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10 Aug

Binc Names Ann Patchett and James Patterson as Ambassadors

Authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson have been named the inaugural ambassadors for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation.
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10 Aug

“Hut’s Place” Newsletter Provides Opportunity for Bookstore-Customer Outreach

Former NCIBA executive director Hut Landon is looking to expand readership for “Hut’s Place,” his weekly e-newsletter focusing on book recommendations.

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03 Aug

BTW News Briefs

Oprah’s Book Club selects Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad; Hefner First Amendment Awards seeking nominations; NAIBA names Ian Doherty sales rep of year; Library of Congress National Book Festival to feature 120 authors, illustrators; S&S to distribute Ryland, Peters & Small; Tracy Nelson promoted to S&S director of retail field sales

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27 Jul

BTW News Briefs

Hastings Entertainment to close all stores; Ingram launches Ingram Academic Services; IPG to distribute five new publishers; Hachette Book Group reorganizes sales staff; 800-CEO-READ appoints new CEO; Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards winners announced

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27 Jul

Around Indies

Minnesota’s Village Bookstore purchased by mall; Page & Palette’s Karin Wilson running for mayor; L.A.’s The Last Bookstore subject of new documentary

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20 Jul

Around Indies

Zenith Bookstore to open in Minnesota; Mesilla Book Center marks half a century; Hans Weyandt to manage Milkweed bookstore; Bookstores to celebrate National Coloring Book Day

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13 Jul

BookPeople’s Steve Bercu Delivers Keynote at Booksellers New Zealand Conference

Steve Bercu of Austin’s BookPeople delivered the keynote speech at the Booksellers New Zealand annual conference earlier this month, where he talked about why bookstores in the U.S. are thriving despite the challenges they face.

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12 Jul

An Amazing Grace: Julia Alvarez on Becoming a Writer

At the ABC Children’s Institute, Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez inspired booksellers with the story of her transformation from a poor student and reluctant reader to a prolific novelist and humanitarian.

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06 Jul

“I Don’t Want to Grow Up”: Dave Barry on Writing for Children

Award-winning journalist and bestselling humor author Dave Barry kept booksellers laughing at last month’s ABC Children’s Institute with his keynote speech about the fun of writing for children.

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29 Jun

BTW News Briefs

Darrin Pratt to lead Association of American University Presses; Sara Nelson to join HarperCollins; Barnes & Noble launches self-publishing platform

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29 Jun

At Ci4, Kate DiCamillo Discusses Power of Stories to Connect

Two-time Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo moved booksellers to tears at the Children’s Institute with her opening keynote “Owning the Power of Stories, Harnessing the Power of Connection.”

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28 Jun

Brazos Bookstore’s Marketing Manager Publishes Debut Novel

Benjamin Rybeck, the marketing manager at Brazos Bookstore, is the author of The Sadness, a debut novel about failure, film, complicated family ties, and the pitfalls of romantic obsession.

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22 Jun

BTW News Briefs

Binc Foundation names new development director; Amazon to open third brick-and-mortar bookstore; Patricia Hespanha appointed executive director of HarperCollins Brasil; Scholastic to publish new edition of Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts; Fodor’s Travel sold to Internet Brands 

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22 Jun

Tattered Cover’s Vlahos Delivers Optimistic Message at Australian Booksellers Association Conference

Tattered Cover co-owner Len Vlahos shared his confidence in the future of independent bookselling in an opening keynote at last month’s Australian Booksellers Association Annual Conference.

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21 Jun

Author Ben H. Winters on Underground Airlines, July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters imagines a present-day America in which the Civil War never happened and slavery is still practiced in four Southern states.

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