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    City of Asylum bookstore to open January 14; Bookmarks signs lease, plans partnership with local brewery; East Bay Booksellers nears fundraising goal; East City Bookshop to host industry meetup following January 21 March on Washington

    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.

    Around Indies

    Zandbroz Variety marks 25 years; Afterwords Books to swap buildings with bakery; R.J. Julia launches “Just the Right Book!” podcast; Wild Fig’s Crystal Wilkinson among top 50 Southerners of the year

    Island Bound’s New Owners Aim to Keep Tourists, Residents Well-Read

    On December 1, sisters Susan Bush and Laura Parsons became the owners of Island Bound Bookstore on Block Island, a popular summer tourist destination off the coast of Rhode Island. 

    2016 Holiday Season Ends on High Note

    Despite a slow start and some weather challenges, indie booksellers who spoke to Bookselling This Week reported a strong end to the holiday shopping season.

    Hope for the New Year

    In the face of growing ideological polarization, bookstores offer hope for the future, writes ABFE Director Chris Finan.

    Around Indies

    Ernest & Hadley opens for business; McNally Jackson opens second Goods for the Study; Greenlight sets grand opening for second location; Charis Books moving to Decatur; The Lit. Bar top vendor at holiday market; Strand Book Store hosts Bernie Sanders; McIntyre’s Books raises donations for schoolchildren

    BTW News Briefs

    Chicago Review Press acquires Parenting Press; Ingram opens NYC office; Sourcebooks’ Raccah named PW Person of the Year; GalleyCat ceases publication; Bookigee to shut down; Laura Donnini named managing director, publisher of HarperCollins Italia; New app helps Vermonters buy local; Nominations open for National Small Business Week Awards

    Sales, Customer Support for Politics and Prose Grow as “Pizzagate” Threats Continue

    Politics and Prose has continued to receive threatening messages since the December 4 incident at a nearby pizzeria involving a bizarre conspiracy theory, but sales and customer support have soared.

    Magic City Books to Open in Tulsa in Early 2017

    Magic City Books, a project of the nonprofit Tulsa Literary Coalition, will offer a curated book collection as well as author appearances, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

    Around Indies

    Gramercy Books opens in Columbus, Ohio; Byrd’s Books celebrates fifth anniversary; Chapter One invites customers to follow the sheep trail; Anderson’s Bookshop hosts 11 authors for NapervilleREADS; Phoenix Books’ partners with Vermont Foodbank

    Single Tweet From Porter Square Books Leads to Hundreds of Book Recommendations

    Requests poured in over Thanksgiving weekend after Porter Square Books sent out a simple tweet: “You there! Yes, you. You need a book. Tell us a little about yourself & we’ll find the right book.”

    Around Indies

    Chicago booksellers respond to new report on Amazon; R.J. Julia to operate Wesleyan University Bookstore; Books Are Magic coming to Brooklyn, BookCourt leaving; Stax Discount Books opens in Massachusetts; Print celebrates grand opening; Regulator marks 40 years; Ukazoo Books, MIT Press Bookshop relocate; Point Reyes Books’ owners to pass the reins; Reading Frenzy to close; Bookshop Santa Cruz takes mannequin challenge

    Fake News Story Leads to Lockdown for Politics & Prose, Other Neighborhood Businesses

    An incident last Sunday involving a conspiracy theory and a gunman in a nearby pizzeria led to a lockdown of Washington, D.C.’s Politics & Prose.

    Bluestockings Bookstore to Host Training on De-escalating Conflicts

    Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, and Activist Center is presenting a workshop on strategies people can use to defuse potentially dangerous situations.

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