Diversity & Inclusion

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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13 Dec

Indie Booksellers Share Strategies for Creating Inclusive Environments

The bookselling community is striving to become more effective in hiring and nurturing diverse employees. 

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11 Oct

BTW News Briefs

B&T’s Global Publisher Services adds publishers; Ripped Bodice reports lack of diversity in romance publishing; Ingram adds new publishers to CoreSource; Changes for Media Coalition board of directors; Kazuo Ishiguro wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

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28 Sep

October 11 Workshop to Address “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

Just prior to the MPIBA trade show in Denver, the American Booksellers Association will present an all-day workshop on how implicit racial stereotypes can create barriers to genuine relationships.

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22 Sep

ABA to Offer “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Workshop Ahead of MPIBA

On October 11, just prior to the MPIBA trade show, the American Booksellers Association will present an all-day workshop on how implicit racial stereotypes can create barriers to genuine relationships.

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20 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Ingram announces staff changes, promotions; Carolina Wren Press acquires John F. Blair; Edelweiss to include logo for books in WNDB app; Frankfurt Book Fair fellows announced; Conroy Legacy Award winner, Heinz Award winners, Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize shortlists announced

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19 Sep

Booksellers Praise “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Workshop

Booksellers still have time to register for the October 11 presentation of ABA’s fall workshop, which bookseller participants have called “valuable, informative, and powerful.”

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05 Sep

ABA’s Diversity Task Force: “What We Talk About When We Talk About (Bookselling and) Diversity”

Here, in a letter to members, the American Booksellers Association’s Diversity Task Force looks at the word “diversity” and how it applies to the mission of the task force.

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05 Sep

SIBA Discovery Show to Feature Two ABA Education Sessions

The American Booksellers Association will present education sessions on diversity and promoting backlist at the September 15–17 SIBA Discovery Show in New Orleans.

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30 Aug

Workshop on Diversity and Inclusion “A Powerful Experience” for Participants

Booksellers can still register for the September 14 workshop on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” which ABA President Robert Sindelar called “a powerful experience…that continues to inform my thoughts and actions.”

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