September 18, 2019
A Note from the NEIBA Board
Dear NEIBA Booksellers —

As we prepare for another busy NEIBA Fall Conference, I wanted to send an update about the President’s Award. As Beth let you know in last week’s newsletter, this year we’ve decided to give this honor to Stephen King.  We’ve learned that due to his book tour commitments, he is not going to be present to accept the award in person. He is honored to receive it, and let us know that under different circumstances he’d be happy to attend the event, but it’s not going to work this year. 

As a Board, we knew going in that choosing Stephen King for the President’s Award would not guarantee us his presence at the banquet, but we asked ourselves – does this mean he doesn’t deserve it? Since that is kind of a double negative question, I’m going to answer in the affirmative and say that ‘Hell, yes, he certainly does deserve the award!’ And if there was any possibility of him being able to make it to Providence, we wanted to try to get him there.

He has opened the door to the possibility of a future appearance, and we’re going to hold that door open for him next year… so who knows. In the meantime, we’re planning a King-themed award presentation at the Banquet that will be… well, let’s just say it will be worthy of its subject. See you there!

Laura Cummings
NEIBA Board President
White Birch Books (N. Conway, NH)
1 Week left to Pre-Register for Fall Conference

Does your registration form say "Edited 8.13.19"? If not, it's outdated! The above forms now include the cost for the Wednesday lunches (the Rep Pick-Nic, Bookstore Owner Roundtable Lunch, Buyer Roundtable Lunch, and Cafe Owner/Manager Roundtable Lunch) — all of which are $15. If purchasing an Event Pack, please specify the tickets you'll need for each lunch.
Hotel Rooms available at The Graduate

If you are in need of hotel room for the Fall Conference, NEIBA has 4 rooms at The Graduate up for grabs! First come, first served.
Email Beth directly ( ), if interested.
Battle of the Education Sessions
Which are you planning to attend?
Wednesday Morning Session (9:00 am – 10:30 am)
From Hassle to Habit: How to Boost Profits with Coop
ABA: Making the Most of ABA Membership (Note New Time!)
Wednesday Afternoon Session #1 (2:30 pm – 3:45 pm)
Visual Merchandizing for Inclusion
Buying & Selling Books in Translation
Digital Branding/Social Media 2.0
Wednesday Afternoon Session #2 (4:00 pm – 5:15 pm)
Windows & Mirrors
Worst Case Scenario: How to Prepare for the Unexpected
Working with Your Telephone Sales Reps
Friday Morning Session (10:15 am – 11:15 am)
Genre Through The Ages: Handselling Sci-Fi & Fantasy...
Pop-up Stores
ABA: Independent Bookstore Day
Island Books seeks Owner
(Middletown, RI)
WANTED: A book lover with an appreciation for community and the entrepreneurial spirit needed to run a small business. New owners will inherit an independent bookstore with a long and rich history in Newport County that is prestigious and beloved. And, they will find it to be the most entertaining, enlightening and sociable retail atmosphere one could ask for! 

It is of great importance to me that the store carry on after my tenure in good, capable, loving hands so if you - or someone you may know - fits the bill you can learn more on our website: ISLANDBOOKSRI.COM .

Spread the word and plant the seed! - Judy Crosby ( )

Looking for opportunities in New England?
Check out the NEIBA Exchange !

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Baker & Taylor Account Closures and Refunds
Due to high volumes of customer returns, the last returns received by Baker & Taylor were recently completed. For customers with a credit balance, the refund process is currently taking longer than expected. The remaining AR team is working through the backlog and expect to process all refund requests from July, August, and September over the next few weeks so that all refund requests are completed and mailed within 5 weeks or less. As the backlog is cleared, refunds should go back to a 2-3 week turnaround time.

Please note: refunds cannot be processed without a proper W-9 on file and Baker & Taylor refund form signed by the owner. It is not possible to automatically issue refunds on credit balance accounts or issue refunds back to credit cards or wires.
If you have questions regarding a refund you are owed, please submit
a request to  or call 800-340-5370.
October's Indie Playlist Promotions
Don't miss out! Deadline is November 5.
October's 2 Indie Playlist promotions, featuring collections of titles from independent presses, are ready to be revealed! The themes are  A Jump on the Holidays  and  Gothic Tales .

Indie Playlist publishers are providing additional terms for the titles on these lists. Participating publishers for October include Catapult, Europa Editions, 7 Stories Press, Grove Atlantic, and Beacon Press. Stores can create displays around either — or both! — themes. Displays must include some titles from the above lists but can include additional titles of a store's choosing. 

The prize for best display is $500: $250 for the bookseller who creates it and $250 for the store. 

To submit your display, take a picture and email it
to  NAIBA   (with a cc to  NEIBA )  by November 5.

For more information about this program, contact Beth:
Social Media Spotlight
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@papercutsjp: September is in full swing!😊 From planners, pencil pouches and back-to-school notebooks, to birthday cards, baby shower presents and tote bags to throw everything in; we've got lots of great stuff to get you through all the activity this month brings with it.
Come see for yourself, we're open EVERY DAY!😊🛍
Want to be featured? Use #NEIBA in social media posts
(or tag @neibabooks) so we can see & share your photos!

Best Sellers   
for the week ended
Sunday September 15, 2019

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of
NEIBA and IndieBound  

1. The Testaments New!
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. The Institute New!
Stephen King, Scribner, $30, 9781982110567
4. A Better Man
Louise Penny, Minotaur, $28.99, 9781250066213
5. Chances Are . . .
Richard Russo, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947746
6. The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385537070
7. The Secrets We Kept
Lara Prescott, Knopf, $26.95, 9780525656159
8. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023
9. This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger, Atria, $27, 9781476749297
10. Gideon the Ninth New!
Tamsyn Muir,, $25.99, 9781250313195
11. The Girl Who Lived Twice
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780451494344
12. Quichotte
Salman Rushdie, Random House, $28, 9780593132982
13. City of Girls
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead Books, $28, 9781594634734
14. Circe
Madeline Miller, Little Brown, $27, 9780316556347
15. Normal People
Sally Rooney, Hogarth, $26, 9781984822178

1. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know New!
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
2. The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir New!
Samantha Power, Dey Street Books, $29.99, 9780062820693
3. She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement New!
Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Penguin Press, $28, 9780525560340
4. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
5. How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
Randall Munroe, Riverhead Books, $28, 9780525537090
6. Three Women
Lisa Taddeo, Avid Reader Press/S&S, $27, 9781451642292
7. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
Jim Mattis, Bing West, Random House, $28, 9780812996838
8. The Pioneers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781501168680
9. The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 New!
Garrett M. Graff, Avid Reader Press/S&S, $30, 9781501182204
10. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death
Caitlin Doughty, Dianne Ruz (Illus.), Norton, $25.95, 9780393652703
11. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi, One World, $27, 9780525509288
12. Becoming
Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138
13. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Lori Gottlieb, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9781328662057
14. The Economists' Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society New!
Binyamin Appelbaum, Little Brown, $30, 9780316512329
15. The Source of Self-Regard New!
Toni Morrison, Knopf, $28.95, 9780525521037

1. The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood, Anchor, $15.95, 9780525435006
2. The Overstory
Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687
3. Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780735224315
4. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Back Bay, $20, 9780316055444
5. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
6. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
7. The Witch Elm
Tana French, Penguin, $17, 9780735224643
8. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman, Penguin, $16, 9780735220690
9. There There
Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140
10. Beloved
Toni Morrison, Vintage, $16, 9781400033416
11. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $17, 9780425284704
12. The Woman in the Window New!
A.J. Finn, Morrow, $16.99, 9780062678423
13. Conversations with Friends New!
Sally Rooney, Hogarth, $17, 9780451499066
14. Ghosted New!
Rosie Walsh, Penguin, $16, 9780525522799
15. Washington Black
Esi Edugyan, Vintage, $16.95, 9780525563242

1. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020
Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95, 9781571988102
2. The Spy and the Traitor
Ben Macintyre, Broadway Books, $18, 9781101904213
3. Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198
4. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Yuval Noah Harari, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780525512196
5. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $22.99, 9780062316110
6. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $16, 9780812984965
7. Calypso
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17.99, 9780316392426
8. White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415
9. If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Red Sox
Jerry Remy, Nick Cafardo, Triumph Books, $17.95, 9781629375458
10. How to Change Your Mind New!
Michael Pollan, Penguin, $18, 9780735224155
11. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
Sarah Smarsh, Scribner, $17, 9781501133107
12. Dopesick
Beth Macy, Back Bay, $17.99, 9780316551304
13. Fashion Climbing: A Memoir
Bill Cunningham, Penguin, $17, 9780525558729
14. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone New!
Brené Brown, Random House, $18, 9780812985818
15. The Soul of an Octopus New!
Sy Montgomery, Atria, $16, 9781451697728

1. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
2. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062836977
3. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719
4. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $10.99, 9780316055420
5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy New!
Douglas Adams, Del Rey, $7.99, 9780345391803
6. A Game of Thrones New!
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
7. The Catcher in the Rye New!
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $8.99, 9780316769488
8. Lord of the Flies New!
William Golding, Perigee, $9.99, 9780399501487
9. The Diary of a Young Girl New!
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
10. The Shining New!
Stephen King, Anchor, $8.99, 9780307743657

1. Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael López (Illus.), Philomel Books, $17.99, 9780525514121
2. Dinosnores
Sandra Boynton, Workman, $6.95, 9781523508136
3. Bruce's Big Storm
Ryan T. Higgins, Disney/Hyperion, $17.99, 9781368026222
4. Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140564341
5. Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illus.), Puffin, $7.99, 9780142501122
6. Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum
Dr. Seuss, Andrew Joyner (Illus.), Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780399559129
7. The Scarecrow New!
Beth Ferry, The Fan Brothers (Illus.), HarperCollins, $18.99, 9780062475763
8. Blueberries for Sal New!
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140501698
9. The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!
Mo Willems, Hyperion Books for Children, $16.99, 9781368046459
10. If I Built a School
Chris Van Dusen, Dial Books, $17.99, 9780525552918

1. Best Friends
Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469
2. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal
Jeff Kinney, Abrams, $13.99, 9781419740275
3. Frankly in Love New!
David Yoon, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9781984812209
4. Pumpkinheads
Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illus.), First Second, $17.99, 9781626721623
5. New Kid
Jerry Craft, Harper, $12.99, 9780062691194
6. Stargazing New!
Jen Wang, First Second, $12.99, 9781250183880
7. American Royals New!
Katharine McGee, Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9781984830173
8. The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas, Balzer + Bray, $18.99, 9780062871350
9. Strike Zone New!
Mike Lupica, Philomel Books, $17.99, 9780525514886
10. Permanent Record New!
Mary H.K. Choi, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9781534445970

1. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236590
2. Boy-Crazy Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel, #7)
Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338304510
3. Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl
Ben Hatke, First Second, $14.99, 9781250191731
4. Big Nate: Hug It Out!
Lincoln Peirce, Andrews McMeel, $9.99, 9781524851842
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone New!
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
6. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9781338236576
7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) New!
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947
8. The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, Book 1) New!
Tui T. Sutherland, Scholastic, $6.99, 9780545349239
9. The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13)
Tui T. Sutherland, Scholastic, $16.99, 9781338214512
10. Kristy's Great Idea (Baby-Sitters Club Graphix, #1) New!
Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier (Illus.), Scholastic, $10.99, 9780545813877