Advocacy

02 Sep

ABA Urges President Obama to Protest Turkish Censorship

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.

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30 Aug

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.

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24 Aug

BTW News Briefs

George by Alex Gino receives NAIBA’s Carla Cohen Free Speech Award; 2016 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners announced; Marilynne Robinson wins 2016 Holbrooke Award

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24 Aug

Banned in Boston: The Sad Case of the Dunster House Bookshop

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.

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24 Aug

Phoenix Books Rutland Serves as Community Resource for Syrian Refugee Resettlement Plan

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.

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16 Aug

Minimum Wage Update

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.

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10 Aug

Binc Names Ann Patchett and James Patterson as Ambassadors

Authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson have been named the inaugural ambassadors for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation.
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10 Aug

Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2016 Banned Books Week display kit, distributed by American Booksellers for Free Expression.

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10 Aug

Report Finds Increased Antitrust Oversight Needed to Protect Small Business

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.

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10 Aug

ABFE Protests Virginia School Censorship

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.”

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26 Jul

Minimum Wage Roundup

Here’s a look at some of this week’s minimum wage stories making the news in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State.

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25 Jul

Guantánamo Diary Author Recommended for Release

A government review board has recommended that Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of Guantánamo Diary and an inmate of the U.S. prison in Cuba for 14 years, be released.

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20 Jul

Daybreak Press Global Bookshop Creates Hub for Community Dialogue

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.

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20 Jul

The Republican Party Platform and Small Businesses

On Monday, the Republican Party adopted a national platform that includes provisions relating to the role of small businesses in the American economy.

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13 Jul

BTW News Briefs

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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