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10 Sep

Indie Booksellers Take Back Center Stage on Release Day for Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”

Indie booksellers across the country took to social media to entice customers to their stores on the official September 10 release date of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

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10 Sep
Peter Schertz, Evan Schertz, Andrea Avantaggio

Maria’s Bookshop Celebrates 35 Years in Business

Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado, is thanking its community on its 35th anniversary with a celebration of the rich history of the shop and a commitment to an exciting future.

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04 Sep
Bodacious Bookstore & Cafe sign

Around Indies

Jenny Lawson’s Nowhere to open; Bodacious to host grand opening; Phoenix Books Misty Valley becomes Blair Books & More; Vroman’s rebrands, celebrates 125th; Small World celebrates 50th; Wellesley wins Independent Spirit Award; New Dominion named best in Charlottesville; Books Inc. showcases remodel; Three Sisters, Octavia, Bookie’s, Rediscovered, Penn Book Center, Drama Book Shop, McNally Jackson, Books Are Magic, Greenlight, The Lit. Bar, The Bookmark Shoppe, Bluestocking, Mysterious Galaxy, Warwick’s, Longfellow, Sherman’s featured in local news. 

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03 Sep
Scenes from the National Book Festival 2019

Politics & Prose Sells Nearly 17,000 Books at 2019 National Book Festival

According to Bradley Graham, who co-owns Politics & Prose with his wife, Lissa Muscatine, the pop-up store offered titles from the more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators featured at the festival.

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28 Aug
Katherine Reay posing with a Mad Lib will, given to her by Saturn Booksellers.

Around Indies

Patchouli Joe’s to open; Fabled, McNally Jackson Seaport District, Book & Puppet debut; DIESEL, Greedy Reads, Tattered Cover to open new locations; Gottwals, Ivy to move; Penn Book Center under new ownership; The Book Worm transitions to co-op; Vroman’s, Women & Children First, Square celebrate anniversaries; Casa Camino Real hosts fiesta; Third Street, Hooray for Books!, Neverending Bookshop, Rediscovered, Books & Books, Lark & Owl, M. Judson, Queen Anne, Wild Geese, Saturn, Greenlight, Unabridged, Left Bank, The Last Bookstore, Montague Bookmill, Sun Rose, Words!, BookTowne, River Road, BookBar, Literati, Nicola’s, Bookworks featured in local news

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28 Aug
Denise Phillips of Gathering Volumes bookstore

Bookseller Launches Teen Book Festival After Attending Ci7 Events University

“The big takeaway from Events University was that launching a festival is feasible, and it is possible to do it without an army,” said Gathering Volumes owner Denise Phillips.

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21 Aug

Politics & Prose Returns as Official Bookseller for 2019 National Book Festival

The co-owner of Politics & Prose, Bradley Graham, recently spoke with BTW about what the store does every year in its role as the official bookseller for the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

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21 Aug

Around Indies

Sidekick to open; Palabras celebrates four years; Books Inc. remodels; Bookmarks recognized by school librarians; Half Price to be exclusive retailer for Mary Kay on People Management; Books Are Magic to sell “Melt the Guns” totes; Carmichael’s, The Open Door, Vintage, Weller Book Works, BookBar, Tattered Cover, Boulder, Book Soup, The Last Bookstore, Skylight, Vroman’s featured in local news. 

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21 Aug

The Furry Faces of Bookselling: Volume IV

Bookselling This Week once again offers a roundup of the dogs, cats, and other creatures that make indie bookstores their homes.

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21 Aug

Patty Norman of Copperfield’s Launches the Bookstormer Foundation

As booksellers, said Patty Norman of Copperfield’s Books, “our biggest job is that kids feel like they’re recognized and respected and welcomed in bookstores, whoever they are.”

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14 Aug

Around Indies

Sandcastle Tales opens; Erin Rivera takes over Frugal Frigate; Book + Bottle, Madison Street to open; Sweetwood, Adventure Bound, Ivy move; Narrow Gauge celebrates first year; Branches Books and Gifts named Business of the Year; Drew Sieplinga featured on The Moth; Main Street Books, Brewster, Third Street, The Bookstore, Love’s Sweet Arrow, Nantucket Bookworks, Wild Detectives, Porter Square, Northshire, Jane Addams, Old Town, Birchbark, Books Are Magic, Turnrow, Literati featured in local news. 

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14 Aug
Marissa and Roseann Backlin of Love's Sweet Arrow.

What’s in a Name? Love’s Sweet Arrow

Mother-daughter duo and avid romance readers Marissa and Roseann Backlin opened Love’s Sweet Arrow, a new and used romance bookstore, in Tinley Park, Illinois, this past June. 

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07 Aug
An interior view of Books on the Pond.

Around Indies

Books on the Pond now open; Lark and Owl to host grand opening; Rediscovered, Half Price to open new locations; Patchouli Joe’s to open; Between Books 2.0 relocates; Cabot St. sold, renamed Copper Dog Books; Weller Book Works, Yellowknife Book Cellar, Main Street celebrate anniversaries; Staff changes at Seminary Coop; Doylestown to offer subscription service; Source, Pages, Underground Railroad Reading Station, Carmichael’s, Ripped Bodice, Phoenix, Semicolon, Browseabout, Wild Detectives, Book Barn, Village Square, Malaprop’s, Trident, Pagination mentioned in local news. 

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07 Aug

Nominate a Colleague for a Holiday Bookstore Bonus From James Patterson

Bookstore employees, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers can all submit bonus nominations on behalf of any current indie bookstore employee of an ABA member store.

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07 Aug

BTW Asks Smaller Stores: How Do You Handle Pre-Orders?

BTW spoke to four owners of smaller and/or micro-stores stores who offered insight on how they manage pre-orders and what they do to promote the option to customers. 

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