On September 1, ABA joined American publishers, authors, and librarians in a letter urging President Obama to protest the widespread suppression of free speech in Turkey during his meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in China.
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.
In his latest column on the history of the fight for free speech, ABFE Director Chris Finan looks at the case against a bookseller that finally led the Massachusetts legislature to change the state’s obscenity law.
Following a controversial proposal by Rutland, Vermont’s mayor to accept up to 100 Syrian refugees, Will Notte, senior bookseller at Phoenix Books Rutland and president of the city’s Board of Aldermen, created a book display to educate residents about the country and its people.
This week, the city councils of Minneapolis and Cleveland rejected minimum wage increase proposals; Colorado took a step towards putting a statewide minimum wage initiative on the November ballot; and Iowa’s Linn County supervisors are voting on whether to draft a minimum wage ordinance.
The sharp decline in the number of small, independent businesses in the U.S. is due, at least in part, to “anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations,” according to a report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined a protest against a Virginia school district’s decision to remove several books from its summer reading list after a parent complained that they are “pornographic.”
Daybreak Press Global Bookshop in Minneapolis provides a safe space where people from all walks of life can safely come together to share their passions, learn from one another, and engage with complex social issues.
Senate confirms Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress; NEA Big Read announces new focus; Christopher Myers to launch imprint with Random House Children’s Books; Carl Lennertz named Children’s Book Council executive director; Inaugural edition of Buzz Books: Romance released; AAP survey reveals book industry net revenue of $28 billion in 2015; Malaprop’s owner discusses post-H.B. 2 decline in business; Longlist for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize announced; PEN America introduces PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
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