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08 Aug

2002 MPBA Trade Show Preview

The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association (MPBA) 2002 Trade Show, September 19 - 22, held again at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado, is notable for its stellar line up of Book Sense 76 authors, convenient scheduling, and panoply of free seminars for booksellers from novice to experienced. The first two days of the show are reserved for educational programming; on those days, the show floor will not be open.

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08 Aug

Book Sense Bestsellers in the Media

As recognition of the Book Sense Bestseller lists by consumers and the trade grows, so does the number of local and national publications carrying them. Publications, spanning the country, are now carrying the national bestseller lists, and as the number of reporting stores in different regions allows for development of regional bestseller lists, they are being published by regional media.

Newspapers that recently began carrying the national bestseller lists include:

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07 Aug

2002 PNBA Fall Trade Show Preview

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) fall trade show will be held on September 13 - 15 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. A full slate of workshops and panels for booksellers, publishers, and authors, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner events, is planned.

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07 Aug

Book Industry Study Group Appoints New Executive Director

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has announced the appointment of a new executive director. As of August 1, Jeff Abraham has replaced Frank Daly, who had served as executive director since spring 2001.

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06 Aug

Memorial to be Held for Leonard Shatzkin

A memorial has been scheduled for Leonard Shatzkin, the pioneering book publishing executive and consultant. Shatzkin died from congestive heart failure on May 11, at the age of 82. [For more on the life of Leonard Shatzkin, click here.]

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05 Aug

A Bookselling Secret You Don't Know

By Neal Coonerty

As a savvy and experienced bookseller, you should be able to name the best-selling single item in your bookstore in the last 12 months. Until I investigated, I couldn't.

First, I immediately thought about titles of hot books, but our best-selling book sold 845 paperback copies in the last year and wasn't even close to our number-one selling item. In fact, I found out that we sold 4,969 copies of our best-selling item last year, almost six times the number of our best-selling book.

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05 Aug

Book Sense Continues Morning Show Hot Streak

On Monday, August 5, the Today Show named the Adam Haslett short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here (Doubleday) as the latest pick of its "Today's Book Club." The title, selected for the club by author Jonathan Franzen, was a July/August Book Sense 76 selection.

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01 Aug

The 2002 -- 2003 'Best Books for Reading Groups' Book Sense 76

We're still checking ISBNs of the latest paperback editions, but we wanted you to see this soonest. The flier will be ready this fall, and we'll publicize this major initiative then.

Note: This is also a great resource if your community is thinking of adopting a book for all to read. For a list of what books cities, towns, and states around the country have chosen recently, go to http://news.bookweb.org/read/305
(Let us know of any new ones!)

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01 Aug

ABA to Independent Booksellers: See You at the Regionals!

This fall, when ABA joins independent booksellers attending the regional trade associations' shows, there will be a special emphasis on education and on showcasing two major ABA initiatives, the online ABA Book Buyer's Handbook and the enhanced options for reporting to the Book Sense Bestseller List.

The educational programming that will be offered by ABA at regionals this fall features:

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01 Aug

A Second Helping of Book Soup

Book Soup, a general-interest bookstore in West Hollywood, California, will soon open a second store in Orange County. Book Soup has earned a staunch following and strong reputation in its 27 years on the Sunset Strip, for its strengths in art, cinema, and music books, and literary fiction.

The second Book Soup will be located in South Coast Plaza, the locally legendary retail mall that's a shopping Mecca for upscale consumers.

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01 Aug

ABA Book Buyer's Handbook Update for the Week of July 28

Below is a brief outline of the most significant recent changes to the ABA Book Buyer's Handbook online.

Booksellers are strongly encouraged to alert ABA of changing terms that come to their attention. Publishers are asked to inform ABA immediately of any changes to terms and contact information.

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01 Aug

Bookseller Gives Michigan Community a New Song

Downtown Howell, Michigan, is about to have something new to sing about. Opening officially on September 15 is a 3,000-square-foot general bookstore named Aria Booksellers, complete with a Patagonian conure, a tropical American parrot whose name is Mozart.

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31 Jul

Low-Cost, User-Friendly Author Web Sites Offered by Authors Guild

Published writers who don't know HTML from a hole in the wall can now set up their own multi-service Web sites in a day or two at minimal cost under the auspices of the Authors Guild, according to Paul Aiken, the Guild's executive director.

Aiken told BTW that many authors are responding to the Guild's offer of individual Web sites with the capacity to feature up to 50 titles with links to online booksellers, to post book excerpts, to host discussions, and to send and manage e-newsletters.

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31 Jul

ABA and Book Sense to Participate in Second National Book Festival

On July 25, First Lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced that the second National Book Festival would be held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 12, 2002. "America was transformed three days after the first National Book Festival was held September 8, 2001," Mrs. Bush said in a statement. "But one thing that did not change was our love of spending time with friends and family -- especially our children.

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