Steve Bercu of Austin’s BookPeople delivered the keynote speech at the Booksellers New Zealand annual conference earlier this month, where he talked about why bookstores in the U.S. are thriving despite the challenges they face.
At the ABC Children’s Institute, Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez inspired booksellers with the story of her transformation from a poor student and reluctant reader to a prolific novelist and humanitarian.
Binc Foundation names new development director; Amazon to open third brick-and-mortar bookstore; Patricia Hespanha appointed executive director of HarperCollins Brasil; Scholastic to publish new edition of Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts; Fodor’s Travel sold to Internet Brands
Kibbitznest’s Books, Brews & Blarney to open in Chicago; Taos Book Gallery celebrates grand opening in New Mexico; Christopher’s Books marks 25 years; Radical Bookselling to document life of Moe’s Books founder
Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, talks about her early experiences with books and reading, how she became a bookseller, what she hopes to accomplish as a new ABA Board member, and more.
ASTRA honors Steven Aarons of Barston’s Child’s Play; Books & Books pops up in Wynwood, Florida; Eagle Harbor Book Company changes hands; Auntie’s Bookstore ownership update; Sandi Torkildson of A Room of One’s Own to retire; Novel Books celebrates five years
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.