Disasters/Relief

12 Nov

Binc Fundraiser Raises Thousands to Benefit Booksellers

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s first major fundraising event, titled Zombie Apocalypse!, brought more than 100 supporters to downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, on October 27 and raised more than $10,000 to benefit programs to support bookstore employees across the country.

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08 Nov

East Coast Booksellers Dry Out and Power Up

Several ABA member bookstores affected by last week’s hurricane are still working towards recovery. Among them are Bank Square Books, which has been closed due to severe flooding since last Monday, and New Jersey’s BookTowne, which has been closed for 10 days due to power failure.

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05 Nov

Resources Available to ABA Members Affected by Sandy

As ABA’s offices were returning to normal operations on the Monday following Hurricane Sandy, the association’s Member Relationship Managers were reaching out to bookstores in affected areas to assure them that ABA is available to help in any way that it can.

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01 Nov

Limited ABA Services Post-Hurricane Sandy

Due to ongoing Hurricane Sandy-related power, phone, and Internet outages in New York, ABA operations are significantly affected. Our staff’s ability to receive and to respond to communications is very limited.

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10 Oct

ABA and Binc Partner to Offer Emergency Financial Assistance to Indie Booksellers

This week, the American Booksellers Association and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation announced that they have entered into an agreement to offer a financial assistance program for employees of independent bookstores who are experiencing an emergency financial hardship.

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12 Apr

Tech Talk: Keeping Your Website Up to Date

Christine Onorati of WORD and Kelly Justice of Fountain Bookstore offer tips to increase online sales and to ensure your customers know that your website is always open for business.

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12 Jan

An Interview With Historian and Wi7 Plenary Speaker Douglas Brinkley

Wednesday at Wi7 will be capped by an interview of award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, by Bob Minzesheimer of USA Today. Here Brinkley talks about the heroes and bad faith players in Hurricane Katrina, indie booksellers’ role in the area’s economic recovery, and his upcoming titles.

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06 Oct

Bartleby’s Makes Progress Toward Reopening

With much hard work and the help of family and community members, Lisa Sullivan hopes to reopen Bartleby’s Books before Thanksgiving. The Wilmington, Vermont, bookstore was almost totally destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene.

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28 Sep

Disaster Preparedness 101: Flood Insurance

Most bookstores will never have to deal with severe flooding, but for those in high-risk areas, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program offers coverage provided by national carriers that can be purchased through LIBRIS, the ABA insurance company, or another licensed broker.

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15 Sep

Stores Reopen After Flooding From Tropical Storm Lee

RiverRead Books in Binghamton, New York, and Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania, are both fine structurally, but are operating in cities that were heavily affected by flood damage and had mandatory evacuations last week.

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08 Sep

BTW News Briefs

SBA Offers Free Disaster Preparedness Webinars; Man Booker Shortlist Announced

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01 Sep

Booksellers Deal With Aftereffects of Hurricane Irene

Most bookstores on the East Coast survived Hurricane Irene intact and were able to reopen within a day or so, but several were severely damaged, including North Carolina’s Manteo Booksellers and Vermont’s Bartleby’s Books.

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29 Jun

North Dakota Bookseller Deals With Flood’s Aftermath

After record flooding in Minot, North Dakota, one third of the city is under water, but Val Stadick’s home and her bookstore, Main Street Books, are dry. Stadick is focusing her energy on helping friends and neighbors, but she also worries about the future of her business.

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28 Apr

The Book Cellar Soldiers On After Fire

The Book Cellar in Brattleboro, Vermont, which was destroyed by a catastrophic fire on April 17, is closed indefinitely, but store staff is busy moving scheduled events to Bartleby’s, owner Lisa Sullivan’s second store.

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09 Sep

Booksellers NZ Reaches Out to Members After Earthquake

Since the earthquake that shook New Zealand's South Island on September 3, Booksellers New Zealand, the organization representing the country’s independent bookshops as well as major retail chains, is finding ways to stay involved and reach out to its members.

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