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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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07 May
Let's Talk About Pre-Orders!

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Promoting Pre-Orders

“It’s a lot about customer awareness,” said Liz Hottel of Politics & Prose, “and making sure they know that their independent bookstore can provide the same things that Amazon can.”

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07 May

Make the ABA Website Your Own With Shelf-Talkers and Store Photos

Booksellers are encouraged to send in photos and shelf-talkers for “Featured Shelf-talkers” and “Bookstore Showcase,” two special features on BookWeb.org that highlight individual bookstores.

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01 May
The Lit. Bar logo, which is half of a wine glass place next to half of a book.

Around Indies

Madison Books, The Lit. Bar now open; GoGo Books hits the road; Book Trader owner to open pop-up; Off the Beaten Path celebrates 10 years; A Capella, Harvard, Brookline Booksmith, Trident, Newtonville, MahagonyBooks, Second Star to the Right, Storied Owl, BookPeople of Moscow, Silver Unicorn, Left Bank, Blue Cypress, Garden District, Our Daily Nada, and others featured in local news

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01 May

ABA Partners With Reader’s Digest to Promote 2019 “Nicest Places in America” Contest

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

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01 May

ABA Celebrates Grand Opening of The Lit. Bar, the Bronx’s New Bookstore/Wine Bar

On April 27, CEO Oren Teicher represented the American Booksellers Association at the grand opening of The Lit. Bar, the new independent bookstore and wine bar in the South Bronx.

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