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Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt"

Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt" (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt", Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:  None

One of the most anticipated and talked about books of the 2020, American Dirt, touches on issues of immigration on the southern US border, the politics of our current world and ultimately a mothers fierce love for her son. Javier Ramirez, co-owner of Madison Street Books (Chicago, IL) and Jeannie Cummings, author, will engage in a conversation about the work and the impact it has already had in the industry and indie bookselling community. Panelists: Jeanine Cummins, author, Flatiron Books, Javier Ramirez, Madison Street Books (Chicago, IL),

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

In this session, a panel of diverse publishers will share their experiences in publishing, including how the industry is changing, where it still needs to grow, and efforts bookstores can take to raise awareness, lift voices, and support authors of color.

Hannah Oliver Depp, Loyalty Bookstore (Silver Spring, MD); Chris Myers, Make Me a World (New York, NY) ; Namrata Tripathi, Kokila Press (New York, NY); Rebecca Wells, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA)

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Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop

Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop, Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Events

This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Booksellers are invited to sign on to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year. Learn more about the partnership.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Owners and Managers

Representation matters. #OwnVoices matters. As bearers of knowledge and information for children, it is imperative that a bookstore’s inventory reflects the experiences of all kinds of people to cultivate cultural awareness and engender empathy in youth. One step toward a more inclusive collection of books is to conduct a diversity audit on your store’s inventory. This session will teach attendees how to:

  • Assess their inventory
  • Conduct an audit
  • Identify where attention needs to be focused
  • Use an audit to inform the ordering process

BrocheAroe Fabian, River Dog Book Co. (Beaver Dam, WI); Dr. Belinda Boon, Kent State University (Kent, OH); Molly Gilroy Olivo, Barstons Child's Play (Washington, D.C.); Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers & Cafe (Boston, MA)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Bookstores are important fixtures in every community. They serve as places to gather, to find and research new ideas, to explore new worlds, and to find refuge. But bookstores can also be intimidating for people who are underrepresented by the makeup of a store's staff That’s why it is important for a store to not only reflect its immediate community but also the larger community. In this session, HR leaders will share with attendees:

  • The importance of hiring a diverse staff
  • The impact a diverse staff has within the store and on the greater community
  • How to find great bookstore employee candidates outside your store’s community

Veronica Liu, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria (New York, NY); Rio Cortez, The Schomburg Shop (New York, NY); Patricia Bucek, Vibrant Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA); Jeffrey Blair, Eyeseeme African American Children's Bookstore (University City, MO)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children's Literature

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children's Literature (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children's Literature, Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Recently, children's literature has been the subject of debate as readers respond to content related to race, class, culture, individuality, and identity. Authors are self-selecting to delay publication of their books, publishers are canceling titles, and review outlets are retracting starred statuses. There is immense pressure from all sides of the industry to do the right thing, but what is the right thing? This session is designed to be a discussion led by bookselling peers that will begin with a contextual overview of the issues surfacing in kids' books. Attendees will discuss the implications of these issues and how booksellers can productively talk about race, class, culture, individuality, and identity without alienating customers, authors, and each other.

Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett (Farmington, ME); Summer Laurie, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA); Javier Ramirez, The Book Table (Oak Park, IL); Sara Grochowski, McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI)

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Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Terms

Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Terms (June 19, 2019)
Content related to the education session Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Terms, .
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:  None

Do We Need to Talk? ​Surviving the Political ​& Cultural ​Divide With Your Co-Workers

Do We Need to Talk? ​Surviving the Political ​& Cultural ​Divide With Your Co-Workers (January 25, 2019)
Content related to the education session Do We Need to Talk? ​Surviving the Political ​& Cultural ​Divide With Your Co-Workers, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101
  • Owners and Managers

Divisive political commentary and ongoing reports of cultural and social misconduct continue to be highlighted in both national and local media. Because bookstores are both unique meeting places and businesses, many booksellers are struggling with how to navigate the resulting personal and professional pressures. What are the questions that owner/managers and staff should be asking that can lead to fruitful discussions and solutions? If you have found yourself thinking about this and discussing it with colleagues, please join the conversation. Facilitated by a professional moderator, this is an opportunity for booksellers to participate in this important discussion.

Robert DelCampo, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM); Bradley Graham, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC); Amanda Ibarra, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC); Lane Jacobson, Paulina Springs Books (Paulina Springs, OR); Angela Maria Spring, Duende District Books (Albuquerque, NM)

Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project

Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project (January 24, 2019)
Content related to the education session Bookstores Launch the Open Discussion Project, Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Advocacy
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101
  • Events
  • Owners and Managers

As part of the pilot program of the Open Discussion project, five independent bookstores will be launching reading groups in the fall of 2018 with the goal of bringing liberals and conservatives together to discuss the issues that divide them. The Open Discussion Project is sponsored by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) in partnership with ABA. NCAC and ABA are inviting booksellers to join the Open Discussion Project when it goes national next year. A panel of booksellers who are participating in the pilot will discuss their experience.

Sarah Goddin, Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC); Bradley Graham, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC); Alana Haley, Schuler Books (Grand Rapids, MI); Christopher Finan, National Coalition Against Censorship (New York, NY)

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Author in Focus: Why James Baldwin Always Matters, Presented by Casey Gerald and Robin Coste Lewis With the National Book Foundation

Author in Focus: Why James Baldwin Always Matters, Presented by Casey Gerald and Robin Coste Lewis With the National Book Foundation (January 24, 2019)
Content related to the education session Author in Focus: Why James Baldwin Always Matters, Presented by Casey Gerald and Robin Coste Lewis With the National Book Foundation , Winter Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101

What if everyone read James Baldwin? He’s one of our most acclaimed 20th century thinkers, his writing exploring countless facets of American society and diving into subjects like sexuality, politics, marriage, police brutality, the Church, race, and love. He observed and critiqued humanity in a way that still resonates with so many of us in 2018 because his words and voice are timeless. Baldwin's groundbreaking work has inspired generations of fervent readers and fans, but what if we could widen that audience? Spread Baldwin's texts even further? Sell his work better, recommend him more frequently alongside other literary giants? We believe we can. Join the National Book Foundation for its new Author in Focus program featuring the work of James Baldwin, a four-time National Book Award nominee. The Foundation will be joined by two dynamic authors at Winter Institute as they help to answer the question of why James Baldwin's work has, does, and will always matter. This event was made possible by the Ford Foundation and Velvet Film.

Casey Gerald, "There Will Be No Miracles Here," Riverhead; Robin Coste Lewis, "Voyage of the Sable Venus," Knopf; Hannah Oliver Depp, Loyalty Bookstore (Silver Spring, MD)

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