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01 Sep
Punching the Air book club: Wednesdays in October at 2:00 pm ET

Fall Virtual Reading Series Kicks Off With “Punching the Air” Authors Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Bookstores that are interested in bringing the free virtual book club to local educators, students, and readers of all ages can use the marketing materials supplied by ABA.

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01 Sep

Join the IndieCommerce Team for a Virtual Education Session at the Fall Regional Shows

The IndieCommerce team has developed several new features and upgrades to help stores manage their online sales.

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31 Aug

Regional Bookselling Associations to Present Keynote Event With Rev. Al Sharpton

Booksellers are invited to join in on Tuesday, September 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET as Sharpton presents his book Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads.

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26 Aug

Indies Prepare to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Virtually, In-Person

“It’s a special time to be a locally owned, independent bookstore,” said Jennifer Massotti of Barrington Books, whose store will be celebrating on August 29. “We look forward to sharing the spotlight with the communities we serve.”

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26 Aug

September Meetups to Look at Holiday Marketing, Eventbrite

All ABA member booksellers are invited to participate in the Marketing and Technology Meetups.

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25 Aug
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ABA’s LIG Health Insurance Webinar Recording Now Available

The offering with LIG Solutions will allow ABA members to gain access to LIG’s extensive knowledge of the health insurance market, which will help members navigate insurance options.

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25 Aug

Diversity Decoder’s Linda Dunbar to Lead BIPOC Bookseller Coffee Break

The September 3 event provides a space for BIPOC — Black, Indigenous, or People of Color — booksellers and bookstore owners to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking.

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25 Aug
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ABA Joins With Publishers to Launch Virtual Reading Series This Fall

The ABC Group at ABA will provide the event links, marketing materials, and educational resources that bookstores need to create community conversations around these virtual author events.

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25 Aug

Enabling Security Measures on Zoom for Virtual Events

As virtual events become more frequent in the era of social distancing, booksellers are encouraged to take precautions to avoid what has become known as “Zoombombing.”

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24 Aug
ABA Coffee Break

Join ABA for a Virtual Coffee Break on Buying Monthly

The ABA Coffee Break on Tuesday, September 1, will offer booksellers a chance to hear from a range of speakers as they discuss buying monthly versus seasonally.

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19 Aug

BIPOC Booksellers Invited to Join a Dedicated Coffee Break on September 3

This session will be facilitated by Chief Executive and Founder of Diversity Decoder Linda Dunbar, a PR and corporate communications consultant and executive with global Fortune 500 experience.

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19 Aug

Upcoming Marketing Meetup to Look at Marketing Romance Books

In the August 20 meetup, booksellers will learn about marketing romance books, who the romance reader is, who might be a romance reader, the types of events that can be created, and more. 

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18 Aug
Bookstore Romance Day logo, designed by BrocheAroe Fabian at Broche Consulting.

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day

This year’s event featured a robust schedule of virtual events, which included exclusive talks and panels featuring romance authors, along with a dedicated tea time and cocktail hour. 

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18 Aug
Independent Bookstore Day, August 29, 2020

Independent Bookstore Day Virtual Events to Feature Tayari Jones, Gene Luen Yang, Lauren Groff, and More

More than 630 stores are planning to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, August 29, and booksellers are invited to promote a range of virtual events to their customers.

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18 Aug

Bestseller Reporting to Be the Focus of ABA Education at Fall Regional Shows

This year’s virtual education session from ABA will offer an overview of the benefits of reporting bestsellers as well as how stores can report to various lists.

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