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Headlines for the issue of May 22, 2019

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An Overview of ABA’s Programming at BookExpo

Booksellers can visit BookWeb.org to see the entire schedule of ABA programming at BookExpo.

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22 May
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Who’s Who in the ABA Member Lounge at BookExpo?

Booksellers can meet with ABA staff members and representatives of affinity businesses and other industry organizations in the ABA Member Lounge at this month’s BookExpo.

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22 May

Select BookExpo Authors to Offer Exclusive Signings for ABA Members

Some authors will be autographing exclusively for ABA member booksellers in the ABA Member Lounge and Galley Room.

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22 May

Silent Art Auction at BookExpo to Feature Art From More Than 100 Children’s Book Illustrators

A variety of children’s book illustrators are donating original art from a published or forthcoming book to be auctioned off to raise money for ABFE and Every Child a Reader.

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22 May

Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards to Be Presented at BookExpo

Formerly the Celebration of Bookselling Lunch, this year’s awards will be presented in a new format on the trade show floor. 

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22 May

Don’t Miss ABA’s Annual Meeting and Town Hall at BookExpo

The annual meeting agenda will include announcing the results of ABA’s election, reports on the association’s activities over the past year, and updates on new and ongoing initiatives.

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20 May
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Action Item: Sign Up for Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Program

This year, publishers are once again offering specials on titles chosen for the Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce program, and select authors will appear at this year's BookExpo trade show.

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16 May

Nominations Sought for 2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

Booksellers are invited to submit their recommendations for children’s books to be featured in the 2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog.

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22 May

Take Note: June 12 Deadline for ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Survey

The customized reports and online tools that reporting stores receive in return for filling out the survey provide a full picture of a bookstore’s financial performance and key information for strategic planning.

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22 May

Tegan Tigani Appointed to ABA Board

The Board has unanimously approved the appointment of Tegan Tigani of Queen Anne Book Company to fill a vacancy resulting from the election of Jamie Fiocco of Flyleaf Books as ABA’s incoming president.

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22 May
Let's Talk About Pre-Orders!

Check Out These ABA Pre-Order Calendar Highlights

The Pre-Order Calendar, updated on a regular basis, shows booksellers titles with good pre-order potential, the books' publication dates, and details for ordering from publishers. 

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22 May

Four New Publishers Offer Programs for Indies in Wake of B&T Announcement

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Capstone, Scholastic, and Workman are the latest publishers to offer special programs for indies after the news that wholesaler Baker & Taylor will no longer distribute to retailers.

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22 May

Hosting a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: Selecting Your Book

The second chapter in the Well-Read Black Girl Ambassador Orientation and Book Club Starter Guide will help participating booksellers launch their book club.

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16 May

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in March

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 7 percent in March 2019 compared to March 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of May 15, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are even with 2018.

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17 May

2020 Vision USA Offers Discounts for ABA Booksellers

The eyeglasses wholesale company also donates a portion of its profits on behalf of ABA member bookstores to support freedom of speech through the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

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22 May

ABA Affinity Partner Chosen Payments to Offer Sign-Up Incentives at BookExpo

ABA bookstore members that sign up as new clients with credit card processing company Chosen Payments at BookExpo 2019 will get a $100 signing bonus.

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22 May

Workman Realigns Terms for All Indie Bookstore Accounts, Both New and Existing

Workman Publishing is introducing wide-ranging changes that will benefit both new and existing independent bookstore accounts.

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22 May

BTW News Briefs

PRHPS, SEA sign multi-year sales and distribution agreement; McFarland & Co. launches Toplight Books; Charco Press to be distributed by Consortium; Chronicle launches Chronicle Chroma; Personnel changes at MIBA, IPG, APA Publishing, Fabled Films Press, National Book Foundation; Buzz Books available for booksellers; Man Book International, Innovations in Reading, O. Henry Prize, Nebula Awards, Library of Congress Award for American Fiction, International Dylan Thomas Prize, Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, Plutarch Award for Best Biography, New England Society Book Awards winners announced; Strand Critics Awards nominees announced

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22 May
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Booksellers Urged to Write Lawmakers in Cities With Losing Amazon HQ2 Proposals

State lawmakers can be encouraged to use the resources they had earmarked for the online giant to support local communities and their independent businesses instead.

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20 May
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Live Marketing Meetup to be Held at BookExpo

“Carrying Your Digital Marketing Campaigns Across Multiple Platforms” will cover multi-platform digital marketing, a growing discipline due to the ever-increasing number of ways to connect audiences with your content.

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20 May

Sign Up for the May 23 Marketing Meetup: “Hosting Community Writing Contests/Creating Original Content”

Booksellers will discuss how to engage with their local writing communities, to create high-margin titles to sell in-store, and to develop bookstore-branded products.

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22 May

A Q&A With Ocean Vuong, Author of June’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous “already feels like a modern classic, destined to be read and talked about for years to come,” said Caleb Masters of Bookmarks.

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20 May

Elizabeth Acevedo on Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “With the Fire on High”

“The only word I can use to properly describe this book is ‘delicious,’” said Emelie Burl of Hickory Stick Bookshop.

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16 May
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BTW to Arrive Next Friday From BookExpo

Instead of the usual Wednesday, Bookselling This Week's next issue will come out Friday, May 31, with reporting from BookExpo 2019.

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20 May

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Having Conversations About the Importance of Shopping Local

Bookselling This Week talked with Billie Bloebaum of Third Street Books about how she navigates conversations with friends, family, customers, and authors about the value of shopping local.

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22 May

Around Indies

Michael Tucker, Margie Scott Tucker to retire; Round Table to open; Astra Titus to take over Curious George; Half Price Concord location to reopen; Partners Village, Green Arcade celebrate anniversaries; Loyalty Books looks to expand; Personnel changes at Community Bookstore, Greenlight; Chapters hosts former U.S. Poet Laureate; Doylestown honored by mayor; Kit Harington stops by R.J. Julia; Bookmarks to host 15th Annual Festival of Books and Authors; Brookline Booksmith, Harvard, Porter Square, Trident, New Dominion, Point Reyes, Green Apple, DIESEL, East Bay, Dog Eared, R&B, BookBar, Unabridged, The Last Bookstore featured in local news; Reader's Digest shares best-loved bookstore in each state

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