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04 Dec
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What Books Are ABA Staff Reading and Gifting This Holiday Season?

American Booksellers Association staff are reading and giving a variety of highly recommendable titles this holiday season.

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26 Nov

Obituary: Ulrich Sandmeyer

Ulrich Sandmeyer, co-founder of Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in Chicago, died on Friday, November 16. 

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20 Nov

Membership & Marketing Officer Meg Smith to Leave ABA

After almost 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, Membership & Marketing Officer Meg Smith has decided to stop working full time following the 2019 Winter Institute in January.

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24 Sep

“Booksellers of America” Social Media Campaign Aims to Expand the Conversation Around Bookselling

The new campaign will interview independent booksellers from across the country to tell the story of how each independent bookstore is unique in its own way, thanks to those store’s employees.

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04 Sep

Publishers Weekly Names BookPeople CEO One of Five PW Star Watch Finalists

Elizabeth Jordan, CEO of BookPeople since Steve Bercu’s retirement in June, was one of six ABA member booksellers who made the original list of 47 honorees, from which the finalists were chosen.

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02 May
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Around Indies

Pressed opens in Pennsylvania; Prairie Path to open annex; Downtown Book & Toy splits into two stores; Washington Post highlights D.C. bookstores by and for people of color; Prairie Pages gets new owners; DIESEL’s Larkspur store up for sale; [words] owners honored; Dana Brigham to retire from Brookline Booksmith; Books & Books buys Coral Gables building; Local news profiles Main Street Books, The Bookstore Plus, Carroll and Carroll booksellers

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04 Apr

Around Indies

Our Daily Nada to open in Missouri; The Book Table announces plans to expand; River House Books to change hands; Literati, Queen Anne Book Company celebrate anniversaries; The Booksmith joins forces with Two Sisters; Author Charles Frazier dedicates Varina to bookseller Nancy Olson

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14 Mar

Judges Announced for 2018 National Book Awards

Four independent booksellers will serve among the 25 judges for the 69th annual National Book Awards. Submissions are now being accepted for the awards.

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09 Mar
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March 17 Deadline for Petitions in Support of Additional ABA Board Candidates

Saturday, March 17, is the deadline for ABA members to submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates added to the ballot for the 2018 Board of Directors elections.

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02 Mar

Reminder: 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 2018–19 elections.

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28 Feb

BookPeople’s Steve Bercu to Retire

Steve Bercu, a former ABA president and CEO of Austin indie BookPeople, will retire in June 2018.

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20 Feb

Larry Law Named GLIBA Executive Director

The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Larry Law as the new executive director, effective March 1.

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20 Feb

ABA Board Election Process Open for Petitions in Support of Additional Candidates

ABA’s Board of Directors has approved the Nominating Committee’s recommendation of four director candidates to stand for election to the Board. The petition process for additional candidates is underway.

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12 Feb

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 2018–19 elections.

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07 Feb
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ABA Announces 2018 Board Candidates

ABA’s Board of Directors has approved the Nominating Committee’s recommendation of four director candidates to stand for election to the Board. The petition process for additional candidates is now open.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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