2009 Winter Institute - Set for Salt Lake City

    The host city of the 2002 Winter Olympics will now be the location for ABA's 2009 Annual Winter Institute. Wi4 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Thursday, January 29, through Sunday, February 1, at the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown.

    The Winter Institute is a two-and-a-half day education symposium, with classes on a wide range of topics crucial to the ever-changing business of bookselling. The event also includes plenty of face time with great authors.

    Wi3: Shop Local 'Dream Team' Discusses Localism Movement in America

    Beginning with optimism and ending with a standing ovation from the approximately 500 attendees, the Winter Institute keynote discussion on Shop Local and related movements was a fascinating overview about the importance of building alliances among locally owned independent businesses and changing consumers' mindsets regarding the importance of a healthy local economy.

    Enjoyable Education & Human Connections: Vroman's Kamimura on Wi3


    Robyn Kamimura

    By Robyn Kamimura, Assistant Promotional Director, Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, California

    Third Annual Winter Institute a Rousing Success

    By the time Saturday's closing reception at the American Booksellers Association's Third Annual Winter Institute (Wi3) was winding down, it was clear that booksellers and publishers attending the two-day educational event in Louisville, Kentucky, were very pleased.

    A Great Big Thank You

    The American Booksellers Association extends sincere thanks to all of its Winter Institute Partners whose support made last weekend's event such a success.

    Wi3: A Bookseller's Perspective

    By Tova Beiser, Trade Book & Promotions Manager, Brown University Bookstore

    The Winter Institute in Pictures

    The 500 independent booksellers who gathered at last weekend's Winter Institute participated in 24 education sessions; three keynote addresses; four Rep Picks sessions, which were repeated several times; three evening receptions, including one featuring 38 authors; and innumerable opportunities to socialize and network with colleagues.

    Wi3 Rep Picks: The Titles They Were Talking About

    Last week's Winter Institute included four Rep Picks sessions, which were repeated three times over the course of the two days. At each, representatives from six of Wi3's 24 Publisher Partners presented titles that independent booksellers can look forward to selling this spring. Here's a look at the lists of titles as provided by the publishers prior to the event. (The list is also available as a downloadable PDF.)

    The Winter Institute Begins

    As Bookselling This Week reaches your Inbox this Thursday, close to 500 ABA member booksellers are converging in Louisville, Kentucky, for the opening of the American Booksellers Association's Third Annual Winter Institute (Wi3).

    'It Was a Dark and Stormy Night in Louisville...'

    For fun, the 35-plus authors participating in the Winter Institute's (Wi3) Friday evening Author Reception were asked to add 25 to 50 words to the sentence "It was a dark and stormy night in Louisville, and the room was filled with 500 independent booksellers from all over the country."

    Here are the 19 very entertaining responses to date -- which clearly demonstrate just why these authors are among independent booksellers' favorites:

    Wi3 Miscellany: Information to Help You Make the Most of Next Week's Event

    It's now just a week before ABA-member booksellers head to Louisville, Kentucky, for the Third Annual Winter Institute.

    James Lichtenberg to Demystify RFID at Wi3

    Around Louisville: Top Attractions & Downtown-Area Restaurants

    Louisville, Kentucky, the host city for next week's Winter Institute, offers visitors a wide range of events and attractions -- everything from historical sites and distillery tours to steamboat rides and a world-class zoo, from the state science center to the Derby and Louisville Slugger museums, and much, much more.

    Like Moths to a Flame: Wi3 Keynote Danny Meyer on How to Attract Customers

    A Change in Wi3 Plans? ABA Needs to Know

    The American Booksellers Association is asking booksellers who want to cancel their Winter Institute hotel reservations at the Louisville Marriott Downtown to contact ABA Program Assistant Margaret Nafz (Margaret@bookweb.org) before doing so to allow booksellers on the waiting list to fill their place

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