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Bookselling and Liberation: Black Bookstores in America, from the '60s to the Present

Bookselling and Liberation: Black Bookstores in America, from the '60s to the Present (January 24, 2020)
Content related to the education session Bookselling and Liberation: Black Bookstores in America, from the '60s to the Present, Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
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In the 1960s and 1970s, scores of Black bookstores opened in the U.S. Founded by activist entrepreneurs, these indie stores served as a refuge and intellectual center for communities in search of books by and about Black people. This Wi15 keynote event will be a wide-open conversation about the history and vital position of Black bookstores in our communities and in our industry with pioneers of Black bookselling and publishing, moderated by Professor Joshua Clark Davis, author of From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press). Speakers include: W. Paul Coates, Black Classic Press (Baltimore, MD); Shirikiana Aina Gerima, Sankofa Video Books and Cafe (Washington, D.C.); Judy Richardson, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (Atlanta, GA); Nati Kamau-Nataki, Everyone's Place (Baltimore, MD).

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Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance

Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance (January 23, 2020)
Content related to the education session Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance , Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
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  • Owners and Managers

The panel brings together respected booksellers, Shirikiana Gerima, Ramunda Lark Young, and Hannah Oliver Depp, to examine the intersections of race, literature, and entrepreneurship. The panelists will explore the importance of their contributions to the bookselling eco-system, activism, and what is required to create diverse, equitable environments. Panelists: Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl, Founder (New York, NY), Shirikiana Gerima, Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe (Washington, D.C.), Ramunda Lark Young, MahoganyBooks (Washington, D.C.) , Hannah Oliver Depp, Loyalty Bookstore (Washington, D.C.)

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Inventory: Reimagining the Backlist Canon for Our Time

Inventory: Reimagining the Backlist Canon for Our Time (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session Inventory: Reimagining the Backlist Canon for Our Time, Winter Institute 2020.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
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An independent bookstore's backlist exemplifies the independence of the store as an institution, as well as the creators of the book space, and its customers. It is through this curation, experiences and learning opportunities are created that reflect a bookstore's community and propels the business and its community forward. This session will provide insight into how to serve a community by going beyond the classics and the methods and challenges faced in curating a backlist representative of the bookstore's culture. Panelists: Paul Yamazaki, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers (San Francisco, CA) , Derrick Young, MahoganyBooks (Washington, DC) , Rio Cortez, Schomburg Shop (Harlem, NY), Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers (Boston, MA), Alena Jones, Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Chicago, IL)

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Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt"

Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt" (January 22, 2020)
Content related to the education session Events: Creating Conversations Around "American Dirt", Winter Institute 2020.
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  • Diversity & Inclusion
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One of the most anticipated and talked about books of the 2020, American Dirt, touches on issues of immigration on the southern US border, the politics of our current world and ultimately a mothers fierce love for her son. Javier Ramirez, co-owner of Madison Street Books (Chicago, IL) and Jeannie Cummings, author, will engage in a conversation about the work and the impact it has already had in the industry and indie bookselling community. Panelists: Jeanine Cummins, author, Flatiron Books, Javier Ramirez, Madison Street Books (Chicago, IL),

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Publishing: Why it Matters and Where Publishing is Headed , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

In this session, a panel of diverse publishers will share their experiences in publishing, including how the industry is changing, where it still needs to grow, and efforts bookstores can take to raise awareness, lift voices, and support authors of color.

Hannah Oliver Depp, Loyalty Bookstore (Silver Spring, MD); Chris Myers, Make Me a World (New York, NY) ; Namrata Tripathi, Kokila Press (New York, NY); Rebecca Wells, Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA)

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Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop

Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop, Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Events

This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Booksellers are invited to sign on to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year. Learn more about the partnership.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit (June 28, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Conducting a Diversity Audit , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • 101
  • Children's Bookselling
  • Owners and Managers

Representation matters. #OwnVoices matters. As bearers of knowledge and information for children, it is imperative that a bookstore’s inventory reflects the experiences of all kinds of people to cultivate cultural awareness and engender empathy in youth. One step toward a more inclusive collection of books is to conduct a diversity audit on your store’s inventory. This session will teach attendees how to:

  • Assess their inventory
  • Conduct an audit
  • Identify where attention needs to be focused
  • Use an audit to inform the ordering process

BrocheAroe Fabian, River Dog Book Co. (Beaver Dam, WI); Dr. Belinda Boon, Kent State University (Kent, OH); Molly Gilroy Olivo, Barstons Child's Play (Washington, D.C.); Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers & Cafe (Boston, MA)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Representation in Store Culture and Why It Matters , Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Operations
Tags:
  • Owners and Managers

Bookstores are important fixtures in every community. They serve as places to gather, to find and research new ideas, to explore new worlds, and to find refuge. But bookstores can also be intimidating for people who are underrepresented by the makeup of a store's staff That’s why it is important for a store to not only reflect its immediate community but also the larger community. In this session, HR leaders will share with attendees:

  • The importance of hiring a diverse staff
  • The impact a diverse staff has within the store and on the greater community
  • How to find great bookstore employee candidates outside your store’s community

Veronica Liu, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria (New York, NY); Rio Cortez, The Schomburg Shop (New York, NY); Patricia Bucek, Vibrant Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA); Jeffrey Blair, Eyeseeme African American Children's Bookstore (University City, MO)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children's Literature

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children's Literature (June 27, 2019)
Content related to the education session Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children's Literature, Children's Institute 2019.
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Recently, children's literature has been the subject of debate as readers respond to content related to race, class, culture, individuality, and identity. Authors are self-selecting to delay publication of their books, publishers are canceling titles, and review outlets are retracting starred statuses. There is immense pressure from all sides of the industry to do the right thing, but what is the right thing? This session is designed to be a discussion led by bookselling peers that will begin with a contextual overview of the issues surfacing in kids' books. Attendees will discuss the implications of these issues and how booksellers can productively talk about race, class, culture, individuality, and identity without alienating customers, authors, and each other.

Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett (Farmington, ME); Summer Laurie, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA); Javier Ramirez, The Book Table (Oak Park, IL); Sara Grochowski, McLean & Eakin Booksellers (Petoskey, MI)

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Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Terms

Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Terms (June 19, 2019)
Content related to the education session Glossary of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Terms, .
Topic:
  • Diversity & Inclusion
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