book to hold grand opening; Lark & Owl to open; Collected Works to reopen; Murder on the Beach to move; Bethany Beach, Fables and Fairy Tales named top stores; Raven Book Store owner profiled; The Brain Lair hosts presidential candidate; Bluestocking, Old Town, The Wild Detectives, Deep Vellum, and more featured in news stories.

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12 Mar

Around Indies

Dickens Children’s Books, The Lit. Bar, Busboys and Poets, Blue Manatee Literacy Project to open; Bay Books to move; Women & Children First, Joe’s Place celebrate anniversaries; Bookmarks, Ellen Plumb’s honored; Staff changes at 57th Street; Poor Richard’s, Books With a Past, Anderson’s, City Lights, Appletree, Loganberry, The Learned Owl, Hicklebee’s featured in local news; and more.

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11 Mar
Blue Willow Bookshop's logo

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Using Twitter to Promote Linking to Indies

“Indie bookstores are awesome, as we all know, and it’s a good day if we can raise their profile,” said Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop.

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11 Mar

ABA Seeks Photos of Pre-Order Promotions in Bookstores

The photos of book displays, shelf-talkers, and other in-store signage that booksellers send in will be used in materials for future education sessions at ABA events, including this year’s Spring Forums.

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11 Mar
#ChooseIndie

Second Star to the Right Asks Denver Readers to #ChooseIndie

As Amazon Books opened its first Denver storefront last week, Second Star to the Right Books penned a letter to the city’s readers to remind them of the wonder of the city’s independent bookstores.

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06 Mar

Around Indies

Dog Moon opens; Ownership changes at San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe; Regulator celebrates first birthday under new ownership; Sassafras on Sutton reopens; Word Up owner Veronica Santiago Liu honored; New Dominion featured on PBS; Bookmarks the setting for On the Come Up video; Page and Palette, The Mitten Word, Firestorm, Watermark, Short Stories featured in local news

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04 Mar

Binc and Penguin Random House Launch “Indies With Impact” Grant Program

Two grants will be awarded to two bookstores that work with a nonprofit or organization on a program to strengthen their local communities and encourage reading.

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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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