Diversity & Inclusion

25 Jun

Last Call: July 1 Deadline for Professional Development Scholarship

The program, sponsored by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and Macmillan Publishers, offers $500 for a bookseller from a traditionally underrepresented group in the industry to attend their regional show; nine winners will be chosen.

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20 Jun

ABC Children’s Institute: A Celebration of Diversity, Activism, and Kids’ Lit

This week, more than 300 independent booksellers traveled to New Orleans for ABA’s sixth annual ABC Children’s Institute, an event that has become a favorite on the industry calendar.

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11 Jun
Books & Mortar rainbow flag

Celebrating Pride at Indie Bookstores

Indie booksellers are breaking out the rainbows to mark Pride Month. Here are just a few of the many snapshots of displays and events shared by booksellers on social media.

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23 May

Binc and Macmillan Diversity Scholarship to Award Nine in 2018

The scholarship that encourages booksellers traditionally underrepresented in the industry to attend their regional trade show is back for a second year.

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23 May

A Closer Look at Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah’s “Female-Forward” Publishing Company

Sourcebooks is known for challenging the conventional, creating conversations, relentless innovation, and creating new kinds of business for its retail partners, including independent bookstores, Raccah says.

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25 Apr

ABA Education at BookExpo to Highlight Diversity and Inclusion Tactics for Booksellers

At this year’s BookExpo, member booksellers can participate in a roundtable discussion to learn new ways to implement diversity and inclusion in their stores.

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18 Apr
Shaking hands with Rob Sanders

Tombolo Books Holds First Major Author Event, for Rob Sanders’ “Pride”

Tombolo Books, now in pop-up form in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently hosted its first book launch, in celebration of Rob Sanders’ new picture book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.

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11 Apr

Around Indies

The Mitten Word to open in Michigan; BookBar featured on Comedy Central show; Bookmarks receives $25K grant for Bookmarks in Schools program; Strand Book Store gets creative in Times Square

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03 Apr

Wi13 Education: Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion

Creating a diverse workforce often requires a new and different approach to hiring, including fostering relationships with customers and the community and looking outside the typical sources for candidates.

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14 Mar

Wi13 Education: Best Practices for Buying, Marketing, and Hand-selling Diverse Books

“Increasing representation and expanding your bookstore selection to include more books by diverse authors is an opportunity to increase sales,” said panel moderator Aaron Curtis, a buyer for Books & Books.

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05 Mar
Flintridge Books Women's History Month display

Celebrating Women’s History Month at Indie Bookstores

Indie booksellers are kicking off Women’s History Month with in-store displays and social media posts celebrating the strength of women worldwide. Here are just a few of the many snapshots shared by booksellers.

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07 Feb
The Black History Month display at the Vermont Book Shop.

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Black History Month

Throughout February, booksellers are hosting authors, creating displays, and sharing reading recommendations on social media while also reflecting on their role in providing access to diverse voices.

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25 Jan

Wi13 Keynote: Junot Díaz on the Importance of Representative Literature

Junot Díaz, author of the forthcoming children’s book Islandborn, appeared as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Winter Institute, where he spoke about the value of featuring people of color in children’s literature.

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17 Jan

Wi13 Session to Offer Strategies for Fostering a Diverse Workforce

Booksellers will learn what diversity means for today’s workforce as well as discover how embracing inclusiveness can boost profitability.

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11 Jan

We Need Diverse Books Announces Walter Dean Myers Award Winners and Honor Books

WNDB will donate 2,000 copies of each of the 2018 Walter Award-winning titles, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Schomburg by Carole Boston Weatherford, to schools with limited budgets.

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