BTW Articles

04 Mar

Indie-Positive News Stories Proliferate

Last week's news cycle featured a number of positive stories about independent bookstores, starting with a February 25 article in the International New York Times about the growing number of indie bookstores in the U.S. 

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05 Mar

Second City Works Shows Improv Skills Lead to Better Business

What do people on a comedy club stage, in an executive boardroom, and behind the counter of a bookstore all have in common? According to Second City Works CEO Tom Yorton, it’s the benefit they can acquire from developing improvisational skills.

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04 Mar

Lumberjacks Abound in Michigan Bookseller’s Debut Middle Grade Novel

The staff at Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, Michigan, celebrated the success of one of their own last week at an in-store launch party for bookseller Alison DeCamp’s new middle grade novel My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!).

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26 Feb

Past ABA Presidents Look Back on an Eventful Decade

Six past ABA presidents came together at Winter Institute 10 for a conversation about the last 10 years in bookselling, a decade that has wrought many changes and created new challenges in the industry.

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26 Feb

BTW News Briefs

NYT article on indie bookstores shared with millions of Twitter followers; SFWA announces 2014 Nebula Award nominees; Poets & Writers introduces mobile app; PEN releases 2015 Literary Awards calendar; Young people prefer print books to digital, Washington Post reports; May 2 announced as first Canadian Authors for Indies Day; Lerner Publishing Group acquires Egmont USA’s list

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26 Feb

Flyleaf Bookseller’s Debut Novel on April Indie Next List

The debut novel by bookseller Jeremy Hawkins of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been named to April's Indie Next List. The Last Days of Video tells the tale of Star Video's quirky staff and owner, who try to keep their store in business after a Blockbuster moves in next door.

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25 Feb

Social Media Expert to Wi10 Booksellers: Make the Most of the Medium

“How to Create an Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy and Track the Results,” presented by JB Media Group's Sarah Benoit at Winter Institute 10, provided booksellers with tips and tricks to make the most of social media.

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19 Feb

Azar Nafisi’s “Republic of Imagination” Speech Ignites Crowd at Wi10

Booksellers rose to their feet for a standing ovation following Reading Lolita in Tehran author Azar Nafisi’s keynote speech on “The Republic of Imagination” at Winter Institute 10.

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11 Feb

Azar Nafisi on The Republic of Imagination: A Preview

Reading Lolita in Tehran author Azar Nafisi’s keynote address on “The Republic of Imagination” on the final day of Winter Institute 10 in Asheville received a standing ovation from booksellers, moved by her message of books’ essential role in society.

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11 Feb

A Winter Institute Conversation About F. Scott Fitzgerald

At Winter Institute 10, Erik Larson moderated a conversation between Maureen Corrigan and Stewart O'Nan, authors of new books on F. Scott Fitzegerald, who discussed the writer's connections to Asheville, North Carolina’s Grove Park Inn, the site of this year's conference.

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