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05 Jun
UC Santa Cruz's mascot, Sammy the Slug.

Around Indies

Reads & Company to open; Bookshop Santa Cruz opens mini shop; Bookends & Beginnings celebrates 5th anniversary; Books & Company wins IBD window contest; M and M, Purple Crow featured in local news.

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31 May
The Golden Fig is now open.

Around Indies

Golden Fig opens; Turning Page, Alibi to open; Penn Book Center to stay open; Green Arcade, Changing Hands celebrate anniversaries; Writer’s Block to move; Brookline Booksmith, Rediscovered named best bookstores; Jospeh-Beth bookseller to judge Kentucky Bluegrass Award; Bookmarks announces employee of the month; BookBar, The Lit. Bar, Bookends & Beginnings, The Book Worm, Mil Mundos, Roundabout, Classic Lines, Well-Read Moose featured in local news; and more. 

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31 May
Blue Manatee receiving IWI award

Blue Manatee Literacy Project and Bookstore Wins Binc and PRH’s Indies With Impact Grant

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation created the Indies with Impact grant program as a way to recognize, support, and strengthen the connections bookstores have with their neighbors.

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30 May

Sign-Ups Continue for 2019 #HarperCollinsLovesIndies Facebook Live Program

The publisher has also created a new hashtag, #TheHandSellLive, for the 2019 campaign, which booksellers can use to tag their videos on Facebook and when reposting them to other social media platforms.

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22 May

Four New Publishers Offer Programs for Indies in Wake of B&T Announcement

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Capstone, Scholastic, and Workman are the latest publishers to offer special programs for indies after the news that wholesaler Baker & Taylor will no longer distribute to retailers.

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22 May

Around Indies

Michael Tucker, Margie Scott Tucker to retire; Round Table to open; Astra Titus to take over Curious George; Half Price Concord location to reopen; Partners Village, Green Arcade celebrate anniversaries; Loyalty Books looks to expand; Personnel changes at Community Bookstore, Greenlight; Chapters hosts former U.S. Poet Laureate; Doylestown honored by mayor; Kit Harington stops by R.J. Julia; Bookmarks to host 15th Annual Festival of Books and Authors; Brookline Booksmith, Harvard, Porter Square, Trident, New Dominion, Point Reyes, Green Apple, DIESEL, East Bay, Dog Eared, R&B, BookBar, Unabridged, The Last Bookstore featured in local news; Reader's Digest shares best-loved bookstore in each state

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20 May

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Having Conversations About the Importance of Shopping Local

Bookselling This Week talked with Billie Bloebaum of Third Street Books about how she navigates conversations with friends, family, customers, and authors about the value of shopping local.

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16 May
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BTW to Arrive Next Friday From BookExpo

Instead of the usual Wednesday, Bookselling This Week's next issue will come out Friday, May 31, with reporting from BookExpo 2019.

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15 May

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

The meetup, which featured founder Glory Edim and three guest booksellers, covered the different ways participating bookstores can market the WRBG book club.

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14 May
Afterwords Books in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Around Indies

Octavia, Garden District, Tubby & Coo's, Blue Cypress celebrate New Orleans IBD; Root & Press, Berry & Co., Paper Boat to open; Afterwords celebrates 10 years; The Fountain Bookstore included in Southern Living's Best Bookstores list; Barbara's, The Book Cellar, RoscoeBooks named best in Chicago; The Lit. Bar, The Brain Lair, Charis, Half Price, Reads & Company, Johns Creek featured in local news.

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14 May

James Patterson Opens Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program for 2019

For the sixth year in a row, the author will work with ABA to distribute a personal donation of $250,000 to indie booksellers. This year, a dedicated number of the bonuses will go to children's booksellers. 
 

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13 May

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

This summer, Reader’s Digest is giving readers the chance to nominate any town, city, organization, or business across the country as the kindest, nicest place in the U.S.

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08 May

Last Call for 2019 Independent Business Survey Responses

ABA member bookstores must submit their responses for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business’ survey about business challenges by Wednesday, May 8.

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08 May

Around Indies

Shakespeare & Co. to open new location; Linda’s Story Time sold, renamed Turning the Page; Old Town Books pop-up goes permanent; Northshire welcomes new ca; Carmichael’s, The Lit. Bar, Jane Addams, Literati, Uncle Bobbie’s, MahogonyBooks, Sankofa, Pyramid, Wild Geese, The Bookshop, Raven Book Store, Greedy Reads featured in local news; New Dominion hosts Rose Garden Party; The Novel Neighbor hosts OMG Bookfest; BookPeople to host Summer Reading Splash; and more.

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08 May
Mental health is as important as physical health

Bookstore Owners, Managers on Balancing Employees’ Mental Health Needs With Business Concerns

BTW recently reached out to booksellers to discuss strategies they have implemented as well as difficulties they face in meeting the needs of employees with mental health issues.

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