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27 Feb

March 1 Deadline Approaching for 2019 Find Waldo Local Celebration

Registration will be capped at 250 ABA member stores for the July event, which serves as a campaign to promote the value of shopping locally.

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27 Feb

FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Offers Up to $50,000

Booksellers can enter the contest by writing a short profile that highlights their bookstore’s unique story; entries will be accepted through March 25.

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25 Feb

Independent Bookstore Day Announces Tayari Jones as 2019 Author Ambassador

The fifth annual event will be celebrated at more than 575 participating independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 27.

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13 Feb

New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide

Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities quantifies the stark economic cost exacted nationwide as a result of Amazon’s online retail sales. 

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12 Feb

Signup Underway for 2019 Find Waldo Local Campaign

Candlewick will provide bookstores with a toolkit containing mini Waldo standees, window clings, prize buttons, a Waldo poster, Waldo prize books, and more.

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23 Jan

Register Now for 2019 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The deadline is Friday, March 1, for ABA member stores to sign up on BookWeb for the annual shop local campaign. Bookseller registration opened on Wednesday, January 23.

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16 Jan

Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Eighth Year Begins January 23

Candlewick will once again provide 250 host bookstores with a toolkit containing everything needed to launch a Find Waldo Local event in their communities.

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19 Dec

Around Indies

Michelle Obama visits Tattered Cover, Seminary Co-op; Fountain Bookstore tweet goes viral; Jake’s Place, Bermuda Book Store, A Freethinker’s Corner open; Porter Square, Malaprop’s open pop-ups; A Novel Idea, Eso Won Books, The Story House, Politics and Prose, Village Books, Powell’s, Gibson’s, Northshire, Mclean & Eakin featured in local news; and more.

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28 Nov

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Amidst a wide range of shop local festivities and author events, this year booksellers celebrated Indies First on Small Business Saturday by giving away copies of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost to kids in underserved communities.

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14 Nov

Third Place Hosts Congresswoman Jayapal and Other Ways to Create Connections With Elected Officials

Third Place Books Managing Partner Robert Sindelar offers a few best practices for booksellers looking to build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with their local and state elected officials.

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07 Nov

“Love Your Bookstore” Challenge Kicks Off November 10

Readers will share their love of bookstores by taking part in the Love Your Bookstore Challenge between November 10 and 16.

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06 Nov

Amazon Holds Advanced HQ2 Talks With Crystal City, New York City, and Dallas

The company’s request for proposals, which kicked off the search for a second location last year, led to a bidding war among 238 cities and regions, though the proposals have largely been kept under wraps.

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31 Oct

Booksellers Get Spooky on Social Media for Halloween

Booksellers are celebrating Halloween 2018 with creative book displays, themed window decorations, and festive events.

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16 Oct

Board Games Offer Boost in Sales for Indie Bookstores

Here, booksellers discuss the benefits of selling board games. Booksellers who are registered for Winter Institute 2019 who can offer their experiences for an education panel on the topic should let ABA know now.

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09 Oct

“Love Your Bookstore” to Celebrate Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores in November

Readers are encouraged to share their love of bookstores during the weeklong celebration of Love Your Bookstore, a new retail holiday that will take place from Saturday, November 10, to Friday, November 16.

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