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.
Saturn Booksellers is For Sale
For the past two and a half decades, Saturn Booksellers has been a labor of love and a way to live my passion every day, but I’ve decided to retire in 2022. So now the search is on for the person or persons to take over the reins and build on our 29 year history as Gaylord’s hometown bookstore with a national reputation.
Nothing like going out on top! Not only did we weather the pandemic, 2021 was the most profitable year the store has ever had.
If you’ve ever considered owning a bookstore, you no-doubt know that purchasing an existing store with everything in place is both a much faster and far less expensive way to join the bookselling world.
The quick facts:
-Established in 1993 in Gaylord, MI
-Is the only general, independent bookstore in a six-county radius. N. MI is a tourist mecca, so the store is both a year-round business serving locals and a destination for tourists, many of whom become year-round customers online.
-Maintains a website serving customers across the continental U.S. and Hawai’i
-Stocks about 90% new books, 10% toys, games and gift items.
-Has hosted hundreds of major authors on their national tours, and enjoys a reputation among the publishing world for creative and fun events.
-Is the recipient of many awards, including
MI Retailer of the Year,
Valpak & American Express Shop Small National Grand Prize Winner,
the local Chamber’s Golden Pineapple for Best Customer Service,
and Best Customer Service, Best Store Staff, Best Bookstore, Best Place to Work, Best Workplace Culture, Best Boss, Best Overall Company to Work For, and Best Hangout several times over in regional Reader Awards
-Is in an existing lease through the end April of 2022 on a 2755 sq. ft. space, with 3 one-year extensions perfect for a new owner to establish themselves before having to decide if they want to remain in the same space, move the shop, purchase a building, etc. More sq. footage is currently available adjacent to our space.
-Has a knowledgeable and fun staff of booksellers, many of whom would be pleased to discuss staying in place with a new owner.
Owner is local and available to help with the transition.
Financials with NDA available upon request.
Discussions and offers will be entertained until March 1, 2022.
About Jill Miner:
I purchased the store from its founders in 1998 and moved it from a strip mall into a building I purchased in the heart of downtown Gaylord. In 2015 I sold that building and moved ‘38 steps’ to the east into the space we now occupy.
During my time as owner, I’ve been privileged to be associated with GLiBA in many capacities, from Education Director to President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, holiday catalog salesperson and more. I’ve also served on committees for the ABA in different capacities over the years. I have probably met many of you at trade shows and author dinners and the like. I’d be honored to talk to you if you are considering a bookstore purchase in the immediate future, or might want to add our store as another location for your existing shop.
127 W. Main St.
Gaylord, MI 49735
989-614-1202 (personal cell) email@example.com (personal email)
2022 Michigan Notable Books
2022 Michigan Notable Books
The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the 2022 Michigan Notable Books list. Each year, the Michigan Notable Book list features 20 books, published during the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan, or written by a Michigan author. Selections include a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction, that appeal to many audiences and explore topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents.
This year's list continues the tradition of reflecting the rich stories and culture of our state by exploring the fascinating life of Mendon's Madame Marantette; celebrating the generations of Pewabic artists in Detroit; demonstrating the struggles to protect one's Ojibwe community; capturing the lifelong journey to better know that place we call "Up North"; and more.
Read the complete Press Release and discover more about the Michigan Notable Books program by going to www.Michigan.gov/NotableBooks.
List of 2022 Michigan Notable Books
Ancestor Approved: intertribal stories for kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith - Heartdrum
A collection of intersecting stories and poems set at an Ann Arbor powwow that bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride. In a high school gym full of color and song, Native families from tribal nations within the borders of the U.S. and Canada dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. They are the heroes of their own stories.
Call Me Athena, Girl from Detroit: A Novel in Verse by Colby Cedar Smith - Andrews McMeel Publishing
Written from the perspective of three very different narrators, this enchanting multi-generational novel in verse follows Mary, the American-born daughter of Greek and French immigrants living in Detroit in the 1930s, as she struggles for independence, equality, and identity.
The Cut by John Wemlinger - Mission Point Press
Alvin Price and Lydia Cockrum literally bump into one another in the summer of 1870 and fall in love. Coming from vastly different backgrounds, their relationship encounters struggle amid the feuding farmers and powerful lumber industry in Manistee, Michigan. Additionally, a terrible storm on October 8, 1871 will sweep across the upper Midwest, setting off fires in Chicago and dozens of other cities, including Manistee. Will their love endure?
Day of Days: A Novel by John Smolens - Michigan State University Press
Decades after experiencing the Bath school bombing, survivor Beatrice Marie Turcott, recalls the spring of 1927 and how this haunting experience leads her to the conviction that one does not survive the present without reconciling hard truths about the past.
Dead of Winter by Stephen Mack Jones - Soho Press, Inc.
Detroit ex-cop August Snow must fight for both his life and the soul of Mexicantown itself when a local business owner is targeted by an anonymous entity that is linked to a dangerous net of ruthless billionaire developers.
The Dockporter: A Mackinac Island Novel by Dave McVeigh and Jim Bolone - Independently Published
It's the summer of 1989. Jack McGuinn is a dockporter, transporting tourists' luggage, piled high in the basket of his bike on Mackinac Island, Michigan. He's got the season wired tight: a family cottage on the bluff, a dream job, and a loyal crew of hell-raising, tip-hustling buddies. When his old friend-turned bitter rival challenges him to ride a record-setting load, he takes the bet and soon realizes he's not just carrying suitcases, he's carrying the future of the island, which is about to be paved over for profit.
Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny - Alfred A. Knopf
Jane moves to a small town in northern Michigan to teach second grade and immediately falls in love with Duncan, a charming if not entirely reliable woodworker who she soon finds has been with nearly every woman in Boyne City. Follow Jane through the course of several years as she navigates the humor and disaster of a most unconventional relationship, all while trying to find a deeper kind of happiness.
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley - Henry Holt and Company
Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine of Sault Ste. Marie, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths.
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo - Norton Young Readers
An engaging and well-researched non-fiction about the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man, beaten to death in Detroit at the hands of two white men, and the lenient sentence given to those who killed him. This murder and trial galvanized Asian-Americans to call for hate crime reforms.
Getting to the Heart of the Matter: My 36 Years in the Senate by Senator Carl Levin, written with Linda Gustitus - Wayne State University Press
Representing Michigan for 36 years in the U.S. Senate, Carl Levin, the longest-serving U.S. senator in Michigan history, was known for his dogged pursuit of the truth, his commitment to holding government accountable, and his basic decency. Follow Levin's story - from his early days in Detroit as the son of a respected lawyer to the capstone of his career as chair of both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Long Road to the Circus by Betsy Bird, illustrated by David Small - Knopf Books for Young Readers
Twelve-year-old Suzy Bowles dreams of life outside the small town of Burr Oak, Michigan, but when she stumbles on the opportunity to learn ostrich riding with the infamous Madame Marantette, her obligations to her family on the farm threaten to derail her dreams of a bigger life.
Miles from Motown by Lisa Sukenic - Fitzroy Books
After having abruptly moved from her beloved Detroit neighborhood to an unfamiliar suburb outside of the city, Georgia Johnson secretly submits an entry to a poetry contest for only Detroit residents using her Aunt Birdie's address. Georgia tries to settle into her new life but misses both her older brother deployed in Vietnam and everything that was familiar, all while trying to intercept the contest announcement from her aunt's mailbox.
Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn - Wednesday Books
In this powerful story about forgiveness and love, 18-year-old Meg Hennessey travels north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in order to meet the family she never knew existed to find answers and instead falls for Micha Allen, who is dealing with his own traumatic past.
The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng - Berkley
This unpredictable sci-fi thriller begins when a failed artist accidentally opens a door to an alternate reality where she never pursued her dreams and must uncover the forces behind the switch before time runs out.
Pewabic Pottery: The American Arts & Crafts Movement Expressed in Clay by Thomas W. Brunk, foreword by Martin Eidelberg - Michigan State University Press
Founded in Detroit at the turn of the 20th century, this chronological history of Pewabic work focuses primarily on the pottery as operated by its founders Mary Chase Perry and Horace James Caulkins, and then goes up through the beginning of the Pewabic Society Inc. in 1979. It offers a fascinating, in-depth exploration of the various aspects of the history of Pewabic Pottery, from the personal lives of its founders and prominent potters to discussions of tiles and glazes and finally to Pewabic Pottery's place at Michigan State University.
Private Love, Public School: Gay Teacher Under Fire by Christine A. Yared - Penning History Press
Gerry Crane was a talented high school music teacher, loved by students and parents, and lauded as one of the best teachers at his school. Everything changed once word spread that he had married a man. Follow the events of the true story of what happened when members of a midwestern community demanded that their religious beliefs be imposed on a public school-and the school followed suit.
Standpipe: Delivering Water in Flint by David Hardin - Belt Publishing
A memoir of the author's work as a Red Cross volunteer delivering emergency water to residents of Flint, Michigan, Standpipe sets the struggles of a city in crisis against the author's personal journey as his mother declines into dementia and eventual death. The book is an intimate look at one man's engagement with both civic and familial trauma.
Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood - Riverhead Books
In a novel set against the wide-open beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a young single mother and her 10-year-old daughter stand up to the trials of rural poverty and find the community they need in order to survive.
Trout Water: A Year on the AuSable by Josh Greenberg - Melville House
At the beginning of trout fishing season, Josh Greenberg-proprietor of a fishing tackle store on America's most famous trout-fishing stream, the Au Sable River-is struggling to cope with the slow death of a close friend. Over the course of the fishing season, he'll revisit that relationship and its importance to him as he takes solace, and maybe something more, from fishing.
Up North in Michigan: A Portrait of Place in Four Seasons by Jerry Dennis - University of Michigan Press
A collection of essays that capture a lifelong journey to better know northern Michigan by exploring it in every season, in every kind of weather, on foot, on bicycle, in canoes and cars. The essays are more than an homage to a particular region, its people, and its natural wonders. They are a reflection on the "Up North" that can only be experienced through your feet and fingertips, through your ears, mouth, and nose-the Up North that makes its way into your bones as surely as sand makes its way into wood grain.
We are heartbroken to announce that our in-person Winter Institute event in Cincinnati is canceled.
We have been full steam ahead with programming, planning, and safety precautions, but the rising number of COVID cases, the contagion of the new variant, and the hospital crisis in Ohio — including the National Guard being called in to assist understaffed hospitals — have forced us to a full stop. Your safety and our staff’s safety is paramount and the risk is now too great to host this event.
We will refund everyone in January, and we will take care of canceling all hotel reservations at ABA hotels (Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Hilton, and Westin).
We deeply appreciate your flexibility, understanding, and patience while we determine what our next steps will be and what that means for you, our valued members and partners. We are still very excited to share our incredible programming and we will be announcing our new plan in the coming weeks.