January 22, 2020
Notes from the Advisory Council

Good News from the Road
By Maureen Karb, Como Sales
One of my favorite traditions at Workman is something they call "homeroom."  Every week publicity and sales gather in a morning meeting to share the weeks’ successes. I hope I’m not divulging any of their trade secrets here, but it was a part of the office culture I remember fondly, despite hating it at the time (prepping for it and speaking up in front of 30+ people was pretty stressful!)

I like to think that we accomplish something similar in our sales calls. Sure, you are buying books, but my favorite part of a meeting is chatting about what’s working in your store, what other stores are doing, and what’s happening in the book world. I’ve usually spent the days leading up to our call visiting stores you don’t get a chance to see very often, even if they are only a handful of miles away. 

And so I thought I’d use this forum to share some good news I’ve seen since hitting the road in the new year. A few weeks ago I arrived at Blue Hill Book s in Blue Hill, Maine at exactly the same time as a bus load of high school students! Each student picked out a book relating to a theme they’d been studying, all paid for by their teacher. Later on that trip I visited Hello Hello Books and met Lacy Simons for the very first time. She has a lovely store and I was happy to see one of my books held a spot of honor on   their website in an awesome widget that displays their bestselling books. 

After returning from Maine I stopped into Copper Dog Books which had a very successful first holiday. It’s so amazing to see new bookstore owners thriving despite the stress! I also had my first sales call with former rep Jill Cadogan at BookEnds Winchester .  We chatted about a variety of subjects, but I couldn’t help admiring  these pencils  and Jill mentioned they were one of their top selling items over the holidays! And last but not least, everyone should follow the  Bookloft  on social media because they are building their new location and it is so satisfying to watch! 

That’s just a tiny taste of my first few weeks on the road, and certainly not all the good news. I hope this little burst of positivity will at the very least spread some good cheer, if not inspire you in your own business! 
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Holiday Catalog Reminder
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Greetings from Winter Institute 2020!
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What's Happening at Winter Institute?
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!
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NEIBA Members Join Binc Board
The  Book Industry Charitable Foundation recently shared that Chris Morrow, co-owner of the  Northshire Bookstore  in Manchester Center, VT and Saratoga Springs, NY has joined its board of directors. Annie Philbrick of  Bank Square Books , Mystic, CT and Savoy Bookshop & Café, Westerly, RI s now also the board's Vice President. Congratulations!
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Best Sellers   
for the week ended
Sunday January 19, 2020

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of
NEIBA and IndieBound  

1. Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid, Putnam, $26, 9780525541905
2. The Dutch House
Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99, 9780062963673
3. Olive, Again
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $27, 9780812996548
4. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
5. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
Ocean Vuong, Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023
6. Dear Edward
Ann Napolitano, The Dial Press, $27, 9781984854780
7. The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541213
8. Long Bright River
Liz Moore, Riverhead Books, $26, 9780525540670
9. The Water Dancer New!
Ta-Nehisi Coates, One World, $28, 9780399590597
10. The Testaments
Margaret Atwood, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781
11. Cleanness New!
Garth Greenwell, FSG, $26, 9780374124588
12. The Topeka School
Ben Lerner, FSG, $27, 9780374277789
13. The Giver of Stars New!
Jojo Moyes, Pamela Dorman Books, $28, 9780399562488
14. Night Boat to Tangier New!
Kevin Barry, Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385540315
15. Circe New!
Madeline Miller, Little Brown, $27, 9780316556347

1. The Body
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $30, 9780385539302
2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy, HarperOne, $22.99, 9780062976581
3. Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope New!
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, Knopf, $27.95, 9780525655084
4. Talking to Strangers
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $30, 9780316478526
5. Say Nothing
Patrick Radden Keefe, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385521314
6. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone New!
Lori Gottlieb, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9781328662057
7. The Blue Zones Kitchen
Dan Buettner, National Geographic, $30, 9781426220135
8. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
9. You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time New!
Patricia Marx, Roz Chast (Illus.), Celadon Books, $20, 9781250225139
10. Uncanny Valley: A Memoir New!
Anna Wiener, MCD, $27, 9780374278014
11. The Yellow House
Sarah M. Broom, Grove Press, $26, 9780802125088
12. Blowout New!
Rachel Maddow, Crown, $30, 9780525575474
13. Boys & Sex
Peggy Orenstein, Harper, $28.99, 9780062666970
14. American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power New!
Andrea Bernstein, Norton, $30, 9781324001874
15. Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow, Little Brown, $30, 9780316486637

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. The Woman in the Window
A.J. Finn, Morrow, $16.99, 9780062678423
5. There There
Tommy Orange, Vintage, $16, 9780525436140
6. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $17.99, 9780062684738
7. Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $17, 9780812971835
8. The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris, Harper, $16.99, 9780062797155
9. The Great Alone New!
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, 9781250229533
10. Little Women (Vintage Classics)
Louisa May Alcott, Vintage, $10, 9781984898852
11. Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate, Ballantine, $17, 9780425284704
12. The Little Bookshop on the Seine New!
Rebecca Raisin, Hqn, $16.99, 9781335012500
13. Little Women: 150th-Anniversary Annotated Edition New!
Louisa May Alcott, Penguin Classics, $16, 9780143106654
14. A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles, Penguin, $17, 9780143110439
15. Nine Perfect Strangers
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. Sapiens
Yuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $24.99, 9780062316110
4. Braiding Sweetgrass
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $18, 9781571313560
5. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 New!
Old Farmer's Almanac, $8.95, 9781571988102
6. White Fragility New!
Robin DiAngelo, Beacon Press, $16, 9780807047415
7. How to Change Your Mind New!
Michael Pollan, Penguin, $18, 9780735224155
8. The Library Book
Susan Orlean, S&S, $16.99, 9781476740195
9. Upstream: Selected Essays
Mary Oliver, Penguin, $17, 9780143130086
10. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America New!
Matt Kracht, Chronicle, $15.95, 9781452174037
11. The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations New!
Toni Morrison, Vintage, $16.95, 9780525562795
12. The Soul of an Octopus New!
Sy Montgomery, Atria, $16.99, 9781451697728
13. The Order of Time New!
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead Books, $15, 9780735216112
14. Born a Crime
Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $18, 9780399588198
15. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" New!
Zora Neale Hurston, Amistad, $16.99, 9780062748218

1. Dune
Frank Herbert, Ace, $10.99, 9780441172719
2. The Tourist
Olen Steinhauer, Minotaur, $9.99, 9781250622099
3. Good Omens
Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Morrow, $9.99, 9780062836977
4. 1984 New!
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
5. The Left Hand of Darkness New!
Ursula K. Le Guin, Ace, $9.99, 9780441478125
6. Elevation New!
Stephen King, Scribner, $9.99, 9781982102326
7. The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99, 9780756404741
8. Slaughterhouse-Five New!
Kurt Vonnegut, Laurel Leaf, $7.99, 9780440180296
9. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
10. The Diary of a Young Girl New!
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129

1. The Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780670012701
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. The Serious Goose
Jimmy Kimmel, Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780525707752
4. Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey, Puffin, $7.99, 9780140564341
5. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307120007
6. Moo, Baa, La La La!
Sandra Boynton, S&S, $5.99, 9780671449018
7. Love from the Crayons
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Penguin Workshop, $9.99, 9781524792688
8. Little Blue Truck Leads the Way New!
Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illus.), HMH Books for Young Readers, $7.99, 9780544568051
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle, Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908
10. Almost Time New!
Gary D. Schmidt, Elizabeth Stickney, G.Brian Karas (Illus.), Clarion Books, $17.99, 9780544785816

1. Guts
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $12.99, 9780545852500
2. One of Us Is Next
Karen M. McManus, Delacorte Press, $19.99, 9780525707967
3. Karen's Witch
Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338315196
4. Sisters New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545540605
5. Best Friends
Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illus.), First Second, $12.99, 9781250317469
6. Little Women New!
Louisa May Alcott, Puffin, $8.99, 9780142408766
7. White Bird: A Wonder Story
R.J. Palacio, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $24.99, 9780525645535
8. From the Desk of Zoe Washington New!
Janae Marks, Katherine Tegen Books, $16.99, 9780062875853
9. Drama New!
Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99, 9780545326995
10. Infinity Son New!
Adam Silvera, HarperTeen, $18.99, 9780062457820

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. Major Impossible (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, #9) New!
Nathan Hale, Harry N. Abrams, $13.99, 9781419737084
4. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $12.99, 9781338236590
5. The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #5) New!
Ransom Riggs, Dutton Books for Young Readers, $22.99, 9780735231504
6. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545935210
7. Boy-Crazy Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel, #7) New!
Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan (Illus.), Graphix, $10.99, 9781338304510
8. Dog Man and Cat Kid New!
Dav Pilkey, Graphix, $9.99, 9780545935180
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone New!
J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $10.99, 9780590353427
10. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha, #2)
Tomi Adeyemi, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), $19.99, 9781250170996