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04 Jan

ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

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15 May

Following Baker & Taylor News, Growing Number of Vendors Reach Out to Support Indies

More and more publishers and wholesalers are continuing to step in with special programs designed to support indie bookstores after B&T announced it was closing its retail wholesale business.

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15 May

Ci7 Education: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop With Glory Edim

WRBG founder Glory Edim will lead an interactive educational workshop centered around the book club turned literary festival at the 2019 Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh.

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14 May

BTW News Briefs

Booksellers New Zealand CEO to retire; Binc announces Author Leadership Circle chair; Milkweed launches fellowship; U.K. Poet Laureate, Young People’s Poet Laureate named; Ohio University Press director announced; Personnel changes at Chronicle Books, Doubleday, Sourcebooks, William Morrow, Soho Press, PRH; British Book Award, Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winners announced; Shirley Jackson Award, Desmond Elliott Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlists announced 

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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

Encourage Your Colleagues to Sign Up for Bookselling This Week

Make sure your co-workers stay in the loop by signing up for BTW. In the weeks to come, BTW will report on BookExpo, new bookstore openings, industry news, and more!

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13 May
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Reminder: June 12 Deadline for ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Survey

The customized reports and online tools that reporting stores receive in return for filling out the survey provide a full picture of a bookstore’s financial performance.

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08 May

U.S. Retailers, Entrepreneurs, and Service Providers Celebrate National Small Business Week

Retailers and entrepreneurs are taking to social media to celebrate this year’s National Small Business Week, which runs from May 5 to May 11 and celebrates small businesses’ impact on the U.S. economy and culture.

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08 May

Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Summer/Fall 2019

Booksellers can sign up now to take advantage of special publisher offers on the 10 adult and 10 kids’ titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

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08 May

Active Recruiting Begins for ABA Chief Executive Officer

ABA has posted detailed information about the organization’s search for its new CEO. The document was created by ABA’s CEO search committee in consultation with the outside search firm of Isaacson, Miller.

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08 May
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Children’s Institute to Feature More Than 50 Authors and Illustrators

In addition to keynote speakers Elizabeth Acevedo, Alyssa Milano, and Ann Patchett, authors include Cece Bell, Erin Entrada Kelly, Innosanto Nagara, Jerry Pinkney, Jon Scieszka, and Henry Winkler.

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08 May
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ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Survey Underway

The customized reports and online tools that reporting stores receive in return for filling out the survey provide a full picture of a bookstore’s financial performance.

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08 May

Penguin Random House Reaches Out to Indie Bookstores in Wake of B&T Announcement

Indie bookstores that do not currently have a Penguin Random House account or those whose account has been inactive for more than a year are eligible for the Indies Express program.

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08 May

Ingram Mobilizes to Support Indie Bookstores as Baker & Taylor Exits Wholesale Business

“We know change is hard,” Chief Commercial Officer for Ingram Content Group Shawn Everson told BTW. “We want to help the indies through this challenge.”

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08 May

Baker & Taylor to Drop Wholesale Book Distribution to Retailers

The company said that the decision reflected a shift in its business operations to align with the education focus of parent company Follett Corporation.

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