Diversity & Inclusion

30 Jan

ABA Board Announces Diversity Initiatives Following Wi12 Town Hall

In response to the many impassioned booksellers who spoke about diversity at the Winter Institute Town Hall meeting, the ABA Board has announced two diversity-related initiatives.

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30 Jan

BTW News Briefs

PW announces finalists for Bookseller and Rep of the Year awards; SIBA to offer discount to publishers to promote books by persons of color; Gene Luen Yang announces launch of Reading Without Walls Month; Authors Guild to honor Morrison, Patterson, IngramSpark

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29 Jan

Wi12: Roxane Gay on Bookstores as Sanctuaries

On the opening day of Winter Institute, author Roxane Gay urged indie booksellers to ensure that their stores are inclusive places of refuge for all those needing sanctuary.

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24 Jan

BTW News Briefs

2017 Children’s Book Week poster unveiled; Anna Dewdney Award nominations close February 5; Letter from S&S CEO explains Yiannopoulos book deal; Ben Sevier named publisher at Grand Central; Ingram announces promotions, new associates; Walter Dean Myers Award winner revealed; Edgar Award nominees named

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20 Jan

We Need Diverse Books to Launch Bookseller of the Year Award

We Need Diverse Books is launching an award honoring a bookseller or group of booksellers at a store that best exemplifies the nonprofit’s mission to promote diversity in children’s literature.

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09 Jan

Curious Iguana Encourages Customers to Read Broader in 2017

To inspire customers to read books outside their comfort zones and to get to know the world around them, Curious Iguana has launched the year-long Read Broader initiative.

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04 Jan

BTW News Briefs

We Need Diverse Books publishes first anthology; HarperCollins takes full ownership of HarperCollins Brasil; International Dublin Literary Award nominations announced

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22 Nov

Booksellers Embrace Post-Election Role

Bookstores are embracing their roles as sources of information and self-expression and as a community nexus, providing books, safe spaces, and other resources in the post-election landscape.

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21 Sep

Around Indies

Books and Crannies opens in Virginia; Milkweed Books holds grand opening; Let’s Play Books! grows, goes general-interest; Spellbound debuts kids’ reading room; A Room of One’s Own explores co-op model; Books & Books’ Mitchell Kaplan honored; Scuppernong’s “Ask a Muslim Anything” events spark conversation

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21 Sep

Jack and Allie’s Celebrates Islamic Culture

Barbara Kahn, owner of Jack and Allie’s children’s bookstore in Vernon, Connecticut, is making a special effort to engage the area’s Muslim population by carrying books reflecting the Muslim faith and hosting Islamic events for kids.

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17 Aug

Beyond Barcodes Bookstore Helps Unite Kokomo, Indiana

DeAndra Beard, founder of Beyond Borders Language Learning Center, opened Bind Café and Beyond Barcodes multicultural bookstore in January to extend the center’s mission of bringing the community together through language, learning, and discussion. 

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06 Jul

Bookstores to Host Banned Books Week Events on Same Night

Bookstores in seven cities will hold events on the same night during this year’s celebration of Banned Books Week (September 25–October 1) to highlight challenges to books written by authors of diverse backgrounds.

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26 Apr

North Carolina Booksellers Continue to Foster Conversation on H.B. 2

Authors and customers are showing their support for indie bookstores in North Carolina as booksellers around the state open their doors to create venues for discussion and education about House Bill 2.

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20 Apr

Author Sara Gruen and Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café Team Up to “Kill the Bill”

North Carolina author and indie bookstore champion Sara Gruen is responding to the state’s controversial House Bill 2 by coordinating the “Kill the Bill” author reading and fundraiser, to be held May 18.

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13 Apr

North Carolina Booksellers on H.B. 2: “All Are Welcome Here”

Independent booksellers throughout North Carolina are speaking out against the discriminatory nature of House Bill 2 and addressing its impact on their businesses.

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