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 (April 19–21, 2015)
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 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. 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.
Human Resources Workshop (October 1, 2015 in Portland, OR and October 6 & 7, 2015 in Providence, RI)
A new, in-depth education event covering all aspects of HR for small businesses. The workshop will be presented by Dr. John Sherlock, Director, Master of Science HR Program at Western Carolina University, a knowledgeable and energetic advocate for HR education. The Workshop will cover recruiting, employee training and development — addressing performance problems — and understanding organizational culture, and it will conclude with a discussion of workplace policies and the legal side of HR. Booksellers will spend the last 45 minutes putting it all together by creating an HR strategy and action plan. Presented twice during the fall regional trade show season.
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. 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 (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.