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Headlines for the issue of March 20, 2019

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ABA’s Oren Teicher to Retire at Close of Year; Selection Process for New CEO Underway

On March 18, ABA announced that Oren J. Teicher, who has been ABA’s CEO since 2009, has said that he will be retiring at the end of the year.

19 Mar

Scholarship Application Period Opens for Winter Institute 2020

ABA member stores that have not attended the Winter Institute in the past seven years are eligible for a scholarship to the 2020 event.

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20 Mar

Sign Up Now to Play Quidditch at 2019 Children’s Institute

Attendees will be invited to play and learn the Harry Potter-inspired sport alongside members of the Steel City Quidditch Club, an internationally recognized club team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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18 Mar

Registration Underway for Children’s Institute Bookstore Tours

Booksellers and publishers attending Children’s Institute 2019 in Pittsburgh this June can register now for half-day and full-day bookstore tours.

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19 Mar

Spring Forums Coming Up in SCIBA, NCIBA Regions

Each spring forum event in Pasadena and San Francisco will feature an open forum discussion of industry issues plus the new education session “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without.”

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20 Mar

89 Winning Booksellers Announced for New BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program

Through the new BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program, indie bookseller winners will receive $1,000 for travel, accommodations, and other expenses incurred during their stay in New York City.

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20 Mar

Ideas Sought in Advance of ABA Educational Task Force Meeting

Bookseller members of ABA’s Educational Task Force offer suggestions to ABA staff members charged with developing educational programming for association events such as the Winter and Children’s Institutes.

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14 Mar

2019 Interactive Independent Bookstore Day Map Goes Live

Readers can now search an interactive map featuring more than 575 bookstores that will be selling special literary-themed merch on April 27, Independent Bookstore Day.

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20 Mar

Full Details for ABA's Partnership with Well-Read Black Girl Now Live on BookWeb

Booksellers can now visit the Well-Read Black Girl webpage on BookWeb for complete details on how to serve as an ambassador and host WRBG book clubs in their stores throughout the year.

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15 Mar

Promote Pulitzer Prize-Winning Backlist Ahead of Livestreamed Announcement on April 15

Booksellers are encouraged to inform their customers, book club members, and colleagues that the winners and finalists for the Prize will be announced via livestream on the Pulitzer website.

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14 Mar

Five Booksellers Among Judges for 2019 National Book Awards

More independent booksellers than in previous years will serve as judges for the 70th annual National Book Awards. Submissions are now open for the awards.

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14 Mar

Last Call for Booksellers to Pick Indie Backlist Titles for ABA’s Summer Reading Group Guide

This new partnership between ABA and the Independent Publishers Caucus was created to highlight key backlist titles from indie publishers and increase sales of these titles at indie bookstores.

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20 Mar

BTW News Briefs

Trump’s 2020 budget calls for elimination of NEA; W.S. Merwin dies; Binc's disaster relief program no longer a pilot; Walter Isaacson joins Arcadia as editor-at-large; Arthur A. Levine to form own publishing company; Ingram to distribute two new publishers; Personnel changes at Hachette, Harlequin; Free online course from Cornell University and Bank of America; National Book Critics Circle Awards, Windham-Campbell Prize, PEN America’s PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, PEN/Hemingway Award winners announced; Reading the West Book Award shortlist announced

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19 Mar
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Arlington County Approves Incentives for Amazon

At a March 16 public hearing, the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to approve $23 million in incentives for Amazon to establish its second corporate headquarters in the Virginia city.

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19 Mar

ABFE Presents March Episode of “Counterspeak”

This episode features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan.

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11 Mar
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Get Schooled: Watch Wi14 Education Session Videos Now on BookWeb

Topics include thriving as a new owner, creating dazzling displays, managing a multi-location business, mixing bookstores and bars, building successful relationships with publishers, and more.

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19 Mar

Wi14 Education: Selling Direct to Schools

Panelists offered the attending booksellers tips and tricks pertaining to the best practices they found most important for selling direct to schools, managing author event orders, and book fair distribution. 

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19 Mar

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing via Twitter

In this Marketing Meetup, booksellers discussed strategies for promoting their stores on Twitter, which boasts 67 million users in the U.S. alone.

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19 Mar

Sign Up for ABA’s March 28 Marketing Meetup

Blog marketing is used by businesses to reach their target market through additional online visibility, either via a blog within their website or a specific blogging platform like WordPress or Tumblr.

 

 

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20 Mar
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IndieCommunication: A Webinar, Conforming With CCPA Rules, and Identifying Fraudulent Orders

The most recent issue of IndieCommunication invites readers to participate in a webinar on custom orders, make sure their site conforms with CCPA rules, and be aware of fraudulent orders.

 

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19 Mar
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A Q&A With Mary Laura Philpott, Author of April’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Through both laughter and tears, readers will exclaim, ‘Yes, yes, this is ME!’ Don’t miss this gem!” said Book Vault’s Nancy Simpson-Brice of the forthcoming memoir-in-essays I Miss You When I Blink.

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20 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Candice Carty-Williams

Myles Mickle of Village Square Booksellers calls Queenie “entertainment that smashes expectations of sexuality, gender, and race."

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15 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Jody J. Little

Christy McDanold, co-owner of Secret Garden Bookshop, says Mostly the Honest Truth is “an honest and accessible novel about alcoholism for the older elementary reader.”

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20 Mar

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

The American Booksellers Association’s specialty bestseller lists provide a current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide.

 
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19 Mar
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Around Indies

Mil Mundos opens; The Open Book to hold grand opening; Lake & Owl to open; Collected Works to reopen; Murder on the Beach to move; Bethany Beach, Fables and Fairy Tales named top stores; Raven Book Store owner profiled; The Brain Lair hosts presidential candidate; Bluestocking, Old Town, The Wild Detectives, Deep Vellum, and more featured in news stories.

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