February 19, 2020
Notes from the Advisory Council

Only Time Will Tell
By Cindy Raiton, President of Sales at Bookazine Co., Inc.
Sometimes, while getting caught up in the minutiae of the bookselling world, we can overlook world events and how they can have an effect on the supply chain in our own industry. Right now everyone is rightly focused on the media attention over the Coronavirus; how to prevent a real pandemic from taking place, necessary precautions to make sure that it does not continue to spread, etc. It being that time of the year when influenza and even just the common cold run rampant has only added additional layers of concern.
There are so many global circumstances happening that it took a while until a light bulb went off and it came to mind that the publishing industry is so heavily reliant on new books being manufactured in and imported from China, especially children’s books — a constant and rapidly growing genre — and high end, full color art and design books that have such nice price tags.
Nobody knows what the true fallout of this scary situation will be, considering the Lunar New Year holiday break was extended into February in many cities and schools & factories may well stay closed in China until March. Several important and long-standing book events such as the Taipei Book Fair have already been postponed, and only time will tell if any Chinese participants will make it to the London Book Fair in mid-March. We’d sure love to see our friends and colleagues there if it’s possible and safe for them.
I similarly just had a discussion with a colleague who is tuned into music business affairs, and they related the story of how the California factory that provided around 95% of the lacquer discs used to produce vinyl records was devastated by a terrible fire just last week. We all love records — oversized, tactile, analog…an Actual Experience, just like our beloved printed books — and their resurgence has been a natural partnership with bookstores small and large over the past few years. Thankfully, everyone at the Apollo Masters facility escaped unharmed but their dominance-cum-disappearance in that part of the production process represents an unprecedented break in the vinyl supply chain.

Publishers are scrambling to figure this all out right now, and it will take some time before we truly learn anything. We all have our fingers crossed that folks will be as safe as they can and that our industry can remain as steady as possible in these trying times.
Items of Importance
February 21: Deadline for Massachusetts stores to submit ArtWeek Event applications

March 27: Deadline to register for Spring Forum (including April All About the Books)
WNBA Announces 2020 Pannell Award Nominees
Nominees for the 2020  Women’s National Book Association's Pannell Award  were announced late last week. The annual prize honors in children’s bookselling in the United States and is presented at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast. The list of nominees includes NEIBA members Belmont Books (Belmont, MA), Ink Fish Books (Warren, RI), Morgan Hill Bookstore (New London, NH), and Savoy Bookshop & Café (Westerly, RI). Congratulations, all! To read the full list of nominees, click here.
Register for the NEIBA Spring Forum
Attend April's All About the Books,
Bookseller Bootcamp, and more!
NEIBA is pleased to announce an expanded Spring Forum — to take place on 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.

Tuesday, April 7:
All About the Books & Author Lunch
ABA Town Hall
Evening Reception

Wednesday, April 8:
Bookseller Bootcamp or Owner/Manager HR Intensive 
Keynote Author Luncheon with Jennifer Weiner, author of  Big Summer   (Atria Books)
Break-Out Roundtable Discussions

For a full schedule of events, including registration links, as well as scholarship and hotel information, visit the Spring Forum page of the NEIBA website.
Booksellers: Don't Miss Out on Binc Scholarships!
Scholarship to Attend the Denver Publishing Institute:
Binc in collaboration with  Sourcebooks   and the  Denver Publishing Institute  sponsor a scholarship for booksellers interested in learning more about the publishing side of the industry. Applications for the scholarship — worth up to $7000 — to attend the Denver Publishing Institute will be accepted through February 26th, 2020. This scholarship includes tuition, meal plan, housing, and up to $2000 to cover travel and lost wages. For more information, please visit Binc's website.

Higher Education Scholarships:
The 2020 scholarship program supports booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. Binc will again this year award seven (7) $3,500 scholarships to the dependents of booksellers or comic retailers and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 will be granted to an owner or employee of a physical bookstore who has overcome a learning adversity or is a non­traditional student. Scholarship applications for our Higher Education scholarship program will be accepted through March 11th, 2020. For more information, please visit Binc's website.
Following the Rainbow to Your Nearest Bookstore
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Many thanks to NEIBA member the Innisfree Bookshop (Meredith, NH) for sharing their St. Patrick's Day display! Want to share in-store photos with NEIBA? E-mail .
Food for Thought
A round-up of pieces across publications
Social Media Spotlight
The Toadstool Bookshop (Keene, NH)
@toadstoolkeene: “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Best Sellers   
for the week ended
Sunday February 16, 2020

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of
NEIBA and IndieBound 

1. American Dirt
Jeanine Cummins, Flatiron Books, $27.99, 9781250209764
2. A Long Petal of the Sea
Isabel Allende, Ballantine, $28, 9781984820150
3. Weather New!
Jenny Offill, Knopf, $23.95, 9780385351102
4. Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid, Putnam, $26, 9780525541905
5. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
6. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
7. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023
8. Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548
9. The Giver of Stars
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $28, 9780399562488
10. The Silent Patient New!
Alex Michaelides, Celadon Books, $26.99, 9781250301697
11. Dear Edward
Ann Napolitano, The Dial Press, $27, 9781984854780
12. The Starless Sea New!
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213
13. Long Bright River
Liz Moore, Riverhead Books, $26, 9780525540670
14. The Water Dancer
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
15. Nothing to See Here
Kevin Wilson, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062913463

1. A Very Stable Genius
Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig, Penguin Press, $30, 9781984877499
2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
3. The Body
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
4. Why We're Polarized
Ezra Klein, Avid Reader Press/S&S, $28, 9781476700328
5. You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples
Patricia Marx, Roz Chast (Illus.), Celadon Books, $20, 9781250225139
6. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
7. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
8. Say Nothing
Patrick Radden Keefe, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385521314
9. The Blue Zones Kitchen New!
Dan Buettner, National Geographic, $30, 9781426220135
10. Strange Planet New!
Nathan W. Pyle, Morrow Gift, $14.99, 9780062970701
11. Becoming New!
Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.5, 9781524763138
12. Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future
Paul Krugman, Norton, $29.95, 9781324005018
13. The Making of a Miracle New!
Mike Eruzione, Neal Boudette, Harper, $27.99, 9780062960955
14. Snug: A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend New!
Catana Chetwynd, Andrews McMeel, $14.99, 9781524854638
15. Nothing Fancy New!
Alison Roman, Clarkson Potter, $32.5, 9780451497017

1. The Overstory
Richard Powers, Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687
2. Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng, Penguin, $17, 9780735224315
3. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
4. Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo, Grove Press/Black Cat, $17, 9780802156983
5. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $17.99, 9780062684738
6. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
7. The Great Alone
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250229533
8. The Stationery Shop New!
Marjan Kamali, Gallery Books, $16, 9781982107499
9. Daisy Jones & The Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid, Ballantine, $17, 9781524798642
10. We Must Be Brave
Frances Liardet, Putnam, $17, 9780735218871
11. The Woman in the Window
A.J. Finn, Morrow, $16.99, 9780062678423
12. Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $17, 9780812971835
13. There There
Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140
14. Lost Children Archive
Valeria Luiselli, Vintage, $16.95, 9780525436461
15. Ghosted New!
Rosie Walsh, Penguin, $16, 9780525522799

1. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
Greta Thunberg, Penguin, $10, 9780143133568
2. Bad Blood
John Carreyrou, Vintage, $16.95, 9780525431992
3. Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson, Spiegel & Grau, $17, 9780593133934
4. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $24.99, 9780062316110
5. On Tyranny New!
Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, $8.99, 9780804190114
6. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Adam Higginbotham, S&S, $19, 9781501134630
7. Braiding Sweetgrass
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $18, 9781571313560
8. The Source of Self-Regard
Toni Morrison, Vintage, $16.95, 9780525562795
9. White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415
10. Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198
11. Frederick Douglass New!
David W. Blight, S&S, $20, 9781416590323
12. The Library Book
Susan Orlean, S&S, $16.99, 9781476740195
13. Calypso New!
David Sedaris, Back Bay, $17.99, 9780316392426
14. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Dani Shapiro, Anchor, $16.95, 9780525434030
15. Classic Krakauer: Essays on Wilderness and Risk New!
Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $15, 9781984897695

1. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719
2. Slaughterhouse-Five New!
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
3. The Last Wish
Andrzej Sapkowski, Orbit, $8.99, 9780316029186
4. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756404741
5. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
6. In the Woods New!
Tana French, Penguin, $9.99, 9780143134824
7. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062836977
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy New!
Douglas Adams, Del Rey, $7.99, 9780345391803
9. American Gods New!
Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062572110
10. Neuromancer
William Gibson, Ace, $8.99, 9780441569595

1. Love from the Crayons
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Penguin Workshop, $9.99, 9781524792688
2. The Snowy Day New!
Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780670012701
3. Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140564341
4. A Valentine for Uni the Unicorn New!
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Random House Books for Young Readers, $8.99, 9781984850225
5. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
6. The Serious Goose New!
Jimmy Kimmel, Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780525707752
7. Curious George: I Love You
H.A. Rey, HMH Books for Young Readers, $8.99, 9780358156666
8. Where the Wild Things Are New!
Maurice Sendak, Harper, $19.95, 9780060254926
9. The Friendship Book New!
Mary Lyn Ray, Stephanie Graegin (Illus.), HMH Books for Young Readers, $14.99, 9781328488992
10. I Am Love: A Book of Compassion New!
Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illus.), Abrams, $14.99, 9781419737268

1. New Kid
Jerry Craft, Harper, $12.99, 9780062691194
2. Guts
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $12.99, 9780545852500
3. One of Us Is Next
Karen M. McManus, Delacorte Press, $19.99, 9780525707967
4. Little Women
Louisa May Alcott, Puffin, $8.99, 9780142408766
5. Smile New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545132060
6. Karen's Witch
Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338315196
7. Best Friends
Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469
8. Sisters New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
9. Allies New!
Alan Gratz, Scholastic Press, $17.99, 9781338245721
10. The Queen's Assassin New!
Melissa de la Cruz, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780525515913

1. Dog Man: Fetch-22
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338323214
2. Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit
Judd Winick, Random House Books for Young Readers, $13.99, 9780525644064
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball
Jeff Kinney, Abrams, $14.99, 9781419739033
4. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236590
5. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) New!
Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illus.), Abrams, $18.99, 9781419737046
6. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545935210
7. Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2) New!
Neal Shusterman, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $12.99, 9781442472464
8. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) New!
Neal Shusterman, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $12.99, 9781442472433
9. The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade New!
Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate, Viking Books for Young Readers, $13.99, 9780425292112
10. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) New!
Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947