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Headlines for the special Winter Institute issue of January 24, 2020

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Scenes from the 2020 Winter Institute in Baltimore

Book Industry Celebrates Winter Institute’s 15th Year, ABA’s 120th

More than 750 independent booksellers gathered this week in Baltimore for the 15th annual Winter Institute, a four-day educational and networking event marked by noted positivity among attendees from across the country and around the world.

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24 Jan

Wi15 Town Hall Addresses Bookseller Questions About Bookshop, ABACUS, Children’s Bookselling

ABA hosted a Town Hall meeting at Winter Institute on Thursday, January 23, and invited booksellers to share their comments, questions, and concerns about the association and the book industry at large with the ABA Board and staff.

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24 Jan

Wi15 Keynote: Ryan Raffaelli on Technology Reemergence

Raffaelli identified key findings that he believes are what have supported the growth of the indie channel, but he also looked ahead to industry-specific challenges and how booksellers can address them.

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23 Jan

Wi15 Keynote: Rebecca Solnit on Voicelessness, Nonexistence, and Gender Violence

“Part of what we’re trying to do in books is to turn people into readers and listeners, into people who pay attention to other voices, other experiences, other perspectives,” said Solnit.

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24 Jan

Wi15 Keynote: Jennifer Finney Boylan on Gender and Resistance

“All I wanted [in life] was to be around books, and even now, decades later, I still feel that way,” said Boylan. “Booksellers and publishers are among the people I most admire in the world.”

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24 Jan

Booksellers Sample Board Games at Winter Institute

“Our shelves seem a little bare and we wanted to find some new and exciting things,” said Lauren Ritta of Indigo Bridge Books.

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23 Jan

Winter Institute Heads to Cincinnati in 2021

The 16th annual Winter Institute will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, from February 7 to February 10, 2021.

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23 Jan

PW Announces 2020 Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Finalists

The finalists for Bookstore of the Year are Blue Willow Bookshop, Copperfield’s Books, Full Circle Bookstore, Porter Square Books, and [words] Bookstore.

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22 Jan

Northern, Southern California Independent Bookseller Associations Join Together

The new group will be known as the California Independent Booksellers Alliance (CALIBA).

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24 Jan

Ordering Underway for Independent Bookstore Day Special Items

Exclusive items this year come from Amor Towles, Ottessa Moshfegh, Jon Klassen, Dav Pilkey, Shea Serrano, and others. Booksellers have until February 3 to place their orders.

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24 Jan

Sourcebooks Unveils New Indie Bookstore Rebate Program

The new Books Change Lives Indie Co‐op Program gives bookstores the opportunity to receive a rebate on the total number of books ordered in the form of a quarterly credit to their account. 

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24 Jan

Register Now for the 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

New this year, booksellers will receive a special mini Waldo standee, dressed just a little differently from the others to see if eagle-eyed Waldo searchers can spot the difference.

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24 Jan

Nominations Sought for 2020 WNBA Pannell Award

Nominations are being accepted for the WNBA Pannell Award, which honors bookstores that foster a love of reading and books in children and young adults.

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23 Jan

BTW News Briefs

NAIBA to offer professional bookselling certification; Applications open for NBF Innovation in Reading Prize; Tin House to send indie bookseller to summer workshop; Workman book sales to boost Australian animal rescue; HarperCollins Children’s Books launches Quill Tree imprint; Albert Whitman brings distribution in-house; Skyhorse to publish books under World Almanac name; W.W. Norton to distribute Abbeville; Leadership changes at PRH; Board changes at National Book Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Booker Prize Foundation; Announcements made for Walter Dean Myers Awards, Edgar Awards, Romantic Novelists Association Outstanding Achievement Award, and Golden Kite and Sid Fleischmann Awards.

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16 Jan

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in November

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 7.3 percent in November 2019 compared to November 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. 

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24 Jan

Sign Up for ABA’s January 30 Marketing Meetup: “Marketing Your Bookstore Pet”

In this session, a panel of booksellers will discuss how having a bookstore pet drives attention to their stores and brings in customers.

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24 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A With “Real Life” Author Adeline Dieudonné

Real Life is a raw, dark, and profoundly powerful coming-of-age tale,” said Susan Schlesinger of Books on the Square.

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24 Jan

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

The American Booksellers Association’s specialty bestseller lists provide a current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide.

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24 Jan

Around Indies

Loyalty Bookstore gains restaurant, bar; Black Dog relocates; Booked adds co-owner; University Book Store celebrates 120 years; Bookshop of Beverly Farms, Story on the Square, Book + Bottle, Madison, Seminary Co-op, Between the Covers, One More Page, Anderson’s, Bards Alley, Old Town, Last Bookstore, Hennessey & Ingalls, Skylight, Children’s Book World, and Book Soup featured in local news. 

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