ABA produces a series of events throughout the year, bringing together world-class ABA Education, authors, and bookseller networking. Booksellers actively connect with one another and share insights and information, and the necessary resources to refresh themselves and their businesses.
ABC Children’s Institute (June 21–23, 2016)
A one-plus day educational event dedicated to children’s bookselling, featuring sessions, roundtables, special events, and author networking. ABC Group members have an exclusive registration period before the Institute is opened to the general ABA membership.
BookExpo America (BEA) (May 11–May 13, 2016)
Presented by Reed Expositions, BEA is the largest English-language book industry event in the world, with over 2,000 publisher exhibits and a wide variety of education and networking opportunities. ABA offers the Hotel ABA, a specially priced hotel exclusively for ABA member booksellers, an ABA members-only lounge, and author autographing. ABA holds its Town Hall and Annual meetings at the show, and presents the Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch. ABA bookseller members receive complimentary badges. ABA produces various special events exclusively for Regular and ABC Group members.
Regional Trade Shows (2016 dates TBA)
At each fall regional trade show, ABA presents an evolving series of education sessions of topical interest. Attendees can talk to ABA staff about general association information, and hear about new products and services.
Spring Regional Forums (March 1, 2016 to April 19, 2016)
Held every spring in conjunction with regional booksellers associations, the spring forums provide opportunities for ABA members to receive updates on the association's programs and initiatives, to voice their concerns, and to offer input on the future direction of ABA. ABA offers education sessions at these events.
Winter Institute (January 23–26, 2016)
An intensive three-day education program comprised of innovative education sessions, roundtables, author events, and networking opportunities with booksellers, publishers, and industry vendors. Exclusively for ABA member bookstores. Most meals are provided for a modest fee; ABA arranges for a discounted hotel rate.