Spring Regional Forums

    March 7, 2017 to April 20, 2017

    Each spring, ABA staff travels around the country to meet with member booksellers. These meetings, held in conjunction with the regional bookseller associations, are designed to provide an opportunity to share ideas, discuss industry issues, and receive updates on various association projects. The meetings are open to all booksellers – both ABA members and non-members. Each program will offer the ABA education session: Bookstores - An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery and an open forum discussion.  You will find a description of the session and a link to the handout  below.

    2017 Spring Forums (details will be added as they are confirmed)

    SIBA in the Springtime (Register through SIBA)
    Tuesday, March 7 - 1pm to 4pm
    The Crown Plaza - Airport
    1325 Virginia Ave
    Atlanta, GA

    Friday, March 10 - 11am to 2pm
    Busboys and Poets              
    1025 5th Street NW
    Washington, DC

    Wednesday, March 22 - 10am to 1pm
    Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown
    Elevation room
    1450 Glenarm Place
    Denver, CO

    Friday, March 24
    All About the Books  (Register through NEIBA)
    ABA education is from 1:30pm to 4pm
    First Parish Church
    3 Church Street
    Cambridge, MA

    Tuesday, March 28
    American Booksellers Association - 11am to 2pm
    Yellow Tower/South Building / Conference room lobby level
    333 Westchester Avenue
    White Plains, NY

    Friday, March 31 - 11:30am to 2:30pm
    The Garland Hotel
    4222 Vineland Avenue

    North Hollywood, CA


    Sunday, April 2
    Spring Workshop (Register through NCIBA)
    The Thoreau Center (Presidio National Park)
    1007 General Kennedy Ave
    San Francisco, CA

    Tuesday, April 4 - 11am to 2 pm
    Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach
    Multnomah room
    909 N Hayden Island Dr.

    Portland, OR

    3 pm to 5pm PNBA's Authors on the Map in the JB Lounge.


    Wednesday, April 19 - 11:30am to 3pm
    Schuler Books & Music
    2660 28th Street SE            
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Thursday, April 20 - 10:30am to 3:45pm
    1288 Summit Ave, #101
    Oconomowoc, WI 

    4pm to 5pm Author/Bookseller Reception at Books & Company at 1039 Summit Ave.

    Bookstores  - An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery
    In the current environment, customers are increasingly coming to bookstores for connection and communication, as well as for sources of a diverse range of voices and viewpoints. 

    In response to member bookstore feedback and requests, ABA will host a conversation led by a regional ABA board member, where booksellers will share ideas and brainstorm about how bookstores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore. 

    This will not be a traditional education session. It is designed to be an interactive discussion, where booksellers will participate in open communication and problem solving -- in both large and small groups -- to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities.