Diversity & Inclusion

23 Jul

ABA Continues BIPOC Coffee Break Series on August 6

The August 6 virtual forum, a non-hosted event without an ABA facilitator or staff person, is intended to offer a meeting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color booksellers.

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22 Jul
Illustration of children playing with a parachute from You Matter by Christian Robinson

ABC Group Unveils 2020 Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Cover Art

An image from the picture book You Matter, written and illustrated by Christian Robinson, is featured on the cover of the 2020 catalog.

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15 Jul
Duende & The Word BIPOC Bookseller Award

Nominations Close July 17 for BIPOC Bookseller Award

All BIPOC who work in U.S. independent bookstores in any capacity are eligible to be nominated for the three categories: activism, innovation, and leadership.

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15 Jul
Carolyn Reidy

Simon & Schuster Announces Carolyn Kroll Reidy Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship program will grant awards to students based on financial need and academic merit, and is specifically intended for candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the publishing industry.

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08 Jul

A Letter From ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco

“We are addressing our lack of diversity and representation on the board and have approved two bylaws changes to address this immediately,” writes Fiocco.

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08 Jul

Can’t Make it to the Antiracist Allyship Workshop at Ci8? Let ABA Know

Many booksellers are waitlisted for this workshop; registered booksellers who cannot attend should let ABA know by the end of the day on July 9 so waiting booksellers can take their place.

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01 Jul

E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Remains Strong

In addition to a consistent conversion rate over the past week, stores that are open to customers on the weekends have reported an increase in in-store sales on Saturdays and Sundays.

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01 Jul

ABA Schedules Coffee Break for BIPOC Booksellers

The July 2 virtual forum, a non-hosted event without an ABA facilitator or staff person, is intended to offer a meeting space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color booksellers.

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30 Jun

Publishers Join in to Sponsor White Antiracist Allyship Workshop at Children’s Institute

This workshop focuses on the self-awareness, knowledge of historic and current racism, and skills necessary for white people to learn together. 

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30 Jun
Duende & The Word BIPOC Bookseller Award

Duende District, The Word Launch BIPOC Bookseller Award

All BIPOC who work in U.S. independent bookstores in any capacity are eligible to be nominated for the three categories: activism, innovation, and leadership.

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29 Jun

Binc Announces Seven Winners of 2020 Higher Education Scholarships

Six $3,500 scholarships were awarded to dependents of booksellers, and one $5,000 scholarship went to a current indie bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non‐traditional student.

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24 Jun

E-commerce Update: Sales Trend Downward After Rush for Antiracism Titles

The drop in the conversion rate as well as the simultaneous drop in traffic may indicate that another shift in consumer behavior is occurring.

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24 Jun

Virtual Children’s Institute to Feature ASL Interpretation

Handwriter Ink will be providing American Sign Language interpreting services for a number of events at Ci8, sponsored in part by Libro.fm.

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23 Jun
A display at R.J. Julia Booksellers

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Pride Online

From book lists and displays to virtual events and throwbacks to last year's Pride, here are some of the ways indie bookstores are celebrating this year.

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23 Jun
Children's Institute logo on laptop

Get on the Waitlist for the White Antiracist Allyship Workshop at Children’s Institute

This workshop focuses on the self-awareness, knowledge of historic and current racism, and skills necessary for white people to learn together. 

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