Free Expression

04 Sep
Northshire Bookstore Saratoga Springs

WAMC Radio Program Features ABA CEO Oren Teicher and Bookseller Chris Morrow

On The Roundtable, Teicher and Morrow discussed bookstores as presenting an opportunity to bring a diverse community together in a divided political climate.

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28 Aug
The Regulator Bookshop

The Regulator Bookshop Defaced With White Supremacist Graffiti

Co-owner Elliot Berger said he believed the store was targeted due to its reputation as a communist bookstore, despite the fact that it sells books from various viewpoints.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association will receive their kits in the August Red Box, on its way to stores now.

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21 Aug

Trump Campaign Demands that Simon & Schuster Cease and Desist

A letter from President Trump’s legal counsel claims that Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House contains “confidential information and disparaging statements.”

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14 Aug
Banned Books Week logo

New Banned Books Week Resources Available

The Banned Books Week Coalition has created new resources to help booksellers promote this year’s annual celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29.

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08 Aug
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ABFE, Free Expression Organizations Condemn White House’s Attack on Press Freedom

The groups sent a letter to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders concerning reports that the White House had barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a press event on July 25.

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10 Jul
Banned Books Week logo

Start Planning for Banned Books Week 2018

The Banned Books Week Coalition is offering new tools and resources to help booksellers prepare for this year’s celebration of the freedom to read, to be held September 23–29. 

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27 Jun

Facebook’s New Political Ad Policy Ends Up Censoring Bookstore’s Author Event Ads

A Room of One’s Own Bookstore requested to boost Facebook posts to promote two author events only to find that they were rejected on the basis of what Facebook characterized as their “political nature.”

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27 Jun

2018 Silent Art Auction Proceeds Total More Than $26,000

The 2018 Silent Art Auction to benefit ABFE and Every Child a Reader was once again a success at this year’s BookExpo, with more than 300 attendees and net proceeds of over $26,000.

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04 Jun

Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Kits Before June 7 Deadline

ABA bookstore members must sign up before June 7 to receive a 2018 Banned Books Week promotion kit, which includes bookmarks, stickers, counter cards, caution tape, and more.

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14 May
ABFE Free Speech Report

ABFE Free Speech Report

“Every day, attempts to hinder or to outright ban our right to free expression continue at an alarming pace in this country and around the globe. And in many ways, it is a death by a thousand paper cuts,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan.

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08 May

Meet Representatives From ABFE, Media Coalition, and 2020 Vision USA at BookExpo

Booksellers can visit Booth 2862 to meet Dave Grogan, Director of ABFE, Advocacy, and Public Policy; 2020 Vision USA President Denise Foster; and Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz.

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02 May

Opt in to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

Free Banned Books Week promotion kits are now available to order via a form on BookWeb.

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24 Apr
Maria Peroni

Introducing Maria Peroni, ABA Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator

“I believe working in the interests of independent booksellers is inherently working in the interest of free expression,” said Peroni, who joined the ABFE, advocacy, and public policy team this month.

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24 Apr

Sign Up Now to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

Bookstore members should fill out the form on BookWeb if they wish to receive a Banned Books Week promotion kit, which includes bookmarks, stickers, counter cards, caution tape, and more.

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