Headlines for the week of June 21, 2017

    Macmillan Announces New Store Opening Policy

    Macmillan Publishers has created a policy to support new bookstores opening in the independent bookstore channel.

    ABA Introduces New Way for Booksellers to Suggest Education Topics, Speakers

    ABA is inviting booksellers to offer suggestions year-round about education topics, panelists, and speakers via two new forms on BookWeb.

    Binc Announces Disaster Recovery Pilot Program for Stores

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has launched a new program aimed at keeping bookstore staff employed by helping a store quickly return to normal business operations in the wake of a disaster.

    Survey Seeks Booksellers’ Feedback on BookExpo

    ABA is asking all booksellers who attended BookExpo 2017 to complete a post-event survey, which will help guide plans for future programming.

    ABFE Director Chris Finan to Leave ABA

    American Booksellers for Free Expression Director Chris Finan is leaving the American Booksellers Association to become the National Coalition Against Censorship’s new executive director.

    June 30 Deadline for ABC Best Books Title Recommendations

    Booksellers at all ABA member stores have until June 30 to submit title recommendations for the 2017 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog.

    Bookstores Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

    Bookstores across the country are celebrating LGBT Pride Month this June with a variety of creative events covering both the literary and the political aspects of queer culture.

    Welcome to ABA, Island Books & Crafts!

    This installment of Bookselling This Week’s new series “Welcome to ABA!” features Island Books & Crafts in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, which joined the association earlier this year.

    Register Now for August “Owning a Bookstore” Workshop Retreat

    Paz & Associates will present its next workshop retreat for new and prospective booksellers from August 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Tips from Partnership: Four Steps to Gain Control of Your Inbound Shipping

    PartnerShip, an ABA business service affinity partner, offers four steps to better understanding your store’s true inbound shipping costs, as well as the cost savings opportunities stores may be missing.

    Around Indies

    Neighborhood Reads opens in Missouri; Belmont Books debuts in Massachusetts; Bliss Books & Bindery planned for Oklahoma; Joe’s Place reopens in new location

    BTW News Briefs

    ILSR responds to Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition; Tubby & Coo’s, White Birch Books win Sourcebooks challenge; WNDB launches OurStory app; NEA awards $84 million in grants; Chicago Review Press acquires Bright Ideas for Learning series; Man Booker International Prize, WNBA Awards, CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal winners announced

    The Indie Love & Romance Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending June 17, 2017.

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    Les Townsend

    The newest installment of Bookselling This Week's "Welcome to ABA!" series features Island Books & Crafts in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Open since 2010, the store, owned by Les Townsend (pictured) and his wife Kelli Jarvi-Townsend, sells new and used books and crafts from over 170 local vendors.