Advocacy

11 Jul
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the week of July 11, 2024.

 

 

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05 Jul
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: The Bottom (Annastasia Williams)

Annastasia Williams is the Bookstore Director for The Bookshop at the Bottom in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

 

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26 Jun

ABA Welcomes Order Rejecting Proposed Visa/Mastercard Swipe Fee Settlement

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) praised an order issued today by a federal judge that rejected a proposed class-action settlement over Visa and Mastercard credit card “swipe” fees.

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26 Jun

ABA Voices Opposition to Bill That Would Delay Debit Swipe Fee Reduction

In June 24, as a member of the Merchants Payments Coalition, the American Booksellers Association joined more than 200 state and national organizations representing consumers and merchants in calling on the Senate to reject S. 4570 — a bill that would delay the Federal Reserve’s proposal to reduce how much big banks are allowed to charge to process debit card transactions.

 

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25 Jun
Indies Take The Gold July 16-17, 2024

"Indies Take The Gold" Campaign To Counter Prime Days

“Indies Take The Gold” is an engaging marketing campaign designed to celebrate the spirit of community and excellence of independent bookstores during the Summer Olympics. 

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11 Jun

League of Women Voters and American Booksellers Association Partner to Get Out the Vote through Independent Bookstores

Today, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and League of Women Voters (LWV) announced a new partnership to educate and empower voters in 2024. The collaboration is part of ABA’s member and community campaign, “Get Out the VOTE,” which aims to equip independent bookstores to engage with voters. 

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10 May
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Authors Against Book Bans (Maggie Tokuda-Hall)

Maggie Tokuda-Hall is an acclaimed author of children's and YA books such as The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea and The Worst Ronin. She is also a founding member and on the national leadership team of Authors Against Book Bans.

 

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08 May
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the weeks of May 1st and May 8th, 2024.

 

 

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08 May
LIG Solutions video graphic

Spring 2024 Health and Wellness Resources for Booksellers

The American Booksellers Association’s health coverage partner LIG Solutions wants booksellers to stay healthy in 2024. Read on for resources that are meant to help expand your health and wellness awareness and increase your knowledge about new health insurance solutions/legislation.

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03 May
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Tara Lipsyncki, Mosaics Community Bookstore and Venue

Tara Lipsyncki (they/them) is a drag performer, owner of Mosaics Community Bookstore and Venue in Provo, Utah, and director of the United Drag Alliance nonprofit. In April 2024, they received a bomb threat to their store in response to their Drag Story Hour programming, the most recent of many threats they’ve received and part of a major uptick in threatening content.

 

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01 May
ABFE

ABA Files Motion to Intervene in the FTC's Suit Against Amazon

On the eve of Independent Bookstore Day, ABA filed a motion to intervene in the FTC's complaint against Amazon, seeking to bolster their case for monopolistic behavior and ensure independent bookstores are represented in the case. 

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25 Apr
ABFE

ABFE and Allies File Amicus Brief Opposing Iowa Book Bans

ABFE and a coalition of allied organizations have filed an amicus brief in the Eight Circuit Appellate Court in support of two lawsuits challenging Iowa's book ban law on constitutional grounds: PRH et al. v. Robbins and GLBT Youth et al. v. Reynolds.

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19 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday x Independent Bookstore Day: Lauren Groff's The Lynx

 Lauren Groff is the author of The Vaster Wilds, Matrix, Florida, and others. She is also the owner of the indie bookstore The Lynx, which will have its grand opening in Gainesville, Florida, on April 28 (but will be open on April 27 for Independent Bookstore Day). Earlier this week, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2024.

 

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12 Apr
ABFE

Free Expression Friday: Texas Freedom to Read Project (Laney Hawes)

Laney Hawes is a Texas parent and a co-founder of the Texas Freedom to Read Project.

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10 Apr
ABFE

This Week in Book Challenges

Here is an update on the latest book challenges for the weeks of April 3, 2024 and April 10, 2024.

 

 

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