African American

27 Nov
A holiday window display at Bards Alley in Vienna, Virginia, that features the Polar Express.

Around Indies

Business booms at indie bookstores; Black-owned bookstores on the rise; Fabled Bookshop to open; Willow Bookstore, Yardstick, Haunted Bookshop, Play, Copperfield’s Books open; Malaprop’s to open pop-up; New owners for Village Bookstore, Bisbee Books; Prairie Fox Books moves; Galaxy Bookshop celebrates 30 years; Bards Alley wins window decorating contest; Moon Palace Books hosts musical performances; Northshire to host book fair; and more.

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20 Nov

Around Indies

For Keeps, Prologue Bookshop, Shakespeare and Co. UWS location to open; The Snail on the Wall, Book and Puppet Company to open pop-ups; The Babbling Book and the Dragon’s Nook gets new owner, name change; Gibson’s Bookstore, Village Lights Books, Riffraff celebrate anniversaries; Avid Bookshop owner receives award; and more.

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08 Feb

Stores Celebrate African American Achievement During Black History Month

Booksellers are celebrating Black History Month with a range of interesting and educational book displays, events, and activities that celebrate African Americans’ contributions to society.

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10 Feb

BTW News Briefs

New Harry Potter play to be released in print, e-book form; Germany fixes e-book prices to protect bricks-and-mortar stores; Agate Publishing launches children’s imprint with African American focus; National Book Foundation appoints Lisa Lucas executive director; Ingram names new COO for VitalSource; NAACP Image Award winners in literature announced; Audio Publishers Association names award finalists 

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20 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Publishers Lunch releases Buzz Books’ spring/summer adult and YA titles; AAUP member presses to launch diversity fellowship; AAP, United Negro College Fund partner for diversity initiative; Chronicle Books to distribute Hardie Grant Books; Eleven publishers sign with IPG, subsidiaries; Nominees announced for National Book Critics Circle Awards, 2016 Edgars; Book tech startups named winners in 1440 Accelerator Program; BEA announces library, children’s, and self-publishing programming

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29 Jan

CBC Diversity Blog Series Honors Walter Dean Myers

The Children’s Book Council CBC Diversity Initiative has launched the “It’s Possible” blog series, featuring five publishing professionals sharing their memories of working with Walter Dean Myers, the late children’s book author and advocate for literary diversity.

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30 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Retailers setting earlier shipping deadlines this holiday season; Report highlights top cities supporting African American literature; Marvel Comics now available on Kobo; 2014 Kirkus Prize winners announced

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17 Sep

Left Bank Books Facilitates Community Dialogue With #FergusonReads

Located just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, Left Bank Books is initiating the #FergusonReads book group to help foster discussions about the recent shooting of Michael Brown Jr.

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08 Mar

Owners and Staff Vote for Their Favorites

ABA is encouraging the owners and staff at all member bookstores to cast ballots for the 2012 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. Voting is open till March 31 via an electronic form on

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17 Nov

National Book Awards Honor Stories of Struggle

At the 62nd annual National Book Awards ceremony, held yesterday in New York City, stories of struggle were honored and the award winners, who included three women of color, gave voice to them. Also honored with lifetime achievement awards were Books & Books’ Mitchell Kaplan and poet John Ashbery.

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06 May

A Preview of African-American Programming at BEA

BookExpo America will once again feature free education and networking opportunities developed specifically for African-American book industry professionals. The program, which begins at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Javits Convention Center, is open to all BEA registered attendees; pre-registration for the African-American program is not required.

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25 Jun

Illinois Bookstore Speaks to the African-American Experience

When Kevin Roberts and daughter Maia Roberts launched an online African-American bookstore a few years ago, they were well aware that "there was a lot more out there" than the small selection of African-American titles they saw at a local chain.

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12 Jun

New Orleans' Afro-American Book Stop to Reopen

The Afro-American Book Stop, which was destroyed three years ago by Hurricane Katrina, will reopen on July 1. The new 1,500-square-foot store will be near its former location in New Orleans East and will celebrate its grand reopening throughout the July 4th weekend.

"Reopening is something I'm both excited about, yet fearful of," said Afro-American Book Stop owner Michele Lewis. "Hearing and reading so much about the struggles of bookselling, it is a bit frightening, but at the same time I'm ready."

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28 Apr

A Preview of African-American Programming at BEA

This year's BookExpo America program for African-American book industry professionals, sponsored by the African-American Booksellers Committee, will be held on Thursday, May 29, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Registration for the program, which is open to all BEA registered attendees, is not required.

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06 Nov

Eso Won Continues Rally With Community Support

Eso Won Books, an African-American specialty store in Los Angeles, has received considerable support from the local community following last month's news of its possible closing.

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