Beth Golay

Bleaker House Twitter Story Sweepstakes

Portable Network Graphics image-A8CBACE3281B-1Doubleday and Graywolf recently introduced a ‘Bleaker House Twitter Story Sweepstakes.’

Participants are invited to submit a #bleaker Twitter story—a story contained within the 140 characters of a tweet, including the hashtag #bleaker—to be entered in the sweepstakes. The winner receives a copy of Bleaker House, as well as books on writing fiction and memoir from Graywolf Press’s Art of series, and a writer’s journaling set from russell + hazel. The sweepstakes runs through Friday, March 17th.

The winner will be chosen randomly and will be contacted via Twitter direct message. To find out more about the sweepstakes, including Penguin Random House’s terms of use and privacy policy, click here.

StoryCorps: Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Last July, Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her daughter, Paris Rosenthal, recorded a StoryCorps segment together in Chicago. Today, StoryCorps released the audio as a podcast extra, Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal, which you can listen to below.

If you’d like to share it with Amy’s fans from your store, here’s the embed code:

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It’s ‘Daylight Time’ Again

If you live in an area that observes Daylight Saving Time, you’ll want to remember to move an hour ahead this Sunday at 2:00 a.m. This changing of the clock provides a semi-annual reminder to do all of the little things we do when we ‘spring’ forward. Use your 300 marketing seconds to check the batteries in smoke detectors, check your fire extinguishers to be sure they’re serviced and ready, and check the batteries in your emergency flashlights as well.

In Kansas, we had a statewide tornado drill earlier this week. And we just had the largest wild fire in our state’s history. Aaaaand we’ve grown accustomed to earthquakes. (Bring on the locusts?) Whatever your potential emergency might be, it’s not a bad idea to go over ‘drills’ with your staff. Do they know where to find the fire extinguishers and emergency flashlights? Do they know what to do in weather emergencies? Are they supposed to lock the doors and take the cash to the basement? Do they know what to do if there are customers in the store?

Fire, tornado, flood, earthquake, hurricane… there are so many things that can happen beyond our control. Take a little time to ensure you and your staff are prepared.

Sign Up for a Summer Brain Quest Party

Sign Up for a Summer Brain Quest Party

Workman Publishing is inviting booksellers to sign up to host a Summer Brain Quest kick-off party. Summer Brain Quest is a summer workbook program from Brain Quest designed to stop the summer slide.

The ‘official’ kick-off party day is Saturday, June 10, but stores may choose the best day to host their parties. To register to host an official kick-off party in your store, complete an online form here. As a registered participant, Workman will work with your team to create the event designed for ages 5 and up, providing materials, ideas for display, gift bags, and more.

Windows and Mirrors Project Nominations

New England booksellers, publishers and publisher representatives are encouraged to nominate titles for the 2017 NECBA (New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council ) Windows and Mirrors Project, an annual list of new children’s and young adult titles that feature diversity.

Committee member Zazu Galdos from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, MA, says nominations will be accepted through this online form through June 30. Submissions, which may include paperbacks, should be children’s books published in 2017 that exemplify diverse viewpoints, experiences, and identities.

According to the form:

Following We Need Diverse Books, we use this definition of diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

* We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

From the nominations, the NECBA Windows & Mirrors committee will select 6-10 books for the short list. NECBA selected short and long lists will be announced during the 2017 NEIBA Fall Conference.