Headlines for the week of October 19, 2016

    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local Extended to March 20

    The preregistration period for this July’s sixth annual celebration of Find Waldo Local has been extended to Monday, March 20.

    ABA and Reed Exhibitions Announce Changes to Annual Trade Show

    On Tuesday, Reed Exhibitions and ABA sent a letter to member booksellers detailing changes to the annual spring book industry trade show that are aimed at improving the event for the entire industry.

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    ABA Board Nomination Deadline October 24

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    Nominations of qualified candidates for the ABA Board of Directors must be submitted to the Nominating Committee via a form on BookWeb.org no later than midnight EDT on October 24.

    HarperCollins Holiday Express Program Begins October 31


    Independent booksellers in the U.S. can take advantage of the HarperCollins 2016 Holiday Express Shipping Program from Monday, October 31, through Friday, January 13, 2017.

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    Don’t Go Unnoticed: Add Your Events to the Indies First Map

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    As Indies First on Small Business Saturday approaches, booksellers are urged to enter their stores’ event details into the Indies First Activity Registry so their plans garner nationwide attention.

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    Alice Hoffman on Faithful, November’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

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    Here, bestselling author Alice Hoffman talks about balancing heartbreak and hope in her new novel, Faithful, as well as the theme of survival and its new significance in her life.

    Two Favorite Children’s Book Events to Return Next May

    ABA and CBC have announced plans to bring back the silent auction to benefit the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader, featuring the Children’s and Teen Book Awards.

    Three San Francisco Bookstores Awarded Legacy Business Status

    The Booksmith, Green Apple Books, and Dog Eared Books have been granted Legacy Business status as part of a program addressing San Francisco’s challenging real estate market.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Catherine Leroux

    Catherine Leroux is the author of the Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce debut The Party Wall, which Valerie Welbourn of Novels & Novelties Bookstore said is the best book she’s read in a long time.

    Obituary: Bob Minzesheimer, Former USA Today Book Critic

    Bob Minzesheimer, the former book critic for USA Today and a friend to indie booksellers, died on October 15 of brain cancer. He was 66.

    IndieCommerce: The Latest News & Tips

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    The October 19 edition of the IndieCommunication newsletter features marketing suggestions, news about a change to ACH money transfers, and more.

    Small Press Profile: Relegation Books

    Relegation Books, an up-and-coming publishing house in Falls Church, Virginia, publishes literary fiction “of fine vintage,” including the November Indie Next List title The Loved Ones by Sonya Chung.

    Free Print/Digital Subscription to Publishers Weekly for ABA Bookseller Members

    Publishers Weekly continues to offer ABA member booksellers a free one-year subscription to 51 print and digital issues, special editions, and access to online premium content.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in August

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    Retail sales at bookstores were up by 2 percent in August 2016 compared to August 2015, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    Antigone Books on the market; Seminary Co-op’s history documented in new book; Phoenix Books distributes free copies of the U.S. Constitution; Vroman’s to honor author Michael Connelly

    BTW News Briefs

    Nominations open for 2016 Indie Awards; PEN America’s new report addresses free speech on college campuses; Above the Treeline receives investment; Literary Landmark nominations sought for Children’s Book Week; Grateful American Book Prize awarded to Chris Stevenson; Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature

    The Indie Mystery & Thriller Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending October 9, 2016.

    NCIBA Show to Offer ABACUS Education Session & IndieCommerce One-on-Ones

    Booksellers at the NCIBA Fall Discovery Show are invited to visit the ABA booth, take part in an ABACUS education session, and meet one-on-one with a member of the IndieCommerce team.

    July–September 2016: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

    The third quarter of 2016 saw 16 ABA member store openings and three sales of existing businesses to new owners.

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    Booksellers participating in Indies First on Small Business Saturday (November 26) are encouraged to add their store's event details to the Indies First Activity Registry so they appear on the national map on IndieBound.org.