Advocacy

03 May

Macmillan CEO John Sargent on the Importance of Defending Free Speech

In his remarks at the April 25th PEN Literary Gala, PEN Publisher Honoree John Sargent spoke about the importance of defending free speech.

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26 Apr

ABFE Presents Angela Gui With T-Shirt Proceeds at PEN Gala

At Tuesday’s PEN Gala, ABFE director Chris Finan presented a check to Angela Gui, daughter of imprisoned Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai. The check included proceeds from the sale of a specially designed T-shirt.

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26 Apr

Audrey Eisman, Former ABFFE Coordinator, Dies

Audrey Eisman, the former coordinator of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, died on Sunday, April 23, following a long illness. She was 79.

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26 Apr

Ci5: Marley Dias on Her #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign

Twelve-year-old Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, a campaign to collect and distribute books featuring diverse characters to children, was a featured speaker at the 2017 Children’s Institute.

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26 Apr

Utah Tax Commission Releases Parts of Its Sales Tax Deal With Amazon

On April 14, the Utah Tax Commission released previously confidential details regarding its sales tax agreement with Amazon, which began collecting and remitting sales tax in the state on January 1.

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19 Apr

AAP to Honor Hong Kong Publisher Imprisoned in China

Attendees at the annual PEN America dinner on Tuesday, April 25, will pause to honor Gui Minhai, the Hong Kong publisher and bookseller who is being held without charge on the Chinese mainland.

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12 Apr

ALA Announces Top Ten Challenged Books in 2016

Books featuring LGBT characters occupied the first five positions on the American Library Association’s 2016 list of the books that were most frequently banned or challenged in schools or libraries.

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12 Apr

Bookstores Take on Social Issues

Brookline Booksmith, Sherman’s Books & Stationery, Square Books, and Northshire Bookstore are among the many bookstores actively engaging with their communities on social issues.

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04 Apr

Minimum Wage Roundup

Here is a look at recent reporting on minimum wage activity in Iowa, Maine, and Maryland.

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22 Mar

Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

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22 Mar

Bloomberg BNA: Amazon Close to Breaking Wal-Mart Record for Subsidies

Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report: State details how Amazon is on the verge of setting a record for garnering state and local tax subsidies.

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22 Mar

Victory! Amazon Will Collect and Remit Sales Tax in All States With Sales Tax Laws

After almost two decades of a hard-fought political battle to require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax in every state that collects sales tax, Main Street retailers can finally declare victory.

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17 Mar

Porter Square Books Aims to Help Community “Be the Change”

Following the 2016 election, Porter Square Books launched Be the Change, a civic engagement program that provides concerned citizens with a sense of community and tools for social and political change.

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15 Mar

Small Press Profile: The New Press

The New Press, a not-for-profit publisher of books with educational, cultural, and community value, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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13 Mar

Wi12 Education: ABFE Presents — Hot-Button Issues in Kids’ Books

At Winter Institute, a panel of booksellers and representatives from We Need Diverse Books discussed how to build a collection of diverse titles and how to respond to resistance from readers.

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