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Best Books 2016

As 2016 is coming to an end, we felt it only right to share with you our favorite books of the year. We reached across the entirety of Ingram to find the best. See what we had to say about the books we love – 2016 edition. 

How Authors Can Partner with Indie Bookstores

So, you have written a book and gotten it published. Congratulations! Now it’s time to get that book into the hands of readers. For a first-time published author, that’s no easy task. But a good first step is reaching out to an author’s natural ally, the independent bookseller.  

Kindred, a Graphic Novel Excerpt

Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Duffy and Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Duffy, cartoonist, writer, and comics letterer, is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a founder of Eye Trauma Studios. Jennings is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo and has written several works on African-American comics creators. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. 

Author Q&A: Helen Simonson

This month we are honored to have bestselling fiction author, Helen Simonson with us. Her latest title, Summer Before the War, published in March of this year. 

The 5 Love Languages: The Excerpt

Dr. Chapman’s own life experiences, plus more than 35 years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love. Dr. Chapman has expanded his 5 Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children. He is the author of numerous other books including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted,and Desperate Marriages. Chapman also speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences.  

Why Independent Bookstores Are Parents’ Best Friend

Parents are on a mission. They want to raise smart, happy children, and childhood experts have plenty of advice on how to accomplish that goal. “Get them out of the house to explore their universe! Let them engage in free play! Fill their hours with engaging activities!”  

Collection Affection: Celebrating Women in STEM

By Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development

Our Collection Development youth team noticed that Spring 2017 will deliver a lot of great juvenile and young adult books about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. This #CollectionAffection focuses on some of the forthcoming titles we’re excited about, as well as some of our favorite backlist titles. At the end of the title list, we’ve provided some related nonfiction series too! 

Born to Win Excerpt

The late Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker, teacher, and trainer who wrote more than 30 celebrated books on personal growth, leadership, sales, faith, family, and success. Recognized by his peers as the quintessential motivational genius of our times, he is still considered one of the most versatile authorities on the science of human potential. Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar, Inc., also carries his father’s philosophy: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” He joined the Zig Ziglar Corporation in 1987, and is boldly taking Ziglar, Inc., into the world of social media. 

Q&A with Binc’s Pamela French

Everyone impacts the world through books. Whether it’s the bookstore manager or the librarian who helps a kid select his or her first book, the book publishing industry is supported by people just like you.  

Novel Ideas for Indie Bookstores

Independent bookstores possess several advantages over big box retailers, but the biggest one may be flexibility. Want to try a new event or stock a new line of products? Go for it! The only limit is your creativity.