January 15, 2020
Notes from the Advisory Council

I Am One of You
By Meghan Hayden, River Bend Bookshop (Glastonbury, CT)
The New Year begins for me with gratitude. River Bend Bookshop recently celebrated our first full year of business. I owe so much of it to your guidance and help along the way.
Before opening the shop, I visited 50 bookstores around the country. It was inspiring to see that a bookshop can take any form and find its own success. Every space I saw was unique. Every collection had its own voice.
Each of your stores contributed to the creation of ours. Owners and booksellers shared advice and encouragement freely, and continue to do so. Each time I make a huge mistake (often), I laugh with our booksellers that anyone can open a bookstore. No credentials required. It’s funny because it’s true. You didn’t get to interview me for the job; I was self-appointed. Yet, never have I felt for a second that being independent means being alone. I am one of you.
My shop benefits every day from the warm feelings people have about your independent bookstores. We receive credit for your ideas (people think we invented shelf talkers and funny sidewalk chalkboard signs). We are strengthened by your success and your generosity.
I owe a special thanks to stores participating in the ABACUS survey. Our business plan is based on the survey data, and budgeting learned in a 2016 Paz Workshop. ABACUS allowed me to see what was possible for our shop and break goals into manageable pieces. When we were falling behind, it gave us a push to hustle a little harder. When we were tracking, it gave us peace of mind to focus on other aspects of the business. I cannot overstate the importance of the information you shared. (If you aren’t participating in the ABACUS survey, please consider doing so. It is an investment the future of our industry.)
Our first year has been pure magic. There were all the startup challenges you would expect, all the painful lessons learned, all the clogging toilets everyone warned us about. There were also countless moments of pure joy and meaningful connection. This is the best job in the world. Thank you for being a part of our story.
Children's Buyer Summit
March 3-4, 2020
NEIBA & NAIBA are hosting another Children’s Book Buyer Summit in Rhinebeck, NY! This event is for buyers only. Space is limited to 12 NEIBA attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration for this event will open here, on EventBrite, Friday, 1/17 at 10 AM.

Four publishing houses will be in attendance, sponsoring our four meals. The publishers will each be doing something different — some will provide manuscripts for a 2020/2021 title looking for marketing ideas and cover design. Others may have editors on hand to talk about their acquisitions. They are each still working on ideas but this will be an opportunity to spend time with them and your fellow book buyers on focused projects. A large part of our time together will be in group discussion on challenges, ideas, tips, and discussing books. That agenda will be created by the participants in the summit. E-mail Beth Ineson ( ) for any topics or questions you want to discuss during our time together.

Registration is free and meals are provided. The hotel is $175/night, not including tax. For hotel reservations (you have to make your own), please call The Beekman Arms Inn at (845) 876-7077.
Attending Winter Institute?
Join NEIBA for Dinner!
Keeping with tradition, NEIBA will be hosting a dinner on the last night of Winter Institute (Friday, January 24). Location and time to come. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Beth Ineson ( ) . Hope to see you there!
Are you attending Winter Institute?
Greetings from our Kid Lit All About the Books!
80 booksellers and publishing professionals joined 10 kid lit authors at the Beacon Press office in Boston, MA today! Don't miss out on NEIBA's next event: check out our 2020 calendar.
Holiday Catalog Reminder
If you ordered the 2019 Holiday Catalog, don't forget to e-mail your display photos, insertion invoices, and sales figures to by the deadline: February 1, 2020. For a formatted sales figure document, please click here. We hope you had a very happy (and profitable) holiday season!
NEIBA Spring Forum
April 7-8 in Portland, ME
NEIBA is pleased to announce an expanded Spring Forum, April 7-8, 2020, with our traditional April All About the Books as the kickoff event. Authors, illustrators, and booksellers will gather at the DoubleTree in Portland, ME for two days of author presentations, education, and a cocktail party in the middle for good measure. Below is a tentative timeline of programming:
Tuesday, April 7 —
All About the Books & Author Lunch (TBA) *
ABA Spring Forum & Town Hall
Evening Reception
Wednesday, April 8 —
Education: Bookseller Bootcamp/HR Intensive
Author Lunch (TBA) *
Roundtable Discussions
* More details to come!
Publishers: looking to submit an author for the All About the Books portion of our event? Submit via the Google Form here. Deadline for author submissions is Friday, February 14.
Food for Thought
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Social Media Spotlight
Maxima Books (Arlington, MA)
@maximabooks: Did you notice our new sign? Finally with the logo we have been using for the last ten years! Better late then never. 😉
Best Sellers   
for the week ended
Sunday January 12, 2020

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of
NEIBA and IndieBound  

1. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid, Putnam, $26, 9780525541905
4. The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213
5. Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548
6. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023
7. Nothing to See Here
Kevin Wilson, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062913463
8. The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385537070
9. The Topeka School
Ben Lerner, FSG, $27, 9780374277789
10. Disappearing Earth New!
Julia Phillips, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525520412
11. Long Bright River New!
Liz Moore, Riverhead Books, $26, 9780525540670
12. Dear Edward New!
Ann Napolitano, The Dial Press, $27, 9781984854780
13. Trust Exercise
Susan Choi, Holt, $27, 9781250309884
14. Exhalation
Ted Chiang, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101947883
15. Normal People New!
Sally Rooney, Hogarth, $26, 9781984822178

1. The Blue Zones Kitchen
Dan Buettner, National Geographic, $30, 9781426220135
2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
3. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
4. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
5. The Body
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
6. Say Nothing
Patrick Radden Keefe, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385521314
7. Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity New!
Peggy Orenstein, Harper, $28.99, 9780062666970
8. The Yellow House
Sarah M. Broom, Grove Press, $26, 9780802125088
9. Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow, Little Brown, $30, 9780316486637
10. Strange Planet
Nathan W. Pyle, Morrow Gift, $14.99, 9780062970701
11. Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis New!
Ada Calhoun, Grove Press, $26, 9780802147851
12. In the Dream House
Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, $26, 9781644450031
13. The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians New!
David M. Rubenstein, S&S, $30, 9781982120252
14. Ultimate Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone New!
Jamie Oliver, Flatiron Books, $35, 9781250262882
15. Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives New!
Daniel J. Levitin, Dutton, $30, 9781524744182

1. The Overstory
Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687
2. Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780735224315
3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
4. Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo, Grove Press/Black Cat, $17, 9780802156983
5. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $17.99, 9780062684738
6. The Woman in the Window
A.J. Finn, Morrow, $16.99, 9780062678423
7. There There
Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140
8. Little Women
Louisa May Alcott, Penguin, $16, 9780143135562
9. Little Women (Vintage Classics) New!
Louisa May Alcott, Vintage, $10, 9781984898852
10. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
11. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $17, 9780425284704
12. Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $17, 9780812971835
13. The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250229533
14. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine New!
Gail Honeyman, Penguin, $16, 9780735220690
15. Nine Perfect Strangers New!
Liane Moriarty, Flatiron Books, $17.99, 9781250069832

1. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
Greta Thunberg, Penguin, $10, 9780143133568
2. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $17, 9780593133934
3. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95, 9781571988102
4. Braiding Sweetgrass
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $18, 9781571313560
5. Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $15, 9781984897695
6. Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198
7. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom New!
David W. Blight, S&S, $20, 9781416590323
8. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $24.99, 9780062316110
9. The Library Book
Susan Orlean, S&S, $16.99, 9781476740195
10. Upstream: Selected Essays
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $17, 9780143130086
11. Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book New!
Courtney Maum, Catapult, $16.95, 9781948226400
12. Leadership: In Turbulent Times New!
Doris Kearns Goodwin, S&S, $18, 9781476795935
13. The Body Keeps the Score New!
Bessel van der Kolk, Penguin, $19, 9780143127741
14. Calypso
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17.99, 9780316392426
15. The Four Agreements New!
Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen, $12.95, 9781878424310

1. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719
2. Little Women New!
Louisa May Alcott, Signet, $6.99, 9780593198025
3. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756404741
4. The Tourist New!
Olen Steinhauer, Minotaur, $9.99, 9781250622099
5. A Game of Thrones New!
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
6. The Last Wish New!
Andrzej Sapkowski, Orbit, $8.99, 9780316029186
7. The Catcher in the Rye New!
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
8. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062836977
9. American Gods New!
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062572110
10. The Hobbit New!
J.R.R. Tolkien, Del Rey, $8.99, 9780345534835

1. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
2. Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140564341
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
4. The Serious Goose
Jimmy Kimmel, Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780525707752
5. The Mitten New!
Jan Brett, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, $8.99, 9780399231094
6. Love from the Crayons New!
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Penguin Workshop, $9.99, 9781524792688
7. The Snowy Day New!
Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780670012701
8. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307120007
9. Baby Unicorn: Finger Puppet Book New!
Victoria Ying (Illus.), Chronicle Books, $6.99, 9781452170763
10. Moo, Baa, La La La! New!
Sandra Boynton, S&S, $5.99, 9780671449018

1. Guts
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $12.99, 9780545852500
2. One of Us Is Next New!
Karen M. McManus, Delacorte Press, $19.99, 9780525707967
3. Karen's Witch
Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338315196
4. Dog Man Guide to Creating Comics in 3-D
Kate Howard, Dav Pilkey (Illus.), Scholastic, $10.99, 9781338568844
5. White Bird: A Wonder Story
R.J. Palacio, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $24.99, 9780525645535
6. Ali Cross New!
James Patterson, jimmy patterson, $16.99, 9780316530415
7. Best Friends
Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469
8. A Tale of Magic...
Chris Colfer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780316523479
9. One of Us Is Lying New!
Karen M. McManus, Delacorte Press, $17.99, 9781524714680
10. Clean Getaway New!
Nic Stone, Crown Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 9781984892973

1. Dog Man: Fetch-22
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338323214
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball
Jeff Kinney, Abrams, $14.99, 9781419739033
3. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers)
Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illus.), Abrams, $18.99, 9781419737046
4. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236590
5. The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)
Philip Pullman, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $22.99, 9780553510669
6. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha, #2)
Tomi Adeyemi, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), $19.99, 9781250170996
7. Dog Man New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545581608
8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone New!
J.K.Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
9. Dog Man Unleashed
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545935203
10. The Night Country (The Hazel Wood, #2) New!
Melissa Albert, Flatiron Books, $18.99, 9781250246073