ABA produces a series of events throughout the year, bringing together world-class ABA Education, indie-favorite authors, and non-stop bookseller networking. Unlimited potential results when booksellers actively connect with one another and share insights and information. Booksellers acquire new knowledge, skills, and resources to refresh themselves and their businesses.
ABC Children’s Institute (April 19–21, 2015)
A one day-plus educational event dedicated to children’s bookselling, featuring sessions, roundtables, special events, and author networking. ABC Group at ABA members have an exclusive registration period before the Institute is opended to the general ABA membership.
BookExpo America (BEA) (May 28–May 30, 2015)
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; the Hotel ABA, a specially priced hotel exclusively for ABA member booksellers; an ABA members-only lounge on the trade show floor; plus special events, and author autographing. During BookExpo America ABA holds its Town Hall and Annual meetings, and presents the Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch. ABA bookseller members typically receive a limited number of complimentary badges and discounted admission to BEA; there is no charge for ABA Education at BEA. Various special events are presented at BEA exclusively for ABC Group members.
Regional Trade Shows (September 18 through October 16, 2015)
At each fall regional trade show, ABA presents an evolving series of education sessions of topical interest. On the show floor, attendees can talk to ABA staff about general association information, and hear about new products and services.
Spring Regional Forums (March 11, 2015 through April 29, 2015)
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 (February 8–February 11, 2015)
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 owners and staff of ABA member bookstores. Most meals are provided for a modest fee; ABA arranges for a discounted hotel rate.