Jan 23 2014
In his opening address at the plenary breakfast on the first day of Winter Institute 9 in Seattle, Wash., American Booksellers Association president Steve Bercu proclaimed that after an "incredibly positive season for many of us," the media and general public were finally "recognizing the reality that indie bookselling is strong, vital and growing."
Bercu, owner of BookPeople in Austin, Tex., went on to acknowledge the "remarkable success" of Indies First Day, held November 30, which was the "result of a heartfelt challenge" issued by author Sherman Alexie, a longtime friend, ally and advocate of independent bookstores. Alexie came on stage to receive a huge round of applause and a blue, ABA T-shirt with the words "the absolutely true original part time Indie" on it.
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