Diversity & Inclusion

24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Reshma Saujani on How to Be Brave, Not Perfect

The founder and CEO of the national nonprofit Girls Who Code spoke to booksellers about the importance of girls and women taking risks and being fearless, rather than pursuing perfection.

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20 Nov

Firestorm Books & Coffee Appeals City’s Attempt to Shut Down Syringe Exchange Program

“Since launching our co-op in 2008, we’ve never had the city investigate the content of our community calendar,” said Firestorm’s Libertie Valance. “‘Discriminatory’ is the only way to describe the city’s actions.”

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30 Oct

Now on BookWeb: ABA Webinar on ADA Compliance

ABA’s new webinar “Web Accessibility and Your IndieCommerce Site” features tips booksellers can use to apply Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to their IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites.

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26 Sep
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Penguin Random House Partners With We Need Diverse Books to Celebrate Banned Books Week

As part of a social media sweepstakes, PRH is highlighting quotes from books that have been challenged or banned. For every entry, PRH will donate one book to We Need Diverse Books.

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14 Aug

ABA Seeks Bookseller Input on Women- and Minority-Focused In-Store Programming

Bookstores that have developed programming focused on amplifying women’s and minority voices are invited to reach out to ABA Education Manager Lisa Winn to possibly collaborate on future ABA education.

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08 Aug

Bookshop Santa Cruz Puts the Focus on Women Entrepreneurs

The California store dedicated the month of July to highlighting women in the workplace, with a specific focus on the unique leadership and community-building strength of women business owners.

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06 Aug

Binc Announces Winners of Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarships

“All of the winners are doing their part to create a more inclusive environment and help strengthen the book industry,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French.

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10 Jul

Ci6 Education: Creating and Implementing Successful LGBTQIA Youth Programs

The “Creating and Implementing Successful LGBTQIA Youth Programs” education session at Children’s Institute provided booksellers with tips on making their stores inclusive places of refuge for queer youth.

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10 Jul

Ci6 Keynote: We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

At Children’s Institute, Phoebe Yeh, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Wade Hudson, and Kwame Alexander discussed a new book that aims to inspire young readers to believe in their own ability to speak out and fight for change.

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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
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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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