On Thursday, June 11, the American Booksellers Association hosted a virtual version of its Town Hall, where booksellers were invited to share their thoughts about the association and the book industry at large.
The July 15–16 virtual event will feature sessions on representation in young adult and middle grade sci-fi and fantasy titles; an antiracism training with Cultures Connecting; a talk on store voice, online sales, and profitability; rep picks presentations; and more.
ABA has continued to update this article with new information about the Paycheck Protection Program. For specific questions about PPP loan forgiveness, booksellers should reach out to their lender, accountant, and/or local SBA office or SBA-resource partner.
After receiving requests to revisit the topic, this meetup will also focus on what needs to change as businesses are in various states of operation and events are taking place virtually instead of in-person.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.