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March 31 Deadline for Ingram’s Booklove2 Incentive Program

This Thursday, March 31, is the last day for indie bookstores to sign up for Booklove2, an incentive program designed by Ingram to give back to independent bookstores that are “going above and beyond.” Stores that sign up for Booklove2 will be given a 2016 sales goal by Ingram, and those that meet their goal will be rewarded:

  • If a store’s goal is met by the end of 2016, Ingram will give back .5 percent of the store’s net sales with Ingram, including Ingram Publisher Services (IPS), in credit.
  • If a store meets its goal by July 31, 2016, Ingram will give back .5 percent of the store’s net sales with Ingram and IPS in credit and .5 percent will be added to the store’s regular discount for the rest of the year.

Learn more and sign up on the Ingram website.

Cover of Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Released

Scholastic has released the cover image for the fully illustrated hardcover edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The second book in the Harry Potter series to be illustrated will be published globally on October 4, 2016, and will include more than 115 color images.

Drawn by award-winning artist Jim Kay, the cover, released on Wednesday, March 30, shows Harry Potter flying towards The Burrow in the Ford Anglia and is available for download on Scholastic’s website.

The first book in the illustrated series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition, was published globally in October 2015 and sent the series back to the top of the bestseller lists.

Pottermore, the official Harry Potter website, this week also exclusively revealed extra artwork from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition

2016 BookExpo America Global Market Forum to Highlight Poland

Poland will be the featured country at this year’s BookExpo America Global Market Forum. Poland will host five panel discussions featuring Polish and American speakers, on Wednesday, May 11, day one of the trade show. The panels will provide an overview of the Polish book industry, highlight trends, introduce authors and their works, and discuss strategies to connect with American readers.

The BEA Global Market Forum Poland has been organized by BEA and the Polish Book Institute in Cracow, the Polish Chamber of Books in Warsaw, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

Previous guest countries at the BEA Global Market Forum include China, Russia, Spain, Mexico, and Italy.

2016 Whiting Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2016 Whiting Awards were announced on Thursday, March 24. The Whiting Award recognizes emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Each of this year’s winners received a prize of $5,000 at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 23, at the New York Historical Society.

The 2016 winners are:

  • Brian Blanchfield (Nonfiction)
  • Alice Sola Kim (Fiction)
  • J.D. Daniels (Nonfiction)
  • Catherine Lacey (Fiction)
  • Mitchell S. Jackson (Fiction)
  • LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Poetry)
  • Layli Long Soldier (Poetry)
  • Safiya Sinclair (Poetry)
  • Ocean Vuong (Poetry)
  • Madeleine George (Drama)

NCIBA Office Moving to Sonoma

The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) is moving from The Presidio in San Francisco to a new office in Sonoma, effective April 15, 2016.

NCIBA’s new office address will be 651 Broadway, Upstairs, P.O. Box 280, Sonoma, California, 95476.

James Patterson to Donate $1.75 Million to School Libraries for Second Year

James Patterson will donate another $1.75 million to school libraries this year, in the second installment of his School Library Campaign partnership with Scholastic Reading Club.

The 2016 program will launch with $1.75 million in grants to be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. Anyone can nominate a school library for grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per school.

“Libraries are at the heart of every school, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Scholastic once again to continue to underscore both the need to sustain them, and the vital role reading plays in children’s lives,” Patterson said.

Grant applications must be submitted by May 31, 2016; the nomination form can be found on Scholastic’s website.