ABA Nominating Committee Opens Call for Board Candidates

    ABA’s Nominating Committee begins its search today for qualified candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2017. Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate; self-nominations are acceptable.

    Ingram’s Banned Books Week Promotion Begins

    This year’s Banned Books Week promotion from Ingram features an additional discount on more than 450 banned or challenged titles plus a Banned Books Week banner while supplies last.

    ABC Best Books Titles Revealed: Catalog Order Deadline Extended

    Here are the 230 titles featured in the 2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog. The deadline for catalog orders has been extended until September 9.

    ABC Children’s Institute 2017: Dates and Location Announced

    The American Booksellers Association today revealed the dates and location for its fifth ABC Children’s Institute.

    An Indie Next List Drawing for First-Time Blurbers

    As part of its ongoing Indie Next List Years of Discovery Campaign, ABA is offering members who have never submitted a blurb to the Indie Next Lists a chance to win two free hotel nights at BookExpo America 2017.

    The September ’16 Now in Paperback/Revisit & Rediscover Flier, Shelf-Talkers

    Downloadable fliers and shelf-talkers are now available to promote the September Indie Next List’s Next Great Reads, Now in Paperback titles, and Revisit & Rediscover backlist favorites.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Margot Harrison

    Margot Harrison is the author of the Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce debut The Killer in Me, which Valerie Koehler of Blue Willow Bookshop called a “must-read thriller for teens.”

    Facebook Rolls Out New Look for Business Pages

    Booksellers should take a moment to review their store’s Facebook page as the social media site continues to transition business pages to a new layout that puts greater emphasis on the cover photo and Call-to-Action button.

    New Law Would Require California Businesses to Offer Retirement Plan to Employees

    A California bill that is expected to be signed into law will require private-sector companies with five or more employees either to offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan or to automatically enroll their employees in a new state-run Secure Choice retirement plan.

    Minneapolis Co-op Brings Community Stakeholders Together to Improve Neighborhood

    The NorthEast Investment Cooperative in Minneapolis demonstrates how neighbors can work together to encourage investment in the community, helping increase economic activity in the area so small businesses can thrive.

    Nick Setka Remembered by Book Passage Colleagues

    Longtime bookseller Nick Setka died on Friday, August 26, of cancer. He was a manager at Book Passage in Corte Madera and San Francisco, California.

    Bookstore Preps for October Opening in Bend, Oregon

    Roundabout Books, a new general-interest bookstore opening this October in Bend, Oregon, will feature a sizeable children’s section and a café serving local beer, coffee, and snacks.

    The Furry Faces of Bookselling: Bookstore Pets

    With bookstore companions ranging from cuddly cats and friendly dogs to guinea pigs, birds, and potbellied pigs, indie booksellers around the country foster a sense of warmth and community in their stores while also setting themselves apart.

    Around Indies

    Narberth Bookshop to open in Pennsylvania; Dolphin Bookshop celebrates 70th anniversary; Small World Books marks 40 years in Venice; Branches Books & Gifts relocates; A Great Good Place launches membership program

    BTW News Briefs

    Thirty prospective and existing booksellers attend Paz workshop; Amazon to open bookstore in Chicago; German publishers, booksellers join petition for free expression in Turkey; Penguin Random House introduces Subway Reads; Globe Pequot launches Lone Star Books; Pen Center USA announces award winners; Wendell Berry to receive Voice of the Heartland Award; Thurber Prize finalists, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award winners announced