Earlene Scott has always loved books.
She is such a voracious reader that by the mid 1970s, she had already read all the books that interested her at Newnan’s Carnegie Library and had to start purchasing new reading material.
At the time, bookstores were few and far between. In fact, the closest one wasn’t really a bookstore at all — it was the book section at Rich’s in downtown Atlanta.
Announcing Camp Square Books, May 21 – 24, 2013
Why should kids have all the fun? “Camp Square Books” will kick off in late spring when four notable authors appear in the Oxford, Mississippi bookstore on four consecutive days, beginning Tuesday, May 21, with Bill Cheng and his remarkable first novel, Southern Cross the Dog, which is drawing early comparisons to the works of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor as an epic literary debut.
Square Books staff members have organized additional events throughout the four day period featuring Oxford writers and educators to create an itinerary of local literary sightseeing, picnics, lectures, hikes, a bus trip to Taylor Grocery and Billy Ray’s Farm, and ample opportunities for participants to rest, read, and regroup at a local bar where they will meet fellow booklovers and, what else, a few writers. Those who register for Camp Square Books will be able to attend all activities, receive signed copies of all four books, and have reserved seating at all events.
Wednesday, May 22, three-time National Book Award Finalist and the bestselling author of 12 critically acclaimed novels, Gail Godwin, will take center stage. Described by John Irving “as a present-day George Eliot,” (and by Richard Howorth as “every bit Peter Taylor’s peer”), Godwin will read from her splendid new novel, Flora – an evening not to be missed. That morning there will be a talk on Southern women writers, and at dinner there will be a chance to hear from Godwin’s editor, Nancy Miller.
Thursday, laugh-out-loud storyteller, banjo-picker and raconteur Clyde Edgerton will present his new book of nonfiction, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers, in which he shares his wisdom gained from three decades of fatherhood with other dads, young and old alike. Finally, a Civil War historian will talk Friday morning at the L. Q. C. Lamar House preceding the brown bag lunch appearance of Jeff Shaara, who will conclude activities with his novel about the siege of Vicksburg, Chain of Thunder.
Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation to offer up to $100,000 in higher education scholarships to Bookstore employees
Ann Arbor, MI (February 18th, 2013) – The Binc Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from February 18th, 2013 through April 18th, 2013 for the Binc Foundation Scholarship program. The program will offer up to 35 higher education awards totaling $100,000 to eligible bookstore employees, bookstore owners, former Borders employees and dependents of bookstore employees, owners and former Borders employees.
Since 2001, the Foundation has supported the educational goals of almost 500 recipients with over 1.1 million dollars in awards. Now in the twelfth year, the focus on making a positive impact in the lives of bookstore employees and their families extends to all current employees and owners of retail bookstores in the U.S., or their dependents who have a minimum of one year of continuous employment at the bookstore. The bookstore must have a bricks and mortar presence in the U.S. and have a substantial portion of the store’s revenue coming from the sale of books. Eligible employees must be employed directly by the bookstore.
The 2013 program will be conducted by Scholarship Management Services (SMS). The evaluation process will utilize selection criteria including financial need, prior academic success, leadership capabilities, participation in school and community activities, work experience and a statement of career aspiration. If you are interested in applying we encourage you to apply at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/binc/.
About Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, as the Borders Group Foundation the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $5 million in charitable assistance.
In 2011, when Borders and Waldenbooks stores closed, the Foundation reinvented itself and expanded its mission. The Foundation increased the reach from former Borders employees and their families to all employees in the book industry, starting with book retailers.
Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come primarily from booksellers. Additional information can be found at www.bincfoundation.org.
WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR
2013 WNBA PANNELL AWARD
Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling. Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.
Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore. The store nominations come from customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore. This year’s nominees are:
General Bookstore Children’s Specialty Store
Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA
Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT 4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN
Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA
Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY
Main Street Books, Davidson, NC Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA
Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC
The nominated store puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.
The Pannell Award jurors for 2013 are:
Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books
Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda, an imprint of the Lerner Publishing Group
Lisa von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota
Emma D. Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, Dryden Books
Kelli Chipponeri, executive editor/children’s, Chronicle Books
The jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator. The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.
—————————————————————————————————————————————– Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award. Founded in 1917, WNBA is a national organization of women and men who promote the value to the written word by championing the role of women in the book community and by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the written word.
As a member of SIBA, we would like to extend to you a special offer to join ABA for $50 for your first year. Founded in 1900, the ABA is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its members through education, business products and services, marketing and advocacy.
Now more than ever, whether a new or used bookstore, it is important for indie bookstores to be part of a larger network. And while the economy is still difficult, and the industry ever-changing, we are confident that indies have a profitable future ahead.
ABA membership includes:
- Education and networking, where you can expand your knowledge of the industry through web-based curriculum guides as well as programs like the annual Winter Institute;
- The Book Buyers Handbook, a fully-searchable database directory of up-to-date information on publisher’s contact information, current promotions and special offers;
- IndieBound D.I.Y, with over 100 design files that can be used for in-store and online marketing, all inspired by local first and independent business advocacy;
- Online Bookseller forums, where you can communicate with other indies all over the country and post questions and comments;
For a full list of ABA membership benefits, please visit this page.
According to SIBA executive director Wanda Jewell, this is an offer that no bookseller should pass up: “The American Booksellers Association offers SIBA members so many programs & opportunities from the robust IndieCommerce website solution and ebook partnership with Kobo to the invaluable ABACUS Survey and a bounty of marketing resources not to mention the extensive advocacy that the ABA offers to the industry as a whole. This is the best deal around. Join today for only $50 and check it out.”
This offer expires on May 15, 2013, so join today using the promo code regional13.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Member Relationship Manager
American Booksellers Association
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Here is the library bound bestseller list for January and comments from Richard Buthod of Turtleback Books. The more stores and organizations that use this, the more forceful the reminder to schools and libraries that bookstores are part of their success.
Shock of shocks! We have a new number one! Once again one or two huge sales of a title can skew rankings when we are dealing with orders destined for large school systems. Mockingbirds, Gatsby’s, and Shakespeare’s will never go away.
This month we see a return to predictable school titles. The picture books that remain strong are similarly predictable. As you go farther down the list you will find steady sellers for the last fifty years (Mouse Tales, Bread and Jam for Frances, Angus and the Ducks) sprinkled throughout. A mild surprise for me are fairly contemporary titles, hardly classics, that have enduring demand (Into Thin Air, Ender’s Game, Stephen King titles). New titles in current popular series are also strong for us. I am also seeing slippage in 50 Shades of Gray, a phenomenon we knew would end, just not when. It is far from dead, but watch out.
LIBRARY BOUND BESTSELLER LIST January 2013
TITLE AUTHOR ISBN LIST PRICE
Word-For-Word English-Spanish Harper Collins, Eds. 9780606071444 $17.20
To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper 9780881030525 $18.40
The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott 9781417656639 $26.95
Everyone Poops Gomi, Taro 9780613685726 $18.40
The Pillars Of The Earth Follett, Ken 9781417671687 $18.40
The Story Of Ferdinand Leaf, Munro 9780613301442 $13.55
Atlas Shrugged Rand, Ayn 9780613357661 $20.85
The Catcher In The Rye Salinger, J. D. 9780808514039 $17.20
Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott 9780613824224 $16.00
Big Nate Makes The Grade Peirce, Lincoln 9780606263085 $20.85
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Holland, Jennifer 9780606235037 $25.70
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Wood, Audrey 9780833598813 $18.40
Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare, William 9781417663989 $16.00
House Of Leaves Danielewski, Mark Z. 9781417709045 $34.25
From Dawn To Decadence Barzun, Jacques 9780613708500 $37.90
Starship Troopers Heinlein, Robert A. 9780785787280 $20.85
To Say Nothing Of The Dog, Or, Willis, Connie 9780613152426 $18.40
Fifty Shades Of Grey James, E. L. 9780606259095 $28.10
Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book Of Animals Emberley, Ed 9781417734023 $17.20
Stories From The Animal Kingdom
Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear
How We Found The Bishop’s
Bird Stump At Last
This library-bound best seller list is compiled by Turtleback Books from sales within the month of December to independent and chain retailers, wholesalers, internet sites, and commission rep groups serving schools and libraries. For our catalog of 8,000 library-bound titles, visit Turtleback.com.