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21 Jan

MPBA Book Sense Bestseller List Debuts

The first Mountains & Plains Independent Bestseller List, published in a cooperative effort between Book Sense and the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association (MPBA), debuted this week.

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15 Jan

ABA and SEBA Booksellers Meet in Tampa

The American Booksellers Association kicked off its 2004 Booksellers Forum schedule on Friday, January 9, in Tampa, Florida, with a gathering of booksellers from the Southeast Booksellers Association region. The forum, at the Hillsborough County Public Library, was the first of 16 scheduled over the next four months in various locations around the country. (For a complete forum schedule, click here.)

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13 Jan

ABA Booksellers Forum in North Carolina Set for January 28

This season's second ABA Booksellers Forum held in conjunction with the Southeast Booksellers Association will take place on Wednesday, January 28, at McIntyre's Fine Books at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina (near Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill). Representing ABA at the forum will be CEO Avin Mark Domnitz and COO Oren Teicher.

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08 Jan

Michigan Booksellers Challenge Censorship Law

On Tuesday, January 6, six independent booksellers, the Great Lakes Booksellers Association (GLBA), and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) joined publishers and magazine distributors in filing a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of a new Michigan law that makes it illegal to allow a minor access to any material that is "harmful to minors."

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06 Jan

The Good Word: A Recurring Reflection

by Scott Foley

It didn't happen again this year, either. Susan Stamberg didn't call me from National Public Radio to solicit my opinion about great new holiday titles. Every year about this time I'll depart on occasional reveries, imaginary conversations with NPR hosts. Occasionally, I'll even jot down a list of the books I'd mention were such a windfall to come my way.

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30 Dec

ABA Forum in Florida Next Week, North Carolina in Late January

Booksellers in the Southeast will have two opportunities in January to meet with representatives of the ABA Board and senior staff to discuss issues of concern and share ideas, as well as get an update on the association's past activities and influence future plans. ABA's first forum of 2004 will be held on Friday, January 9, at the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa, Florida.

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18 Dec

ABA Invites Booksellers to Tampa and Chicago Forums

This week, ABA sent e-mail invitations to booksellers in the Southeast and Great Lakes regions (including booksellers in Wisconsin) to attend the first two ABA Booksellers Forums of 2004. In conjunction with the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA), ABA will hold the first forum of the winter season on Friday, January 9, at the John F. Germany Public Library in downtown Tampa, Florida.

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04 Dec

Mark Your Calendars: ABA Announces Winter/Spring 2004 Booksellers Forum Schedule

On Friday, January 9, ABA will hold the first of 16 Booksellers Forums scheduled for various locations across the country over the next four months. The forums provide booksellers in every region an opportunity to meet with senior ABA staff and Board members to share ideas, to discuss industry issues, and to receive updates on various association projects. Data gathered at the forums is invaluable to the association as it shapes future programs and initiatives to the benefit of all ABA bookstore members.

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30 Oct

New England Booksellers Cheer Congressman Sanders and Kearns Goodwin at Trade Show

Although the colors of New England's foliage may have peaked, the enthusiasm of booksellers attending the 30th annual New England Booksellers Association (NEBA) trade show in Providence, Rhode Island, on October 24 - 26 continued to grow throughout the show. The Rhode Island Convention Center was the sole venue for all programming including NEBA's annual meeting, an ABA open forum, and presentation of the 2003 New England Book Awards.

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23 Oct

ABA to Wrap Up Fall Regional Programming at NEBA & SCBA

This weekend ABA staff will be conducting educational programming and Book Sense gift card demonstrations at the New England Booksellers Association's (NEBA) 30th Annual Meeting & Trade Show and at the Southern California Booksellers Association's (SCBA) Authors Feast and Fall Seminars. The NEBA trade show will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Rhode Island Convention Center from Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26.

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16 Oct

Regional Shows Wrap Up Next Weekend With NEBA and SCBA

The New England Booksellers Association's (NEBA) 30th Annual Meeting & Trade Show and the Southern California Booksellers Association (SCBA) Authors Feast and Fall Seminars will take place next weekend. NEBA's trade show will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Rhode Island Convention Center from Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26, and SCBA will hold its authors feast and seminars on Saturday, October 25, at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, California.

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16 Oct

UMBA Presents Two Days of Exhibits and an Abundance of Authors and Educational Events

The Upper Midwest Booksellers Association (UMBA) held its 2003 fall trade show from Friday, October 10, to Sunday, October 12, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minneapolis. All education programming was free, and the number of bookstores represented was the highest in years.

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09 Oct

Gift Cards and ABACUS Features of ABA's UMBA Programming This Weekend

ABA staff will be at this weekend's Upper Midwest Booksellers Association (UMBA) Trade Show at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minneapolis, to present the results of 2003 ABACUS study and to provide demonstrations of the new electronic gift card program.

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09 Oct

NCIBA Puts on an Upbeat Show in Oakland

The 2003 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) Trade Show was held at the Oakland Convention Center/City Center Marriott in Oakland, California, from October 3 - 5. Hut Landon, executive director of NCIBA, told BTW, "We were very pleased with the workshops and events at this year's show, which many booksellers called the best overall program we'd ever offered.

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