Happy Holidays from GLIBA!
2022 has been an incredible year of new challenges, growth, and community. As we end this year's holiday season stores across our region have seen increased sales as they still cope with the pandemic and return to pre-pandemic levels of in-store activity. Many have seen online sales begin to level out while in-store sales increase. In addition, many stores in 2022 have worked tirelessly to elevate underrepresented voices and battle book bans. As a sign of hope for the future, GLIBA has seen tremendous growth in BIPOC owned and alternative model bookstores opening. As well, this year GLIBA events began meeting in person again and the sense of community and vitality in our region has been transformative. The energy and enthusiasm of new booksellers was met with the gratefulness and relief of veteran stores eager to be in each other's company again. That joyous, eager, thankful, and hopeful energy is something I will never forget. I am grateful to serve the bookstores of GLIBA and I can't wait to see you all in 2023.
- Larry Law, Executive Director of GLIBA
Publisher Submit Your Promotions!
We want to make it easier for you to get your promotions to GLIBA bookstores.
Please use the form below to share your promotions with GLIBA bookstores. All publisher promotions will be available at the link here.
On the first of each month all promotions will be deleted and a new form will be be emailed to our publishing partners. Thank you!
Main Street Books
426 Main Street
Lafayette, Indiana 47901
August 4th 3 - 9PM ET
Times available for buying 3-4:30; 4:30-6, 6-7:30, 7:30-9
August 5th 9AM - 3PM ET
9-10:30, 10:30-12 noon, 12 noon-1:30, 1:30-3PM
CALL TO RESERVE A TIME SLOT- FCFS
We will close the store to allow for exclusive purchasing time.
We have 7k+ titles available.
$.50 / book.
fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi series, non-fiction, picture books, young readers, young adults
We are seeking a Publicity Director to join our dedicated team of 14 collaborative thinkers. In addition to promoting the 30 new books we publish each year, the Publicity Director will develop innovative campaigns to elevate backlist titles and our two literary series, Seedbank and Multiverse, in the marketplace. Through expansive strategy and a deep knowledge of the literary landscape, the Publicity Director will build reputation and increase brand awareness through earned media and an awards strategy. Ideal candidates will have at least five years of experience working in book publicity and literary event planning, as well as management experience.
This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. Salary: $75-85K, depending on experience. This position is based in Minneapolis. We are not accepting remote applications. If you currently live outside of the Twin Cities, please indicate your interest in relocation.
Please submit a resume, three references, and a cover letter addressed to Katie Hill in one combined PDF via Submittable by Friday, June 3, 2022.
Full-TimeSimon & Schuster has been named to Forbes magazine list of “America’s Best Mid-Size Employers 2022.”
Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Adams Media, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories.
Simon & Schuster, Inc. is a global publishing company with prominent imprints, celebrated for publishing award-winning books for children and adults in multiple formats and categories.
We are looking for a Telesales Account Manager on the Independent Bookstore Team based in our New York office to sell our complete list—wholly-owned children’s, adult, audio, and distributed client titles—to an account base of 150 independent bookstores across the country. The telesales account manager is responsible for maximizing sales exposure for frontlist and backlist titles by performing analysis and using independent judgment to make recommendations on product selection and quantity to their accounts based on knowledge of both their customers and our titles.
For more information visit the S&S website
The Sly Fox on NPR
The Sly Fox is Virden's independent bookstore
George Rishel is the owner of the Sly Fox Bookstore in Virden, Ill. He spoke to Community Voices about the history of the building, which has been in his family for nearly a century. Originally, Rishel planned to sell children’s and mystery books in the store but has since expanded to offer many genres, including books by local authors. (Listen to interview here)
At the request of our membership and publishing partners we have made the GLIBA independent bookstore shirts available for purchase! Shirts ordered this week should arrive in time for Independent Bookstore Day. Each shirt consists of a map composed of the indie bookstores in that state!
All 2022 memberships and renewals will receive a free shirt. We are working with Bonfire to streamline the ordering process. When that process is complete member renewal forms will be sent out.
GLIBA is Going to Space
Over the past two years of the pandemic the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association has experienced unprecedented growth and record levels of financial support from its publishing partners. As we look to the future of GLIBA and the ways we can best support our community of booksellers and responsibly spend the money we have generated, there is only one logical answer. Space exploration. We are in the early stages of development of the first independent bookselling regional association space shuttle. Space Shuttle Dana is expected to take its maiden voyage in the summer of 2026.
Executive Director of GLIBA, Larry Law, has said, “I believe we all begin our bookselling career with the hopes that one day we will visit space."
The Great Lakes Independent Bookseller's Association will officially expand its territory to include Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and the Moon.
If you are interested in supporting GLIBA’s journey into space, you can purchase a shirt where 100% of the proceeds will contribute to GLIBA’s space adventure.
We estimate that we only need to sell 3,000,000,000 shirts to fully fund our expedition and found the first independent bookstore in space.
PURCHASE A SHIRT TODAY!
On April 1, Cynthia Compton will open MacArthur Books, a general-interest store focused on adult books, in Carmel, Ind. Located in a planned community within Carmel called the Village of WestClay, the store will encompass just under 2,000 square feet, and is located about two miles away from Compton's other bookstore, the children's-focused 4 Kids Books & Toys.
After owning and operating 4 Kids in Zionsville for 19 years, Compton said she's looking forward to branching out into genres, subjects and authors that "aren't always appropriate for kids." While many genres will be represented, the store will carry "a lot of fiction," with a particular emphasis on authors from Indiana and across the Midwest. There will also be a small number of book-focused sidelines catered to adult shoppers, but Compton said she has no desire to compete with the wide selection of toys and sidelines she carries at 4 Kids.
Compton said MacArthur Books has already participated in the Village of WestClay's winter carnival and will have its first author event on March 11, before the store officially opens. She'll host race car driver Al Unser Jr. for a discussion of his book A Checkered Past (written with Jade Gurss) at a meeting hall in the Village of WestClay. This summer there will be a series of events with mystery writers sponsored by Prime Crime, and she noted that many of her event plans will make use of public spaces in the Village of WestClay.
"The opportunity to host events in public spaces is a total gift to a bookseller," she remarked (read full article)
Books & Shelving Available
Jon Tornatta of Healthy Spaces purchased the space formerly occupied by Used Book Warehouse-Evansville in Evansville, IN. Jon has an inventory of 30,000 used books and shelves he is interested in getting rid of. Any and all offers will be considered.
If you are interested please contact:
Ask for Jon and tell him you heard about this from Larry at GLIBA.