On Friday August 3rd the GLIBA and ArtBar hosted an evening of authors, booksellers, publishers, artists and literary themed art at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL. Thank you so much to everyone that attended. We kicked off the evening with author readings while a literary themed art show exhibited throughout the night. A huge thank you to Melanie Benjamin, Peter Coviello, Jessica Hopper, Siobhan Thompson and Sung Yim. As well, thank you to University of Texas Press, Penguin Random House, Delacorte Press, Featherproof Books, Perfect Day Publishing and Ghost City Press. It was a wonderful night and we will have more events like this soon!
I had a wonderful time visiting Robin and Forever Books in St. Joseph, MI. Such beautiful store. You feel like you are on vacation walking up and down the aisles of books. One of the many highlights was bookstore puppy, Poppy! My duties as your Executive Director of GLIBA include taking your cute animals for walks when the store gets busy. - Larry
312 State St, St Joseph, MI 49085
I visited the beautiful This is a bookstore & Bookbug in Kalamazoo, MI. Both stores overflow with warmth, personality, impeccable design, knowledgeable staff & most importantly well curated books. Did I mention they serve beer from local Michigan breweries?? Joanna & Derek are killing it! VISIT THIS BOOKSTORE! - Larry
This is a Bookstore & BookBug
3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Visited the fantastic Lowry's Books and More in Three Rivers, MI. Picked up some art supplies & a book about Native Americans. The phrase, “You could get lost in there” applies here. I know this because I literally got lost in their twice. It was wonderful. - Larry
Lowry's Books & More
22 N Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093
Had a wonderful time at the pre-publication party for Nina Barrett's absolutely stunning book The Leopold and Loeb Files. Party complete with prohibition era drinks, finger foods and a stunning view of the Chicago Sunset. If you haven't seen this book in person you need to. It is gorgeous.
More on the book: "In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources--confessions, interrogation transcripts, psychological reports, and more--the kind of rare, pre-computer court documents that were usually destroyed as a matter of course. Until now, these documents have not been part of the murder's central narrative. This first-of-its-kind approach allows readers to view the case through a keyhole and look past all of the stories that have been spun in the last 90 years to focus on the heart of the crime."
Announced during Spring Forum to celebrate you, the new Indie Bookseller, BookExpo and the GLIBA invite you to participate in our Introduce an Indie program. This program was built to recognize and to support the importance of new booksellers in the greater book community. We’d like to thank you for everything you do by giving you the chance to win a $400 AMEX gift card to be used to pay for your travel as well as a room at the official ABA hotel, The Wyndham New Yorker. Please answer the questions below. Eighteen lucky winners will be selected and will be notified via email and phone. ENTER HERE >
Thank you to all the booksellers, the ABA, publishers, reps and authors that made it out to Detroit and attended this year's Spring Forum. You are the reason it is a success. We host these events to build relationships, give voices to books and bring some needed attention to the Great Lakes region. We could not do it without you- Thank you!
Huge thank you to Ingram Publisher Services, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Phaidon, Independent Publishers Group, Miller Trade Book Marketing, Fujii Associates, Sourcebooks, Abraham Associates, Binc, MIBA, Carrie, Javier from Book Table and every bookseller that joined us for the Great Midwest Rep Night in Chicago last night. A special thank you to Baker & Taylor and Tim Golden for sponsoring the event. We were bursting at the seams with booksellers and it was sublime. The Rep presentations were stimulating, fun and dynamic. I am definitely biased but they were some of the best talks I have heard in a while. Booksellers were onboard and energized the entire night. This was my first event as the new ED of GLIBA I am so excited for more nights like this. It was wonderful. Thank you to everyone that attended - Larry
In response to the release of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and follow up letter from Tyrrell Mahoney, President of Chronicle Books.
[Also included is the initial letter from Tyrrell Mahoney, President of Chronicle Books.]
The GLIBA Board was greatly discouraged by the way Chronicle Books chose to handle the initial launch of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. We all had a strong response to the release, and then to the follow up letter from Tyrrell Mahoney. By sending most of the stock to Amazon for the initial lay down, Chronicle is teaching the consumer and all the world that Books=Amazon. Continuing to supply Amazon as the first point of purchase only serves to cement that idea in our customers’ minds. We strongly refute that premise and can point to any number of examples of embargoed books from other publishers in which ALL outlets were given equal access to the initial sales. Every Oprah Book Club selection for years has benefited from all retailers having an opportunity to sell the book from the lay down. Many of us have websites where we could have immediately sold Marlon Bundo to our customers. Instead, our loyal customers that choose to support us are STILL waiting for the books because the Indies have received little or no stock. It is unfortunate that Chronicle does not see us as professionals capable of doing our jobs, or as trusted partners in the business, especially as so many of our stores have carried their product in good faith over the years. Ultimately, it is our hope that they will choose, in the future, to recognize the Indie market as the viable, profitable one that it is.
President of GLIBA & Owner of The Learned Owl Book Shop
A letter from President of Chronicle Books Tyrrell Mahoney
On behalf of Chronicle Books, I apologize for any frustrations you have experienced these past few days following the launch of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. I hope you know from your history working with us as an indie ourselves that this was certainly not our intention.
Among the myriad ways you uphold civil rights every day, MANY THANKS to all of you who’ve pledged support for ‘every bunny who has ever felt different’ as well as to the work of the Trevor Project and AIDS United, which will be receiving proceeds from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Chronicle Books, and so many of you through sales of this book.
We had to ensure that the book was a complete surprise for the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver audience. So, after much deliberation and exploration of other options, we ultimately agreed to make the book available for purchase at the time of the on-air surprise by allocating a percentage of the print run to Amazon and making the rest of the first print run available to all our other retailers as soon as possible. We knew it wasn’t a matter of embargoing the book, nor did we think a blind release would guarantee the integrity of the surprise.
While its launch isn’t how we’d normally go about business, none of us predicted how phenomenally viewers and readers would respond to John Oliver’s announcement – and that we’d go from 40,000 copies in print to 400,000 in the pipeline in 4 days. Our #1 goal right now is to get this book into your store and into those eager readers’ hands. I recognize this is not moving as quickly as we would like with current orders and we have addressed this with our distributor, Hachette Book Group. We are working with multiple domestic printers to print more books quickly as possible. In the meantime, we thank you very much for your patience and your understanding.
With gratitude, appreciation, and renewed apologies,
President of Chronicle Books
The defunding of the University Press of Kentucky (UPKY) is an action that we condemn in the strongest possible terms. Taken together, our membership includes hundreds of independent bookstores and booksellers across thirteen states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. This resolute, joint statement of support for the publishing program of the UPKY is consistent with our shared mission - the promotion of literacy, education, and the right of free expression.
On behalf of our members, we recognize the unique contribution of UPKY’s regional publishing program, as regional books represent a significant contribution to every bookstore in the United States.
Michael Boggs, co-owner of the three Carmichael’s Bookstores in Louisville, Kentucky, wrote us, “The recent decision by the governor of my state, Kentucky, to completely defund the University Press of Kentucky sounds a death knell for a concern that has for 75 years provided its citizens and libraries with books of history, fiction, biography, nature, food, music, and folklore that spotlight the culture of my state. As a bookseller here for 40 years, I have witnessed first-hand the high level of interest among my customers in books from the University Press of Kentucky, because nowhere else can they get essential stories of the place they call home. This decision is shortsighted and imprudent, robbing the citizens of Kentucky of connection to their land, their history, and their traditions and customs.”
Nathan Montoya, owner of Village Lights Bookstore, offers his praise for UPKY as well, “Titles from the University Press of Kentucky are part of the life blood of Village Lights Bookstore. We are located in Madison, Indiana, across the river from Payne Hollow, Kentucky. Harlan Hubbard, an artist who, with his wife, Anna, settled and homesteaded Payne Hollow in the mid twentieth century, has been likened to a modern-day Thoreau. Visitors from around the world come to our store, asking about the Hubbards and Payne Hollow. The University Press of Kentucky publishes most of titles written by or about Harlan and Anna Hubbard in print today. The loss of these titles would diminish not only the richness of our store’s offerings, but the literary and cultural heritage of our entire region.”
Kentucky writer Wendell Berry wrote recently in the Louisville Courier-Journal, “our political and economic life is not going to be adequately served by the great commercial publishing companies, or by the university presses of other states. That need can only be served, and it has been admirably served, by the University Press of Kentucky. . . . Because we have sustained that press for 75 years with a very modest investment of public money, we have The Kentucky Encyclopedia and Lowell Harrison’s and James Klotter’s A New History of Kentucky, books that have the distinction of being indispensable to Kentucky students young and old; and we have in print books by James Still, Harlan Hubbard, Jim Wayne Miller, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Crystal Wilkinson that will be needed by coming generations of literate Kentuckians . . . .” UPKY is indeed, as Berry puts it, “a priceless asset.”
The UPKY is a publishing consortium made up of Kentucky's state universities, five of its private colleges, and two historical societies. The UPKY has won countless prestigious awards for publishing in many disciplines, including history, Appalachian studies, African-American studies, and literature. The UPKY also produces a varied list of books for a national audience, including military, film, and cultural history. Major book review media consistently recognize the UPKY titles. We are grateful for the publishing program University Press of Kentucky offers to our customers, and its contribution to American arts and letters.
We ask that the Kentucky legislature restore the funding of the UPKY immediately.
Board of Directors, Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA)
Board of Directors, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA)