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06 Jan

Book Sense Book of the Year Balloting Begins in Revamped Style

The American Booksellers Association has launched a new, streamlined balloting process for the 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards. In a break from the past, the initial round of voting to choose five finalists in each category has been eliminated, and voting is now open to all booksellers from every regular member bookstore.

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05 Jan

2005 Hotel ABA Reservation Confirmation Required

ABA member booksellers who have pre-registered for the Hotel ABA - NYC at BookExpo America (BEA) 2005 must send arrival and departure dates and credit card information to Travel Tech (BEA's travel company) by January 31 to ensure their reservations. Otherwise, pre-reservations will be canceled on February 1.

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22 Sep

BTW Talks to BEA Show Manager Chris McCabe

Christopher McCabe

Booksellers, publishers, and other industry professionals attending BookExpo America 2005, to be held in New York City from June 2 to 5, will see a new face as they travel up and down the aisles of the s

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21 Sep

Kids' Authors & Illustrators Sought for BEA Breakfast

The Children's Booksellers and Publishers Committee, which is composed of representatives of ABA, the Association of Booksellers for Children, and the Children's Book Council, is inviting publishers exhibiting at BookExpo America 2005 in New York City to suggest children's book illustrators and authors for consideration as speakers at the Children's Book and Author Breakfast.

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29 Jun

Azar Nafisi on Winning the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction

Author Azar Nafisi

Photo: Lili Iravani

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17 Jun

The 2% Solution: Moving Your Bookstore Out of the Red

On Saturday, June 5, at BookExpo America, ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz conducted the two-hour session "The 2% Solution," a comprehensive seminar that suggested ways in which operators of bookstores could address issues related to lack of profitability. "The thrust of the session is to try to go from a negative profitability to a positive," Domnitz said in his opening remarks. "This used to be called a two percent industry…. The thing that struck me about it, is that it is doable."

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16 Jun

African-American Presence at BEA Flourishes

On Thursday, June 3, at BookExpo America, African-American booksellers and publishers convened for the annual African American Booksellers Conference (AABC). Throughout the daylong program, publishers, authors, and booksellers demonstrated the strength, diversity, and challenges of the African-American market. Expectations were high for the opening of the first African-American Pavilion on the BEA show floor. Participants were not disappointed the next day when the pavilion hosted 17 publishers, representing over a hundred African-American authors.

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10 Jun

A Look at Some Key Moments and Reactions to BEA 2004

From former President Bill Clinton's Keynote Address, to a lively trade show floor, to the celebration of the fifth birthday of Book Sense, to author events, and even to the city of Chicago itself, this year's BookExpo America (BEA) proved a crowd pleaser. Booksellers and publishers described this year's trade show at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center as an upbeat, busy event, allowing both to reconnect and to establish new relationships.

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10 Jun

ABA Town Hall and Annual Membership Meetings at BEA

On Friday, June 4, at this year's BookExpo America, ABA held its annual Town Hall Meeting, which was then followed by its Annual Membership Meeting.

The Town Hall meeting covered a number of topics during an hour of spirited give and take, and the central focus of the meeting was on the question of whether to report aggregate sales of independent bookstores to publishers. Other issues discussed included the pending sale of ABA's headquarters and booksellers' concerns regarding the rising costs associated with the receipt of damaged books.

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09 Jun

The Book Sense Book of the Year Awards, Audies & Lammies

Among the gala festivities held at BookExpo America (BEA) were three recognizing the best of the best ... among independent handselling favorites, audiobooks, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered publishing.


The Book Sense Book of the Year Awards

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09 Jun

Awards, Awards, and More Awards at BEA

Among the gala festivities held at BookExpo America (BEA) were three recognizing the best of the best ...among independent handselling favorites, audiobooks, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered publishing.

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05 Jun

Live From BEA -- Day 3

Politics and business mixed on Saturday, June 5, at BookExpo America, as Day 3 featured a political lunch, an update on the Campaign for Reader Privacy, and a presentation of petitions to Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, as well as ABA's comprehensive seminar exploring ways to improve profits.

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