Advocacy

    AAP to Honor Hong Kong Publisher Imprisoned in China

    Attendees at the annual PEN America dinner on Tuesday, April 25, will pause to honor Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who is being held without charge on the Chinese mainland.

    ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2016

    Books featuring LGBT characters occupied the first five positions on the American Library Association’s 2016 list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries.

    Bookstores Take on Social Issues

    Brookline Booksmith, Sherman’s Books & Stationery, Square Books, and Northshire Bookstore are among the many bookstores actively engaging with their communities on social issues.

    Minimum Wage Roundup

    Here is a look at recent reporting on minimum wage activity in Iowa, Maine, and Maryland.

    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.

    Bloomberg BNA: Amazon Close to Breaking Wal-Mart Record for Subsidies

    Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report: State details how Amazon is on the verge of setting a record for garnering state and local tax subsidies.

    Victory! Amazon Will Collect and Remit Sales Tax in All States With Sales Tax Laws

    After almost two decades of a hard-fought political battle to require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax in every state that collects sales tax, Main Street retailers can finally declare victory.

    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.

    Small Press Profile: The New Press

    The New Press, a not-for-profit publisher of books with educational, cultural, and community value, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Wi12 Education: ABFE Presents — Hot-Button Issues in Kids’ Books

    At Winter Institute, a panel of booksellers and representatives from We Need Diverse Books discussed how to build a collection of diverse titles and how to respond to resistance from readers.

    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.

    Hong Kong Bookseller’s Daughter Seeks Help in Freeing Him

    Angela Gui, the daughter of Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, has been fighting a lonely battle to force Chinese authorities to release her father, who was kidnapped from his holiday home in Thailand in October 2015.

    ABA Supports Press Freedom

    ABA has joined more than 80 book, free expression, and press organizations in expressing alarm at efforts by President Trump and his administration to demonize, marginalize, and undermine the media.

    BTW News Briefs

    Transfer of Perseus Books distribution completed; PRH to publish Obamas; WNDB internship application opens; Hummingbird offers new discount program; Study finds post-millennials prefer physical stores; Amazon opens East Coast store; #FreeWordsTurkey petition presented to German government; LA Times Book Prize finalists announced 

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