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13 Jul

BookPeople’s Steve Bercu Delivers Keynote at Booksellers New Zealand Conference

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.

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12 Jul

An Amazing Grace: Julia Alvarez on Becoming a Writer

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.

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06 Jul

“I Don’t Want to Grow Up”: Dave Barry on Writing for Children

Award-winning journalist and bestselling humor author Dave Barry kept booksellers laughing at last month’s ABC Children’s Institute with his keynote speech about the fun of writing for children.

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29 Jun

BTW News Briefs

Darrin Pratt to lead Association of American University Presses; Sara Nelson to join HarperCollins; Barnes & Noble launches self-publishing platform

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29 Jun

At Ci4, Kate DiCamillo Discusses Power of Stories to Connect

Two-time Newbery Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo moved booksellers to tears at the Children’s Institute with her opening keynote “Owning the Power of Stories, Harnessing the Power of Connection.”

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28 Jun

Brazos Bookstore’s Marketing Manager Publishes Debut Novel

Benjamin Rybeck, the marketing manager at Brazos Bookstore, is the author of The Sadness, a debut novel about failure, film, complicated family ties, and the pitfalls of romantic obsession.

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22 Jun

BTW News Briefs

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 

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22 Jun

Tattered Cover’s Vlahos Delivers Optimistic Message at Australian Booksellers Association Conference

Tattered Cover co-owner Len Vlahos shared his confidence in the future of independent bookselling in an opening keynote at last month’s Australian Booksellers Association Annual Conference.

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21 Jun

Author Ben H. Winters on Underground Airlines, July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters imagines a present-day America in which the Civil War never happened and slavery is still practiced in four Southern states.

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16 Jun

Face Out: ABA Board Member Chris Morrow on His Life Among Books

Northshire Bookstore co-owner Chris Morrow, who joined the ABA Board this past May, talks about his earliest experiences with books and reading, his goals as a new Board member, and more.

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15 Jun

Around Indies

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

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13 Jun

Face Out: ABA Board Member Kris Kleindienst on Her Life Among Books

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.

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08 Jun

Around Indies

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

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07 Jun

What’s in a Name?: Tombolo Books

Alsace Walentine explains why, after much consideration, she chose a name with strong symbolic meaning for the bookstore she plans to open in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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03 Jun

As The Bookloft Changes Hands, Eric Wilska Reflects on Keys to Its Success

Eric Wilska looks back at his 42 years at the helm of The Bookloft as he and his wife, Ev, turn the Great Barrington, Massachusetts, mainstay over to new owner Pamela Pescosolido.

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