Diversity & Inclusion

10 Apr
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A Q&A With Angie Thomas, Author of Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “On the Come Up”

“Excellently written and incredibly unputdownable, you will cheer and cry as Bri makes her way!” said Melissa Fox of Watermark Books & Café in Wichita, Kansas.

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10 Apr
[words] Bookstore co-owner Jonah Zimiles and author Harlan Coben.

[words] Bookstore Hosts Soft Launch Event at LifeTown Location

LifeTown is a 53,000-square-foot center that aims to redefine the landscape for individuals with special needs via recreational, therapeutic, and educational facilities. 

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02 Apr

ABA/Well-Read Black Girl Display Kits on Their Way to Participating Bookstores

Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and ABA have also announced their three suggested titles for WRBG book clubs to try this May: a debut, a paperback, and a YA title.

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20 Mar

Full Details for ABA's Partnership with Well-Read Black Girl Now Live on BookWeb

Booksellers can now visit the Well-Read Black Girl webpage on BookWeb for complete details on how to serve as an ambassador and host WRBG book clubs in their stores throughout the year.

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13 Mar

Visit the Well-Read Black Girl Map to Find a Book Club at a Local Indie Bookstore

Booksellers that have signed up to host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores this year are now featured on an interactive map on IndieBound. Stores are invited to continue to sign up.

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11 Mar
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Wi14 Education: Do We Need to Talk? Surviving the Political & Cultural Divide With Your Co-Workers

The panel, moderated by Robert DelCampo of the University of New Mexico, covered how booksellers should navigate personal and professional pressures in today’s divided political climate.

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06 Mar
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National Coalition Against Censorship Publishes “Defend LGBTQ Stories” Resource

The resource offers an overview of common arguments made by would-be censors and provides techniques for advocating for LGBTQ stories in local schools and communities.

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01 Mar

Bookstores Promote Women’s History Month on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

This March, booksellers are taking to social media to promote Women’s History Month, including by posting pictures of creative book displays.

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27 Feb

Libro.fm Partners With #OnceYouGoBlackOut for Black History Month

The #OnceYouGoBlackOut initiative, launched by a team of book-loving Instagram users, focuses on celebrating little-known titles by black authors.

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20 Feb
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Dozens of Indie Bookstores to Host Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

As events are scheduled, Glory Edim, who launched Well-Read Black Girl in 2015, will promote indie bookstores on her social media platform and encourage followers to ask their local store to host a book club.

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12 Feb

Wi14 Education: Selling International and Diverse Books

One goal of Bookselling Without Borders, which provides fellowships to the top international book fairs, is to help booksellers increase sales of diverse and international literature in the indie market.

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12 Feb
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Sign Up Now to Host a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Stores that sign on to host book clubs will receive a window display kit from Random House and be featured on an interactive online map of indie bookstores hosting events.

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07 Feb

Booksellers Stage Creative Book Displays for Black History Month

Indie bookstores around the country are creating engaging and educational book displays in honor of Black History Month.

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28 Jan
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Signup Underway to Host Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

Well-Read Black Girl, founded by Glory Edim, provides a vital space for black female readers and writers to connect and grow in conversation.

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25 Jan
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