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    Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

    A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

    Around Indies

    Books Are Magic sets tentative opening date; Book Culture to celebrate 20 years; Staff changes at This House of Books; Talking Leaves to consolidate stores

    Fountain Bookstore Shares How-to Guide for Running Social Media Campaigns

    Kelly Justice, owner of Richmond, Virginia’s Fountain Bookstore, has created a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for booksellers on how to conduct successful social media campaigns.

    Porter Square Books Aims to Help Community “Be the Change”

    Following the 2016 election, Porter Square Books launched Be the Change, a civic engagement program that provides concerned citizens with a sense of community and tools for social and political change.

    My Bookstore: Kristin Harmel on Writer’s Block Bookstore

    In this excerpt from the forthcoming trade paperback edition of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, author Kristin Harmel pays tribute to Writer’s Block Bookstore.

    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local Extended to March 20

    The preregistration period for this July’s sixth annual celebration of Find Waldo Local has been extended to Monday, March 20.

    AdventureKEEN Becomes Binc’s First Publisher Promotion Partner

    Through a new initiative, SHOP LOCAL, LIVE LOCAL, AdventureKEEN will donate 100 percent of profits from the sale of its titles at independent bookstores this June to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

    Around Indies

    WORD to open children’s bookstore; Wesleyan University bookstore to feature café; Breakwater Books, Secret Garden plan anniversary celebrations 

    BTW News Briefs

    Amazon to collect and remit sales tax in New Mexico; Bertelsmann to raise Random House stake; Ingram to offer poetry newsletter; Two new Amazon stores planned; The Mothers to head to movie screens; Lambda Literary finalists, Tiptree Award, Plimpton Prize, Terry Southern Prize,  and Story Prize winners announced

    My Bookstore: Full Circle Bookstore by Carolyn Hart

    In this excerpt from the upcoming trade paperback edition of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, author Carolyn Hart pays tribute to Full Circle Bookstore.

    Tattered Cover’s Cathy Langer to Retire

    Cathy Langer, the director of buying for Tattered Cover Book Store, will retire in March 2018 after a 40-year career at the Denver indie.

    Politics and Prose’s Teach-ins Take a Cue From the 1960s

    Politics and Prose, one of a number of bookstores that have found success with politically oriented initiatives after the 2016 election, is staging a series of teach-ins in the spirit of 1960s activist gatherings.

    Little Shop of Stories Spreads Kindness

    After the 2016 election, Little Shop of Stories created the store's first-ever Year of Kindness project, which uses monthly themed book clubs and events to help kids and parents explore ideas of community and compassion.

    Around Indies

    Loganberry Books finds unique way to celebrate Women’s History Month; Colorado bookstores collaborate to draw authors; Collected Works owner Dorothy Massey honored

    Event Kit Available for New Edition of “My Bookstore”

    Stores can request an event kit to promote the new edition of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, releasing in time for Independent Bookstore Day.


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