Advocacy

11 Jun

League of Women Voters and American Booksellers Association Partner to Get Out the Vote through Independent Bookstores

Today, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and League of Women Voters (LWV) announced a new partnership to educate and empower voters in 2024. The collaboration is part of ABA’s member and community campaign, “Get Out the VOTE,” which aims to equip independent bookstores to engage with voters. 

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10 May
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Authors Against Book Bans (Maggie Tokuda-Hall)

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is an acclaimed author of children's and YA books such as The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea and The Worst Ronin. She is also a founding member and on the national leadership team of Authors Against Book Bans.

 

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08 May
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the weeks of May 1st and May 8th, 2024.

 

 

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08 May
LIG Solutions video graphic

Spring 2024 Health and Wellness Resources for Booksellers

The American Booksellers Association’s health coverage partner LIG Solutions wants booksellers to stay healthy in 2024. Read on for resources that are meant to help expand your health and wellness awareness and increase your knowledge about new health insurance solutions/legislation.

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03 May
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Tara Lipsyncki, Mosaics Community Bookstore and Venue

Tara Lipsyncki (they/them) is a drag performer, owner of Mosaics Community Bookstore and Venue in Provo, Utah, and director of the United Drag Alliance nonprofit. In April 2024, they received a bomb threat to their store in response to their Drag Story Hour programming, the most recent of many threats they’ve received and part of a major uptick in threatening content.

 

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01 May
ABFE

ABA Files Motion to Intervene in the FTC's Suit Against Amazon

On the eve of Independent Bookstore Day, ABA filed a motion to intervene in the FTC's complaint against Amazon, seeking to bolster their case for monopolistic behavior and ensure independent bookstores are represented in the case. 

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25 Apr
ABFE

ABFE and Allies File Amicus Brief Opposing Iowa Book Bans

ABFE and a coalition of allied organizations have filed an amicus brief in the Eight Circuit Appellate Court in support of two lawsuits challenging Iowa's book ban law on constitutional grounds: PRH et al. v. Robbins and GLBT Youth et al. v. Reynolds.

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19 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday x Independent Bookstore Day: Lauren Groff's The Lynx

 Lauren Groff is the author of The Vaster Wilds, Matrix, Florida, and others. She is also the owner of the indie bookstore The Lynx, which will have its grand opening in Gainesville, Florida, on April 28 (but will be open on April 27 for Independent Bookstore Day). Earlier this week, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2024.

 

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12 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Texas Freedom to Read Project (Laney Hawes)

Laney Hawes is a Texas parent and a co-founder of the Texas Freedom to Read Project.

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10 Apr
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the weeks of April 3, 2024 and April 10, 2024.

 

 

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09 Apr
ABFE

Planning a Secure Drag Story Time Event

In the current climate, drag story time events are powerful statements of inclusion. They also entail risk of online harassment, confrontational protests, and even bomb threats. Here are some things to consider when planning a drag story event in your store.

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05 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Second Star to the Right

Dea Lavoie is the owner of Second Star to the Right Books in Denver, CO and a founder of the nonprofit book access organization Books to Kids. Sophie Nogar is the Store Manager and Event Coordinator for Second Star and an organizer of the Gay It Forward program, among many others.

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29 Mar
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Florida Freedom to Read Project (Raegan Miller)

Raegan Miller is the Director of Finance and Development at the Florida Freedom to Read Project and a Florida parent.

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28 Mar
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the week of March 28, 2024.

 

 

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27 Mar

Visa, MasterCard Offer Retailers “Token” Relief in Antitrust Settlement

A proposed antitrust settlement announced Tuesday for Visa and Mastercard to reduce “swipe” fees charged to merchants to process credit card transactions would provide “very small relief” and does not end the need for Congress to pass legislation, the Merchants Payments Coalition (MPC) said.

 

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