The Binc Foundation was initially started by the Borders Group, to assist booksellers with emergency grants and funding for education. With the folding of Borders, Binc is continuing its work in aiding the bookselling community. We'll be sharing more about this organization in the future, but you should be aware that the scholarship drive has just begun.
The Binc Foundation 2013 Higher Education Scholarship Program is open and accepting online applications from bookstore employees, owners & their dependents. You can check out the blog about the program.
Managers and owners, here is a printable poster that you can post in your backroom or break area.
The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) membership year runs through December 31 of each year. Dues must be paid by February 1 (EXTENDED THIS YEAR UNTIL MARCH 15TH) to be included in the SCIBA Guide to Independent Bookstores. Membership is open to retail bookstores, as well as to book publishers, distributors, sales reps, vendors, prospective booksellers, and others in the bookselling community.Read More
SCIBA's Children's Books & Literacy Dinner
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Westin Pasadena Hotel
Shannon Hale to emcee the 2013 Children's Books & Literacy Dinner! SCIBA so enjoyed Shannon at our 2011 dinner with her husband Dean, that we invited her back and she said yes.
Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy. Its sequel, Palace of Stone, released August 2012. She also wrote Austenland and other books for adults. She co-wrote the hit graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 2013 Children's Books & Literacy Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 16 at the Westin Pasadena Hotel. This dinner is a wonderful opportunity for you to thank your teachers and librarians for their patronage of your store and to meet other educators as well. No other store can offer such an opportunity! You are providing educators the opportunity to find the best books and authors to share with their students. The best part of all is creating stronger ties between independent bookstores and teachers / librarians. The past six years have seen this dinner double in size to 162 attendees last year to an expected 200+ this year. Attendees are booksellers, teachers, librarians, authors and of course reps / publishers.
In the third book of this series, an origami Wookiee arrives to provide all the answers the McQuarrie Middle School students need. Tom Angleberger has written another amazingly funny read that captures the quirks and drama of middle school.
Polar Bear Morning is a natural to follow Polar Bear Night. The new book features pure, simple linocut illustrations, with crisp blues in early dawn and bright polar sunshine.
Just Added! Ruta Sepetys
In 2011, author Ruta Sepetys published her debut novel, BetweenShades of Gray, a poignant account of Joseph Stalin's ethnic cleansing in the Baltic countries during WWII as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl. Between Shades of Gray went on to become an international bestseller and one of the most acclaimed novels of the year, landing on numerous Best Book of the Year lists, including those from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Publishers Weekly. With prose "restrained and powerful" (The Washington Post), Ruta Sepetys' "heart-wrenching" (The Los Angeles Times), "engrossing and poignant" (The Associated Press) novel went on to garner the IndiesChoice Best Young Adult Book of the Year.
Named one of Bookspan's top thirteen new books of 2013, Out of the Easy is a rich and poignant historical coming-of-age novel that firmly establishes Ruta as one of today's most talented writers. www.outoftheeasy.com