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02 Oct

Applications Due October 18 for James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program

Patterson is pledging a personal contribution of $250,000 to independent bookstore employees, which will be granted in amounts of $500 to 500 individual booksellers. 

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02 Oct

Around Indies

All Things Inspiration, Thank You, Auburn Oil Company, Literatus to open; Volumes, Towne Center to open new locations; Bluestocking now open; Poisoned Pen celebrates 30 years; Toadstool Milford location to move; words! goes co-op; Palabras among best of Phoenix; 27th Letter semifinalist in Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest; Paper Boat, Firestorm, Prairie Lights, Seminary Co-op, The Open Book, Wild Detectives, Texian mentioned in local news. 

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02 Oct
Nowhere Bookshop

Author Jenny Lawson Aims to Create a Sanctuary With Nowhere Bookshop

Nowhere Bookshop will be a community and event-driven space, Lawson said, and will feature a bar. 

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01 Oct

Upon Marking Their First Anniversaries, Four New Bookstore Owners Look Back

Bookselling This Week recently reached out to four bookstore owners after one year in business to talk about what they expected, what surprised them, and what they wished they had known going in.

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25 Sep
Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link with Small Beer Press author Kim Scott at White Square Books.

Author Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant to Open Book Moon in Easthampton, Massachusetts

Author Kelly Link and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, the team behind Small Beer Press, are set to purchase White Square Books, which will reopen under the name Book Moon in early October.

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25 Sep

Around Indies

Paper Boat, Sausalito Books by the Bay, new Little City location to open; Sidekick, Completely Booked, Libreria now open; Fables marks three months; Jane Mead dies at 61; MahoganyBooks among top minority business enterprises; Charlie Lovett wins Bookmarks Literary Achievement Award; Read With Me partners with Kid Lab; Book Culture, McNally Jackson, Shakespeare & Co., Neverending Bookshop, WORD Bookstores, Parnassus, Octavia, Pegasus, Moe’s, Mrs. Dalloway’s, University Press mentioned in local news.

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24 Sep

Indie Bookstores Mark Banned Books Week on Social Media

Indie booksellers are celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event that serves as an opportunity for advocates to explain why it is important to preserve everyone’s right to read and view what they want.

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24 Sep

Reminder: Sign Up to Be Part of “Booksellers of America” Social Media Campaign

The campaign aims to illustrate the work that indie bookstores do for their communities and engage the next generation of career booksellers and local shoppers to come.

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18 Sep

Around Indies

The Lion’s Mouth, Charm City to open; BookBar owner to open community book bank; Square Books opens fourth location; Righton hosts grand opening; New owners for Orinda; Mr. Mopps moves; Greenlight celebrates 10 years; Danny Caine named Midwest Bookseller of the Year; Personnel changes at Quail Ridge; Blue Manatee hosts raffle; Wild Rumpus, Published Page, Next Chapter, The Last Bookstore featured in local news.

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18 Sep

Reminder: Applications Open for ABA’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

ABA’s new award celebrates booksellers whose ideas, creativity, and execution have improved operations, fostered community relationships, inspired new efficiencies, created a more inclusive environment, and/or increased sales.  

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18 Sep
Mariana Calderon

Bookselling’s Next Generation: An Interview With Mariana Calderon

Bookselling This Week’s new column highlights younger indie booksellers who are having a positive impact on their stores and communities.

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11 Sep

Booksellers on Southeastern U.S. Coast Post Updates Following Hurricane Dorian

Bookselling This Week collected several social media posts from bookstores in the southeastern U.S. that are recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.

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11 Sep
Word Up bookstore storefront

Word Up Partners With Lin-Manuel Miranda, AmEx to Give Away Books

Emmanuel Abreu, a volunteer at Word Up, said Miranda “doesn’t just appreciate his neighborhood, but he supports local shops and community organizations all the time. And we truly appreciate that.”

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11 Sep

Around Indies

Sidekick, Busboys and Poets, Auburn Oil Co. to open; Commonplace Reader, Paper Boat now open; Murphy’s to stay open; Quail Ridge to celebrate 35th; New owners for Linden Tree Books; Jeff and Julie Kinney buy site across from Unlikely Story; Ellen Ourada of Wild Rumpus to retire; Boogie Down to provide books to incarcerated teens; Lexie Bean recipient of Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency; Casa Camino Real, Gramercy, Second Star to the Right host events; Hideaway on list of Utah bookstores; Cornell University newspaper promotes shopping at indies. 

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11 Sep

Green Apple Books Buys Browser Books

“We’re proud to help shepherd the beloved Browser Books into the future,” said Green Apple’s Pete Mulvihill, who co-owns the store with Kevin Hunsanger. 

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The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

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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