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05 Jan

Downloadable Materials Promote Titles of Gene Luen Yang, New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

To celebrate the appointment of Gene Luen Yang as the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, First Second Books has made downloadable shelf-talkers, sell sheets, and signs for his titles available through Edelweiss.

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05 Jan

Face Out: ABA Board Member Jamie Fiocco on Her Life Among Books

In the final installment in our series on ABA Board members, Jamie Fiocco, the owner of Flyleaf Books, talks about changes in bookselling in the past six years, her goals as a Board member, and more.

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22 Dec

BTW News Briefs

Association of American University Presses backs U.K. collective licensing program; Grant program to make out-of-print humanities titles available as free e-books; Ferlinghetti, Katzenberger win PubWest’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

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22 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Jonathon Welch on His Life Among Books

Jonathon Welch, the co-owner of Talking Leaves...Books, talks about his early reading experiences, building the bookstore into a community and cultural center, what he’d like to see ABA achieve, and more.

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21 Dec

Obituary: Jean Matthews

Jean Margaret Matthews, the former co-owner of Hamilton, Montana’s Chapter One Book Store and the wife of former ABA President Russ Lawrence, died on December 16, 2015. She was 58 years old.

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18 Dec

Revisit & Rediscover Author Katherine Hannigan Thanks Booksellers

Katherine Hannigan, who will be at the Wi11 Backlist Book Swap, recently wrote a letter thanking booksellers for selecting Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World as a Revisit & Rediscover title.

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16 Dec

Around Indies

Once Upon a Book opens in upstate New York; Byrd’s Books celebrates four years; Book Bin to welcome new owner; Square Books’ Howorth to serve second term on TVA board; Papercuts J.P.’s Layte shares passion for books in TEDx Talk

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14 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Sarah Bagby on Her Life Among Books

Sarah Bagby, the owner of Watermark Books & Café, talks about her early experiences with books and reading, what motivated her to become a bookstore owner, and her goals as an ABA Board member.

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09 Dec

BTW News Briefs

2016 PEN Literary Awards longlists announced; Chicago Review Press CEO announces retirement; James LaRue to head ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom; S&S to distribute Insight Editions; Matt Baldacci joins Shelf Awareness

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08 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Pete Mulvihill on His Life Among Books

Green Apple Books co-owner Pete Mulvihill talks about his early reading experiences, changes in the book industry, and his goals as a member of the ABA Board.

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03 Dec

Winter Institute Speaker Kwame Alexander on Writing, Bookselling, and Empowering Young Minds

Newbery Award-winning author and literacy advocate Kwame Alexander will deliver the Tuesday breakfast keynote “The Idea Business: A Life Spent Writing and Selling Books” at Winter Institute 2016. Alexander talks here about his writing career, literacy action projects, and more.

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03 Dec

BTW News Briefs

Tamblyn to become CEO of Kobo; Outstanding science trade books for students K–12 announced; Author/founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day organizes bookstore field trip; Vicki Lansky to retire from Book Peddlers

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03 Dec

Obituary: David Cohen

David Cohen, a pioneering Washington lobbyist and the former co-owner with his late wife, Carla Cohen, and Barbara Meade of Politics & Prose, died on Sunday, November 29, at the age of 79 of a heart attack.

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02 Dec

Face Out: ABA Board Member Annie Philbrick on Her Life Among Books

Annie Philbrick, co-owner of Bank Square Books and the forthcoming Savoy Bookshop & Café, talks about her early reading experiences, her goals as an ABA Board member, what she’s reading now, and more.

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24 Nov

Indie Bookstore Owner Bernie Tushaus Remembered

Bernie Tushaus, the longtime co-owner with his wife, Jane, of Prairie Books & Gifts in Hastings, Nebraska, died in October. In a letter to ABA, his son, Michael Tushaus, recently paid tribute to his father and his 40-year career in independent bookselling. 

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