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22 May

Silent Art Auction at BookExpo to Feature Art From More Than 100 Children’s Book Illustrators

A variety of children’s book illustrators are donating original art from a published or forthcoming book to be auctioned off to raise money for ABFE and Every Child a Reader.

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22 May

Booksellers Urged to Write Lawmakers in Cities With Losing Amazon HQ2 Proposals

State lawmakers can be encouraged to use the resources they had earmarked for the online giant to support local communities and their independent businesses instead.

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17 May

2020 Vision USA Offers Discounts for ABA Booksellers

The eyeglasses wholesale company also donates a portion of its profits on behalf of ABA member bookstores to support freedom of speech through the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

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15 May

Make an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2019

Booksellers attending BookExpo this month are invited to schedule a time to talk at the show with David Grogan, ABA’s director of ABFE, advocacy, and public policy.
 
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15 May

Opt-In to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

Banned Books Week promotion kits are now available to order via a form on BookWeb. This year’s theme is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” 
 
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08 May

Hoboken Rallies Around Little City Books After Store’s Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Protest

Two individuals who identified themselves as part of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property protested the event at the Hoboken bookstore.

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08 May

Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2019

Booksellers attending this month’s BookExpo are invited to schedule a time to talk at the show with David Grogan, the American Booksellers Association’s director of ABFE, advocacy, and public policy.

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06 May

Don’t Miss Out on These Children’s Bookselling Events at BookExpo

ABA member booksellers attending BookExpo are encouraged to buy tickets for the 2019 Children’s Book Art Silent Auction and the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea.

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01 May

May 8 Deadline: Submit Responses for 2019 Independent Business Survey

On April 25, booksellers received an e-mail from ABA with a link to a survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business. Answers to the survey are due by May 8.

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01 May

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

In this episode, Deputy General Counsel for the New York Times David McCraw talks about the dangers of a discredited press and his “unfounded optimism” in spite of recent threats to press freedom.

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24 Apr

Tickets On Sale Now for Children’s Book Art Silent Auction at BookExpo

A perennial BookExpo favorite, the Silent Auction will donate proceeds from the Wednesday, May 29, event to the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader.

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24 Apr

April “Counterspeak” Episode Available for Download

The April episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, is available for download on BookWeb, Spotify, and iTunes.

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24 Apr

Watch Your Inbox for the 2019 Independent Business Survey

On Thursday, April 25, booksellers will receive an e-mail from ABA with a link to a survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business.

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10 Apr

Banned Books Week Announces 2019 Theme

Banned Books Week 2019, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 22-28. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” 

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09 Apr

ALA Announces Top 11 Challenged Books in 2018

The American Library Association has released its list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries in 2018.

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