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If you are a bookstore employee, you may contact the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation for assistance
If you are a bookstore employee, you may contact the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation for assistance with immediate needs when evacuating your home. After the emergency has passed the Foundation may also be able to help with needed repairs to make your home habitable and/or loss of income due to your bookstore’s’ storm related closure.
We encourage all people living in the area to keep apprised of the situation by monitoring the following sites.
Recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect yourself and your family will help you take effective steps to prepare beforehand and aid recovery after the event. Some of the things you can do to prepare are to assemble a supply kit and develop a family emergency plan. We encourage everyone living in the designated area to heed all mandatory evacuation orders to remain safe.
I appeal to you on behalf of the South’s long-standing, home-grown businesses, particularly independent bookstores.
Many thousands of businesses have collected and dispersed sales tax and other taxes back to the government diligently and without any special consideration, some for 25, 50 or 100 years. These are our families and friends, folks who are here because it is their home, not because they need any incentive to work here, live here, or raise their families here, and they pay their full due on every level. They are not looking for any special breaks or considerations. They just want to be able to support their families and their friends. Seeing you side with the bully rather than exercise your power to fight the bully was quite disheartening.
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.
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
We’ve moved. Please note our new address, phone and fax:
For Immediate Release, August 8, 2011
Contact: Diane Blanco
Tour of England to Include the American Queen
Since Prince William slipped that stunning ring of Diana’s on the delicate
left hand of darling Kate, America has paid rapt attention to their every
breath. Their royal fairy tale wedding only revved up our interest.
Headlines scream, “Kate wears same jeans three times on trip” or “Kate buys
her own groceries and cleans her own house!” We remain atwitter at their
every move. I suppose it is refreshing that this royal couple is displaying
the first signs of normalcy since…surely one of them was once normal. I just
can’t bring them to mind.
Isn’t it time that we showed the English our royalty? I am not referring to
Beyoncé and Usher, although they are a lovely couple. I am speaking of the
Queen, herself, the Pulpwood Queen, that is, the woman who brought her love
of books to the people in the strangest of places, a beauty shop. And that
is where the legend began.
Kathy L. Patrick was a born book lover who parlayed that love into a career
as a publisher’s representative in California. Hard economic times cost her
a career that she loved. Never without internal resources, Kathy embraced
her second love, turning limp, lifeless hair into a masterpiece, a “crowning
glory” for all she touched.
Unable to give up her love of books and her desire to spread that love, she
opened the world’s only Beauty Shop/Bookstore, Beauty and the Book, in the
tiny kingdom of Jefferson, Texas.
Build a better mousetrap or taller beehive and the world will beat a path to
your door. Not only did clients come to have their hair done, her friends
from the publishing industry soon took notice and Beauty and the Book became
a regular stop on author’s book tours.
Kathy found her love of books was contagious and what began as one book club
multiplied and divided until they numbered over 500 across the U.S. and 12
Kathy opened Beauty and the Book on January 18, 2000 , an event covered by
Oxford American Magazine. “That article, entitled, “Hairdresser to the
Authors”, literally put me on the map. Authors have been coming in droves
ever since and so has the media. To me it is just combining my two passions
in life, beauty and books. Since John Grisham was the magazine editor at the
time, I have a shrine to him in my shop.”
She is now undeniably the Pulpwood Queen of America and her subjects turn to
her every month for reading guidance and introductions to emerging new
authors. Once a year, in what is definitely the coldest month of the year in
Jefferson, Texas, she holds her Annual Girlfriend Weekend, where club
members and more than 50 well-known authors come for a love-fest of reading,
giddiness and more than just a few tiaras.
The weekend is filled with author panels, book signings and fun events where
authors serve meals or stage a humorous production, which may or may not
involve some cross-dressing. While it is all fun, the highlight of the
weekend must be the Great Big Ball of Hair Ball, where costumes and over the
top hair are de rigger. This year’s theme is The Circus—“The Greatest Book
Show on Earth”, as if it wasn’t already wild enough. Someone will most
likely arrive riding a pony. The pony may or may not be wearing a tiara.
Kathy has been seen on TV screens across the country on shows such as Oprah,
The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Now it is time to show England
what we’ve got. Kathy will travel across the pond to England on December 6
as the featured guest on the Stately English Homes at Christmas Tour,
sponsored by Kingwood Travel and LipstickDigest.com.
The tour departs Houston on Dec. 6 for London and includes visits to the
historic Peak District and Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth
House and Shugborough Hall, concluding with 2 additional days in London for
sightseeing and shopping. The cost of the tour, from Houston, is $2450, per
person, double occupancy, which includes roundtrip airfare on Continental, 6
breakfasts, 2 lunches a 3-course dinner, the services of a professional
Trafalgar guide, deluxe motor coach and all transfers. The tour returns
This is the perfect opportunity for women who love books and, of course,
traveling with royalty to also experience the beauty of historic English
homes decked out for the holidays. It is also time for the English to take
notice that in America, a woman with a good book, a strong will and a tiara,
can be a queen.
For more information about joining the Stately English Homes at Christmas
Tour or discovering your own inner Pulpwood Queen, visit
www.LipstickDigest.com or email diane@LipstickDigest.com. Visit The Queen’s
website at www.BeautyandtheBook.com. Her best-selling book, The Pulpwood
Queen’s Guide to Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Life, is available in
bookstores and online.
An Open Letter to Governor Haley
Honorable Governor Haley,
We met in the lobby of the state house in February and had a short but critical discussion concerning Amazon. (You were wearing some fierce high heels.)
I appeal to you on behalf of South Carolina’s long-standing, home-grown businesses.
Thousands of businesses have collected and dispersed sales tax back to the government diligently and without any special consideration, some for 25, 50 or 100 years. These are our families and friends, folks who are here in South Carolina because it is their home, not because they need any incentive to work here, live here, or raise their families here, and they pay their full due of taxes on every level.
The sales tax break for Amazon is such an injustice and an insult to those who have spent their lives building business in South Carolina for the benefit of all of her citizens. Please exercise your power to fight this bully.