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    ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

    Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

    Judges Announced for 2018 National Book Awards

    Four independent booksellers will serve among the 25 judges for the 69th annual National Book Awards. Submissions are now being accepted for the awards.

    BTW News Briefs

    BookExpo Audio Publishers Association Author Tea lineup announced; Tina Jordan leaves AAP; Whitney Hu joins National Book Foundation; Distribution changes announced at Hay House, Rutgers University Press; Advocacy groups publish comic book; Man Booker International Prize longlist, Publishing Triangle Award finalists, Tiptree Award winner announced

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in January

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 8.4 percent in January 2018 compared to January 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of March 6, the year-to-date sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up more than 4 percent over 2017.

    2018 Opportunities Available for HarperCollins’ Facebook Live Video Series

    Booksellers interested in creating a HarperCollins Facebook Live video this year are invited to contact the publisher to claim their spot for a Saturday between September 15 and December 29.

    Bookseller Stories From Binc: Taking Care of Mom

    “I’ve felt like I’m falling and no one will let me — it’s amazing, all these catchers. I’m lucky!” said one bookseller who received financial assistance from the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

    Sign Up for the ABC Group’s Flashlight e-Newsletter

    All staff at members of the ABC Children’s Group — bookstores, publishers, and individual members alike — can receive the Flashlight e-newsletter, which features exciting, exclusive, members-only content.

    New York Times Debuts Monthly Audiobook Bestseller Lists

    The new audiobook bestseller list will feature the top 15 fiction and top 15 nonfiction audiobooks, based on sales from the previous month.

    BTW News Briefs

    Bernie Sanders to appear at BookExpo 2018; Jonathan Karp named president, publisher of S&S adult publishing; HarperCollins buys AMACOM Books; Jennifer Egan named new PEN America president; B&N to open five new prototype stores; Emma Watson chooses Indie Next List pick Heart Berries; WWA’s Go West Book Display Contest commences; PEN/Faulkner finalists, Lambda Literary Award finalists, Story Prize winner announced


    AdventureKEEN Launches 2018 Indie Bookstore Campaign to Benefit Binc

    Outdoor and regional publisher AdventureKEEN is rolling out the second year of its shop local program, which gives indie bookstores a rebate and provides a matching donation to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

    Free Print/Digital Subscription to Publishers Weekly for ABA Bookseller Members

    Publishers Weekly continues to offer ABA member booksellers a free one-year subscription to print issues, special editions, and online premium content.

    Donations Sought for Silent Art Auction at BookExpo

    Illustrators are encouraged to donate artwork for the 2018 Silent Art Auction to benefit the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader, which will be held May 30 at BookExpo.

    Reminder: Petition Process Open for Additional Board Candidates

    Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates for Board officers and/or directors added to the ballot for the 2018–19 elections.

    Start Promoting Independent Bookstore Day

    Here are some tips to help spread the word about Independent Bookstore Day, which will be celebrated by more than 500 independent bookstores on April 28.

    BookPeople’s Steve Bercu to Retire

    Steve Bercu, a former ABA president and CEO of Austin indie BookPeople, will retire in June 2018.


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