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11 Dec

What’s in a Name?: The Silver Unicorn

Here, The Silver Unicorn bookstore owner Paul Swydan talks about the origin of the store’s name, his favorite events and book clubs, and what he’s looking forward to as a new bookstore owner.

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05 Dec

Booksellers’ Social Media Showcases Holiday Marketing Ideas

Indie booksellers are taking to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to showcase their creative ideas for holiday marketing this season, including book displays, promotions, and in-store holiday activities.

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05 Dec

Around Indies

Lavender’s Bleu Literacy Market to open in Tulsa; Hartfield Book Company, A Novel Idea, McNally Jackson hold openings; Amesbury Books, Stories Like Me host pop-ups; Ownership change at Green Apple Books; Let’s Play Books celebrates anniversary; BookSmart changes location; Powell’s, Bunch of Grapes, The Next Page, Run for Cover, Books With a Past featured in local news.

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28 Nov

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Amidst a wide range of shop local festivities and author events, this year booksellers celebrated Indies First on Small Business Saturday by giving away copies of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost to kids in underserved communities.

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27 Nov

Around Indies

Business booms at indie bookstores; Black-owned bookstores on the rise; Fabled Bookshop to open; Willow Bookstore, Yardstick, Haunted Bookshop, Play, Copperfield’s Books open; Malaprop’s to open pop-up; New owners for Village Bookstore, Bisbee Books; Prairie Fox Books moves; Galaxy Bookshop celebrates 30 years; Bards Alley wins window decorating contest; Moon Palace Books hosts musical performances; Northshire to host book fair; and more.

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27 Nov

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Talks Indies on “The Literary Life With Mitchell Kaplan”

During his guest appearance on the Small Business Saturday episode of the podcast The Literary Life With Mitchell Kaplan, Teicher talked about independent bookstores and their cultural significance.

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20 Nov

Novel Books Owner Advocates for Local Infrastructure and Planning Improvements

The city of Clarksburg, Maryland, recently broke ground on Phase 1 of a sewer extension project in its historic district after 15 years of advocacy efforts on the part of Novel Books’ Patrick Darby.

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20 Nov

Firestorm Books & Coffee Appeals City’s Attempt to Shut Down Syringe Exchange Program

“Since launching our co-op in 2008, we’ve never had the city investigate the content of our community calendar,” said Firestorm’s Libertie Valance. “‘Discriminatory’ is the only way to describe the city’s actions.”

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20 Nov

Around Indies

For Keeps, Prologue Bookshop, Shakespeare and Co. UWS location to open; The Snail on the Wall, Book and Puppet Company to open pop-ups; The Babbling Book and the Dragon’s Nook gets new owner, name change; Gibson’s Bookstore, Village Lights Books, Riffraff celebrate anniversaries; Avid Bookshop owner receives award; and more.

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20 Nov

Welcome to ABA, Delaware Art Museum!

Store Supervisor and Buyer Jeanie Robino and Lead Museum Associate Jessa Mendez talked with BTW about the store’s growing presence as a new and unique destination in Delaware’s literary community.

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19 Nov

Denver’s BookBar Blends Literature and Theater

“This experience has been unique and transformative for DCPA, BookBar, and the community,” said BookBar owner Nicole Sullivan. 

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19 Nov

Children’s Book Council Prepares for 100th Anniversary Celebration of Children’s Book Week

The 2019 celebration will feature a new logo and theme, works by 20 featured illustrators, activities in 15 languages, and more.

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14 Nov

Third Place Hosts Congresswoman Jayapal and Other Ways to Create Connections With Elected Officials

Third Place Books Managing Partner Robert Sindelar offers a few best practices for booksellers looking to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their local and state elected officials.

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14 Nov

Book Community Responds to California Wildfires

As three major wildfires continue to affect the state, individual bookstores and organizations like NCIBA and Binc want to make sure booksellers and others in California get the help they need. 

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14 Nov

Around Indies

Old Town Books, Barbara’s Bookstore scheduled to open; Powell’s celebrates anniversary at PDX; Source Booksellers awarded $10,000; Village Books remodeled; Watching Books and da Pepo announce partnership; Wild Geese Bookshop, Cavalier House Books featured in news; Toadstool Bookshops prepare for Cider Monday; {pages} a bookstore launches book club; Staff changes at Bookshop Santa Cruz

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About ABA

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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