January 8, 2020
Notes from the Advisory Council

A Decade of Possibility
By Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers & Cafe (Boston, MA)
It's a new year, a new decade, and as I look around Trident, I reminisce about what has changed, how I've changed, and how grateful I am for the opportunities I've had working at an independent bookstore. 

During this week in 2010, Dan Brown's  The Lost Symbol  was in the top spot of the NY Times fiction list, with Sarah Palin's  Going Rogue  on top of the nonfiction list, and James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet's  Witch and Wizard  on the top of children's list. Now Delia Owens, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dav Pilkey claim those spots with the indies. 

In 2010, working at Trident was not quite on my radar, I didn't know what an ARC was, I didn't know how to use Wordstock, and if someone had said "Edelweiss" to me, the only association I would have had with that word would have been with  The Sound of Music
Since starting at Trident almost six years ago, I've learned how to be a better bookseller, how to be a children's book buyer, and grown to be a better manager. I've had met booksellers at other stores in the New England area, found a wonderful community, and traveled to many other stores across the States. That's something I'm forever grateful for — that I can go to almost any major city in America, and if I walk into an indie, I can say, "Hey, we might not know each other, but we both love books, and that's something we have in common!"

Our store had some trauma, from the fire we had a few years ago, but came out stronger. We've expanded our retail space, to meet the consumer needs and wants, and as a whole, NEIBA has welcomed some fantastic new stores into our fold in the last ten years. 

The next ten years will bring lots of changes I'm sure, but I'm excited to see where NEIBA and NECBA will be at the close of this decade.
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!
Holiday Catalog Reminder
If you ordered the 2019 Holiday Catalog, don't forget to send in your display photos, insertion invoices, and sales figures 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!
Next Chapter Bookstore has moved!
NEIBA member Next Chapter Bookstore (Barre, VT) has a new address: 248 North Main Street, Suite 2! Visit them in-person Monday - Saturday or online anytime.
NEIBA Events in 2020
Mark your calendars!
January 15
Our first-ever KidLit All About the Books at Beacon Press in Boston, MA

February 13
NEIBA Board/AC meeting at NEIBA’s new office in Boston, MA (housewarming party to follow!)

March 3-4
Children’s Buyer’s Retreat (in conjunction with NAIBA) in Rhinebeck, NY

March 11-12
Owner’s Retreat at Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Castle, NH

April 7-8
NEW! NEIBA SPRING FORUM: including All About the Books, ABA Education/Town Hall, Frontline Bookseller Bootcamp, and Owner/Manager HR Intensive in Portland, ME

May 6
NECBA Meeting, location TK

May 13-14
NEIBA Board/AC meeting in Westerly, RI (bookseller party to follow!)

June 10
All About the Books at The Barn and Wight Farm in Sturbridge, MA

August 5-6
NEIBA Board/AC meeting in S. Hadley, MA (bookseller party to follow!)

August 12
NECBA Meeting, location TK

September 22-24
Fall Conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI

October 7-8
NEIBA Board/AC meeting in Beverly, MA (bookseller party to follow!)
Join the Windows & Mirrors Committee
Deadline to apply is January 10
The Windows & Mirrors Committee is looking for dedicated and passionate booksellers throughout New England to join us in curating a list of diverse, and well-crafted children’s books across all genres. Our goal is to create a list that follows  Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop's   ethos that all children should be able to “find representations of their own experiences and identities (“mirrors”), and be exposed to many experiences and identities of people unlike themselves (“windows”). We use a broad definition of diversity which includes, but is not limited to: LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.  (Read our full mission statement.)

If you are interested, please fill out  this   application . Questions? E-mail Read Davidson ( ) and Tildy Banker-Johnson ( ). 

Don't forget!  Submissions for the 2020 list are open . All NEIBA members and publishers may submit titles which fit our mission statement. Please feel free to share the link to the submissions page with other booksellers and publishers:
Food for Thought
A round-up of pieces across publications
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Social Media Spotlight
RJ Julia Booksellers (Madison, CT)
@rjjulia: Those little slips of paper? Those are staff recommendations pointing out all the books we love for kids ages 8-12! 😍 📚 
Best Sellers   
for the week ended
Sunday January 5, 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 New!
Kiley Reid, Putnam, $26, 9780525541905
4. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023
5. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
6. Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548
7. The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $28, 9780399562488
8. The Topeka School
Ben Lerner, FSG, $27, 9780374277789
9. The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385537070
10. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
11. The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213
12. Exhalation New!
Ted Chiang, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101947883
13. Nothing to See Here
Kevin Wilson, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062913463
14. Trust Exercise New!
Susan Choi, Holt, $27, 9781250309884
15. Circe New!
Madeline Miller, Little Brown, $27, 9780316556347

1. The Body
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
2. The Blue Zones Kitchen New!
Dan Buettner, National Geographic, $30, 9781426220135
3. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
4. Say Nothing
Patrick Radden Keefe, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385521314
5. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
6. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse New!
Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
7. The Yellow House
Sarah M. Broom, Grove Press, $26, 9780802125088
8. Strange Planet New!
Nathan W. Pyle, Morrow Gift, $14.99, 9780062970701
9. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illus.), S&S, $35, 9781476753836
10. Blowout
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
11. Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow, Little Brown, $30, 9780316486637
12. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone New!
Lori Gottlieb, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9781328662057
13. How To
Randall Munroe, Riverhead Books, $28, 9780525537090
14. In the Dream House New!
Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, $26, 9781644450031
15. Becoming
Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138

1. The Overstory
Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687
2. Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780735224315
3. Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo, Grove Press/Black Cat, $17, 9780802156983
4. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $17.99, 9780062684738
5. The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250229533
6. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
7. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
8. There There
Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140
9. Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $17, 9780812971835
10. Little Women New!
Louisa May Alcott, Penguin, $16, 9780143135562
11. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $17, 9780425284704
12. The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood, Anchor, $15.95, 9780525435006
13. The Best American Short Stories 2019
Anthony Doerr, Heidi Pitlor (Eds.), Mariner, $15.99, 9781328484246
14. Killing Commendatore
Haruki Murakami, Vintage, $17, 9780525435761
15. The Woman in the Window
A.J. Finn, Morrow, $16.99, 9780062678423

1. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
Greta Thunberg, Penguin, $10, 9780143133568
2. Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198
3. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $24.99, 9780062316110
4. The Library Book
Susan Orlean, S&S, $16.99, 9781476740195
5. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $17, 9780593133934
6. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95, 9781571988102
7. Braiding Sweetgrass New!
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $18, 9781571313560
8. Calypso
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17.99, 9780316392426
9. Upstream: Selected Essays
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $17, 9780143130086
10. Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $15, 9781984897695
11. The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy
Michael Lewis, Norton, $16.95, 9780393357455
12. These Truths: A History of the United States New!
Jill Lepore, Norton, $19.95, 9780393357424
13. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2020 New!
Sarah Janssen (Ed.), World Almanac, $15.99, 9781600572302
14. White Fragility New!
Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415
15. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America
Matt Kracht, Chronicle, $15.95, 9781452174037

1. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719
2. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062836977
3. Little Women New!
Louisa May Alcott, Signet, $5.95, 9780451532084
4. The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary New!
Merriam-Webster, $8.50, 9780877795964
5. The Shining New!
Stephen King, Anchor, $8.99, 9780307743657
6. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756404741
7. 1984 New!
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
8. The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin, Ace, $9.99, 9780441478125
9. Elevation
Stephen King, Scribner, $9.99, 9781982102326
10. The Dispossessed New!
Ursula K. Le Guin, Harper Voyager, $7.99, 9780061054884

1. The Serious Goose
Jimmy Kimmel, Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780525707752
2. Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140564341
3. Dinosnores New!
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9781523508136
4. The Crayons' Christmas
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Penguin Workshop, $19.99, 9780525515746
5. Goodnight Moon New!
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. The Dinky Donkey New!
Craig Smith, Katz Cowley (Illus.), Scholastic, $7.99, 9781338600834
7. Frozen 2 Little Golden Book New!
Golden Books/Disney, $4.99, 9780736440202
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar New!
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
9. Pat the Bunny New!
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307120007
10. Blueberries for Sal New!
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140501698

1. Guts
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $12.99, 9780545852500
2. Karen's Witch New!
Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338315196
3. A Tale of Magic...
Chris Colfer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780316523479
4. Best Friends
Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469
5. Sisters New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
6. The Hate U Give New!
Angie Thomas, Balzer + Bray, $18.99, 9780062871350
7. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal
Jeff Kinney, Abrams, $13.99, 9781419740275
8. White Bird: A Wonder Story
R.J. Palacio, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $24.99, 9780525645535
9. Drama
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
10. Dog Man Guide to Creating Comics in 3-D New!
Kate Howard, Dav Pilkey (Illus.), Scholastic, $10.99, 9781338568844

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. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha, #2)
Tomi Adeyemi, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), $19.99, 9781250170996
4. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236590
5. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers)
Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illus.), Abrams, $18.99, 9781419737046
6. The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)
Philip Pullman, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $22.99, 9780553510669
7. Boy-Crazy Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel, #7) New!
Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338304510
8. The Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever (The Bad Guys, #10) New!
Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Paperbacks, $5.99, 9781338305845
9. Dog Man Unleashed New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545935203
10. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545935210