Diversity Statement

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Diversity Statement

For more than a century the American Bookseller Association (ABA) has helped independent bookstores connect authors and readers, promote the open exchange of ideas, enrich the cultural life of communities, and build economically vibrant neighborhoods. 

ABA exists to help member bookstores grow and succeed, and we work to do that in a way that is committed to anti white supremacy, antiracism, representation, and equity. We believe that listening to many different perspectives and empowering underrepresented voices deepens our understanding and enriches everyone’s experience. We are committed to equity, dignity, and diversity for all Peoples. 

ABA will:

  • Implement best practices to ensure more diverse hiring and more opportunities for promotion into senior and decision-making positions at all levels of the organization for diverse employees
  • Make sure ABA policies and procedures are antiracist, create opportunities for everyone, and demonstrate support for marginalized Peoples
  • Support diverse colleagues, members, and staff
  • Work closely with ABA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council of member booksellers to be aware of concerns of a diverse group of booksellers and bookstore owners and to use the council’s insights and feedback to improve ABA’s programs and services and better serve marginalized communities
  • Require representation of BIPOC, queer, disabled, and other marginalized authors and books at all ABA events (at least 40% of speakers/panelists overall)
  • Meet as staff throughout the year to discuss topics and educate ourselves on issues related to antiracism, antidiscrimination, microaggressions, and supporting underrepresented Peoples. 
  • Commit to the core values of mutual respect, listening, empathy, and empowered participation
  • Actively work with publishers and authors toward a more representative book industry in which all voices are heard


About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

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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