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Barnes & Noble plans to open 10-15 new stores in 2019, about three-quarters of which will replace larger stores whose leases have ended, while one-quarter will be in new locations, the company said yesterday in a conference call with analysts (transcript courtesy of Seeking Alpha) following the release of second-quarter results.

The company also expects improving sales trends to continue during the holiday season to the point where sales at stores open at least a year will have positive gains. CFO Allen Lindstrom attributed the anticipated gains to “benefits from favorable year-over-year comparisons for the balance of the quarter, our national ad campaign [which is currently airing in cinemas and on cable TV that highlights B&N as a place for discovery and celebrates its 23,000 booksellers], a strong publishing season, incremental investments we’ve made to capture toys and games sales and improved gift assortment and better in-stock inventory positions.”

As for stores, in recent months the company opened three new prototype stores–in Columbia, Md., Vernon Hills, Ill., and Hackensack, N.J.–and this week opened another at the Staten Island Mall in New York City. Carl Hauch, v-p, stores, noted that although recent new stores have been between 17,000 and 20,000-square-feet in size, the company is aiming in the future for 14,000-square-foot stores.

The prototypes, he continued, “feature a smaller footprint and a clean contemporary new design where books take the center stage. Each store has a slightly different approach to the new format, providing us opportunities to evolve based on what we learn. These stores were developed with a modern design aesthetic that provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. They include a large book theater located at the heart of the store and lower-profile bookshelves that provide an improved browsing and discovery experience. They also include plenty of comfortable community seating areas where customers can spend time relaxing, meeting with each other and gathering to talk about books.” The stores also have self-service kiosks, and B&N staff have tablets to help customers anywhere in the stores.

Among other information revealed during the call:

While overall sales at stores open at least a year fell 1.4% in the second quarter–the company’s best such results in more than two years–book sales fell 3%. In books, there was “continued strength in hardcovers and the reestablishment of our bargain assortment,” Lindstrom said. “We also saw improvements in our trade paper, kids, and young adult categories.” At the same time, non-book sales rose 1.9%, led by gains in toys, games, café and gifts.

Asked about its toy business in light of the collapse of Toys R Us, Lindstrom said toy sales had a comp-store sales gain in “the double-digit range” and called toys “a significant opportunity for the holiday.”

Chairman Len Riggio added: “The toy business is important for us, because the children’s business is so important. It’s not uncommon to have the kids bringing their parents to the stores. So it’s considered a strategic category for us at this point.”

Despite lower sales overall in the second quarter, B&N was able to cut its loss in part because of “lower store markdowns and decreased online promotions.” Expenses were reduced primarily through “lower store payroll and to a lesser extent Nook rationalization and indirect procurement,” according to Lindstrom.

At the same time, the company is “reinvesting in our business to drive top line growth.” For this, Lindstrom pointed to “the recent launch of our new ad campaign, remerchandising unproductive space to growing categories and recalibrating our labor model. In addition, we continue to make improvements to our website and recently announced a new Nook tablet.”

Capital expenditures were $38 million in the quarter, up from $29 million in the same period a year earlier, mainly because of investments in new stores and holiday merchandising initiatives. During the quarter, B&N distributed $11 million in dividends to shareholders.

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The editors of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck and Gleaves Whitney.
All proposals should be sent to jlauck1941@hotmail.com

Volume editors seek proposals for chapters to be included in an edited collection focused on exploring the northern reaches of the American Midwest and the borderlands, or imagined borderlands, along the line dividing the US and Canada. This interior zone of North America has yet to become a significant point of discussion in the growing movement to revive interest in Midwestern history and in the broader movement to analyze the borderlands of the United States. This volume is broadly designed to advance these discussions about this region by focusing on 1850-present time period.

Proposals should explain the author’s general approach to the topic and include the sources to be consulted as well as the author’s curriculum vitae. Topics to be explored include, but are by no means limited to, historical understandings of the essential dimensions of the northern Midwest; the basic industries of the region such as mining, forestry, shipping, and tourism; the Midwest/Canada dividing line and its consequences and meaning for residents of the region; the geographical and topographical approaches to designating this area as a distinct region; literary or other cultural understandings of the region, including important regional voices (such as Jim Harrison of the Upper Peninsula or Bob Dylan of the Iron Range); the politics of the region; music from the region (such as the work of Gordon Lightfoot or the ethnic blending that produced polka); analyses of the regionalist thought and practices which have contributed to a consciousness of this region; the religious history of the region; the role of ethnicity in the history of the region (the persistence of Finnish ethnicity, for one example); the languages spoken in the region; regional folklore; the vernacular architecture of the region (cottages, saunas, camps, hunting lodges, etc.); environmental factors such as rainfall, temperature, glaciation, river development, and the role of the Great Lakes which help to define this region; historic and more recent discussions of the taxonomy of American regions, especially the real and imagined sub-regions of the Midwest, and how the upper Midwest relates or compares to other regions (the line that separates the “traditional” Midwest of Iowa-ish corn farming from the northern, lake-oriented Midwest, for example); the economic integration (or lack thereof) of the region; the role of Native American history (the impact of treaties on statehood; the Dawes Act; sovereignty; hunting and fishing rights; gambling and casinos); the understandings of Native Americans, American settlers, immigrants, political leaders, environmentalists, geographers, political scientists, and others which help explain the region.

Chapter proposals will be due November 19, 2018If a proposal is accepted, the author’s chapter will be due December 1, 2019. Final chapters should be approximately 7,500 words, including notes, and in Chicago style. The editors of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck and Gleaves Whitney. All proposals should be sent to jlauck1941@hotmail.com

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UPPAA only works when members participate!

GET INVOLVED WITH UPPAA

Our membership has soared to over 100 authors, poets, editors, illustrators, and independent publishers. The current Board of Directors invites you to get involved. Contact the committee chairs for more information. Contact Victor Volkman or Mikel Classen to join the distribution and marketing team for the U.P. Reader. Assist Larry Buege by marketing our Dandelion Cottage short story writing contest to your local schools. Debbie Frontiera is our association newsletter editor and welcomes you to join her staff. Contact Gretchen Preston to join the 2019 conference planning committee.

All members are welcome at board meetings. Our Board of Directors meets the First Friday of each month at noon in the Dandelion Cottage room at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette, Michigan. Please feel free to join us. If you are out of the Marquette area, or unable to attend the meeting in person, you can join the board on its conference call line. Just dial 712-432-6299. You will then be asked to enter the code: 483921#.

We will be electing new association officers at our 2019 conference business meeting. All positions are open. Take time to review the job descriptions for each position below. If you are interested in running for an officer position, contact Tyler Tichelaar. Watch our group email for more information!

UPPAA Board Member Descriptions

President

The President’s duties include:

  • Presiding over the monthly Board meetings.
  • Presiding over the annual business meeting at the spring conference.
  • Organizing the spring conference with the help of the rest of the board.
  • Responding to inquiries via email and phone from interested prospective members.
  • Promoting UPPAA through various means such as handing out brochures at events, bringing UPPAA material to the Superiorland Library Coop for distribution, etc.
  • Following up with fellow Board Members to ensure all board duties and responsibilities are being fulfilled.
  • Proofreading the quarterly newsletters to make sure all information is accurate.

Vice President

The Vice President’s duties include:

  • Attending monthly Board meetings.
  • Preside over meetings if the President cannot.
  • Preparing the agenda for the monthly Board meetings and submitting it to the President prior to the scheduled meeting.
  • Serving on the annual conference planning committee.
  • Working with the Board members and general membership to create new book marketing and sales opportunities.
  • Promoting UPPAA publicly at appropriate opportunities.
  • Being actively involved in all club activities and events.

Treasurer

The Treasurer’s duties include:

  • Filling out Federal e-postcard in January and the Michigan Corporation Annual Report in July. These documents are essential to keeping our non-profit status.
  • Downloading money from dues payments from PayPal into our savings account. This should be done at least monthly.
  • Paying all bills. This is a minor activity for most months, but the workload increases near the Spring Conference.
  • Providing a monthly financial report for the board. Fiction writing skills (with humor) is helpful when preparing the report but not mandatory.

Membership Chair

The Membership Chair’s duties include:

  • Maintaining the current member database, including yearly renewal.
  • Adding new members and their information to the database.
  • Keeping the Newsletter Editor up to date on the member database.
  • Adding members to discussion group.
  • Annually removing people who are no longer members from the database and discussion group.
  • Sending out member renewal notices in March of every year and then overdue notices.
  • Sending out Conference registration and compiling a list of attendees and lunch numbers.
  • Sending out and compiling conference surveys.
  • Depositing membership dues checks to the UPPAA account.
  • Sending out notices that go to the entire membership, for example the fall picnic.

Recording Secretary

The Recording Secretary’s duties include: 

  • Taking notes during the business meeting portion at the Spring Conference.
  • Writing minutes based on these notes and keeping a copy for records.
  • Reading minutes of last meeting during business meeting of the conference.
  • Taking notes during monthly board meetings and writing minutes

Webmaster

The Webmaster’s duties include:

  • Managing submissions for http://www.UPPAA.org, including new book announcements, author events, and listings of resources.
  • Managing social media accounts such as Twitter and the UPPAA Facebook pages.
  • Sharing management of the online discussion group with the Membership Secretary.

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor’s duties include:

  • Gathering the news from members four times per year for the spring, summer, fall, and winter newsletters (generally sent in April, July, late Sept./Oct. and late Jan./Feb.) No date set in stone. News is gathered throughout the year and saved to a file and a reminder is sent to members to send their announcements with a deadline about two weeks before the newsletter goes for layout.
  • Preparing the newsletter text and saving any images sent in a file.
  • Having the President proofread the newsletter for typos and missing or wrong information.
  • Sending the text file and any images via email to Margaret Helminen at Designotype for formal layout.
  • Reviewing proofs from Designotype and approving or recommending changes.
  • Using the UPPAA membership list to send out the PDF newsletter to the membership. (Note that for the spring issue, Designotype mails the printed version. The spring issue always focuses on the Spring Conference. Summer usually recaps the conference. Fall and winter have member news, marketing tips, announcements, etc.

Publications Chair

The Publications Chair’s duties include:

  • Managing everything related to the P. Reader, including submissions, concept, design, technical issues, promotion, and coordinating sales distribution.
  • Working with other U.P. Reader staff and the UPPAA Board as well as the organizers/student winners of the Dandelion Short Story Contest.
  • Managing any new publications UPPAA may choose to pursue.

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UPPAA Summer 2018 Newsletter

Summertime and the livin’ is easy!  Get your 2018 Summer issue of The Written Word, the official organ of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA)

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Write for Marquette Monthly

The Marquette Monthly is looking for people to write articles for it and thought some of our members might be interested. It is especially looking for people living in and looking to write about north and central UP. Anyone interested can contact: editor@marquettemonthly.org (Joe Zyble) or senioreditor@marquettemonthly.org (Rebecca Tavernini). You can learn more about the publication at www.marquettemonthly.org.

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Upper Peninsula Michigan Bookstores

BOOKSTORES

Marquette Regional History Center
Attn: Jessica Bays – Store Manager
145 W Spring St
Marquette, MI 49855-4628

Marquette Arts & Culture Center
217 N Front St
Marquette, MI 49855-4220

Gloria Tiglas, Acquisitions Mgr
Booktique
125 S Cedar St
Manistique, MI 49854-1437

Acquisitions Manager
MTU Campus Bookstore
1503 Townsend Dr
Houghton, MI 49931-1228

Tony Bausano, Acquisitions Mgr
Copper World
101 5th St
Calumet, MI 49913-1601

(Address change below)
Country Village Bookstore
Michelle Lamere, Acquisitions Mgr
850 US 41 W
Ishpeming, MI 49849-3181

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap
Anne: Acquisitions Mgr
490 N Steel St
Ishpeming, MI 49849-2667

Gift Station
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
101 Cedar St
Munising, MI 49862-1019

Lloyd Wescoat
Grandpa’s Barn
340 Fourth Street
COPPER HARBOR, MI 49918

Acquisitions Manager: Nancy Dwyer
Falling Rock Cafe
104 E Munising Ave
Munising, MI 49862-1114

First Edition too bookstore
attn: Acquisitions Mgr
W4487 Worth Rd
Moran, MI 49760-9830

Fort Wilkins Gift Shop
Attn: Acquisionts Mgr
5223 Hwy Us-41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918

Island Bookstore
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
PO Box 1298
Mackinac Island, MI 49757-1298

Island Books & Crafts
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
101 E Portage Ave
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783-2001

Knothole Gift Shop
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
21235 Alberta Ave
Lanse, MI 49946-9564

Laughing Loon Bookstore
Attn: Laurel And Hannah Rooks
242 1st Street;
Copper Harbor, MI 49918

Michigan Fair
Attn: Amy Chapin
114 W Washington St
Marquette, MI 49855-4320

Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Attn: Gift Shop Acquisitions
73 Forge Rd
Negaunee, MI 49866-9532

NMU Bookstore
Attn: Helen Bicigo, Acquisitions
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855-2818

North Wind Books
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
437 Quincy St
Hancock, MI 49930-1878

Safe Harbor Books
Attn: Kristen Diehl, Acquisitions Mgr
PO Box 398
Cedarville, MI 49719-0398

Snowbound Books
Attn: Dana Schultz, Acquisitions Mgr
118 N 3rd St
Marquette, MI 49855-4304

Synder Drugstores
Attn: Patty Nault, Acquisitions Mgr
1330 US Highway 41 W
Ishpeming, MI 49849-3152

Touch of Finland Books
Attn: Bryan LaChappel
2853 US 41 W
Marquette, MI 49855-2252

Up North Books
Attm Mike Hauxwell, Acquisitions Mgr
3362 I 75 Business Spur
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783-3605

Mackinac State Historic Parks
Attn: Gift Shop Acquisitions
PO Box 873P
Mackinaw City, MI 49701-0873

LSSU Bookstore
Attn: Amber McLean, Acquisitions Mgr
1000 College Dr
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783-1637

COFFEE SHOPS

Dead River Coffee
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
119 W Baraga Ave
Marquette, MI 49855-4741

The Serving Spoon
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
821 1st St
Menominee, MI 49858-3231

Stone Cup Coffee House
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
1222 Ludington St
Escanaba, MI 49829-3539

Moose Jackson Cafe
Attn: Acquisitions Mgr
221 E A St
Iron Mountain, MI 49801-3462

GIFT SHOPS

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UPPAA Fall 2017 Newsletter

JUDGES NEEDED FOR NEW STUDENT CONTEST
Any UPPAA member who is willing to help as a judge for the upcoming student writing contest should contact Larry Buege: LSBuege@aol.com. Judges will read through about 10 stories written by high school students and score them on a number of items. A scoring sheet will be provided. We should have three judges read each story for balance and fairness, so we can use as many judges as are willing to help out. There will be no names on the stories, just an entry number, so judges do not need to worry that they might know a student who submitted. Members who volunteer to help would receive these stories by Jan. 31, 2018, and likely sooner than that.

Read this story and much more news from UPPAA members in the UPPAA Fall 2017 Newsletter

 

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