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24 Feb

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “The Unplanned Funeral”

The ninth volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for help with funeral expenses.

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24 Feb
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March 1 Deadline to Register for 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The campaign, which runs the entire month of July, brings together small business communities across the nation in hosting scavenger hunts for the striped and bespectacled picture book character. 

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24 Feb

Binc Higher Education Scholarship Application Process Underway

The 2020 scholarship program supports booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. 

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19 Feb
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“Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos” Streaming Now

The PBS documentary features interviews with Amazon executives, former employees, industry insiders, regulators, and notable Amazon critics who touch on a number of different topics relating to Amazon. 

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19 Feb
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Applications Underway for BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program

The grant includes a three-night stay at The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel, and $150 in BookExpo Bucks.

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19 Feb

BTW News Briefs

BookExpo announces children’s breakfast speakers; RWA to hold special election; California Consumer Privacy Act sees update; Panorama Project announces new initiatives; James Patterson named Bookstore Champion; Harlequin’s Love Inspired to launch paperback program; Personnel changes at Holt, S&S; Winners named for LA Times Book Prize, Ripped Bodice awards, Southern Book Prize; Shortlist out for Aspen Words Literary Prize; Nominees and longlists announced for WNBA Pannell Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, Reading the West Book Award, AAP Prose Awards

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19 Feb

ABA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee on Who Gets to Write a Story

“We urge booksellers and readers to instead reframe that question as: How do you write someone else’s story? And how are we, as an industry, elevating writers of color?” writes the committee.

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14 Feb

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in December

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 7.6 percent in December 2019 compared to December 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. 

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12 Feb
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Batch for Books Announces U.S. Customer Service Hire

Nathan Halter, who previously worked at the American Booksellers Association and Doylestown Bookshop, will serve as Batch for Book’s U.S. customer service representative.

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12 Feb

American Booksellers Association Debuts Program for 8th Annual Children’s Institute

Booksellers should take a look at the many exciting events on tap for this year’s event and be ready to register for Ci8 at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19.

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12 Feb

Registration Deadline March 1 for 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The campaign, which runs the entire month of July, brings together small business communities across the nation in hosting scavenger hunts for the striped and bespectacled picture book character. 

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12 Feb
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Petition Process Open for Additional Board Candidates

Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates for Board officers and/or directors added to the ballot for the upcoming election.

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12 Feb
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Booksellers Encouraged to Apply for Bestsellers Grant Program for BookExpo

The grant includes a three-night stay at the Wyndham New Yorker and $150 in BookExpo Bucks.

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12 Feb

Small Press Profile: Rutgers University Press

“We believe that university presses add substance, mission, and diversity to what independent bookstores offer, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace,” said Director Micah Kleit.

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12 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Children’s Book Week signup deadline approaches; BookExpo announces breakfast speakers; New Poetry in America episodes coming in April; Audible settles captions lawsuit; Hachette acquires Disney titles; Carol Shields Prize launches; Poetry Society of America names Frost Medal winner

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