Spring Regional Forums

    March 1, 2016 to April 19, 2016

    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 offers an ABA education session and an open forum discussion.

    The 2016 Spring Forums will feature a new education session based on the Civic Economics report “Amazon and Empty Storefronts: The Fiscal and Land Use Impact of Online Retail,” released in January at Winter Institute. During the session “Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do,” ABA will report on the study’s findings and provide important resources and data to empower everyone connected with independent bookselling to communicate the “new” localism message to colleagues, customers, community members, elected officials, and the media.

    2016 Spring Forums

    ·  Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1–2: At the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia; with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
    The Westin Peachtree Plaza
    210 Peachtree St. NW
    Atlanta, GA

    ·  Friday, March 4: In Portland, Oregon; with the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    1624 NE Hancock
    Portland, OR

    ·  Sunday, March 6: At the Beverly Garland Hotel in Los Angeles, California; with the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
    Beverly Garland
    4222 Vineland Ave,
    North Hollywood, CA

    ·  Monday, March 14: Chicago, Illinois; with the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association
    Downtown Naperville Alliance
    Main Promenade

    55 South Main Street
    Chamber Conference Room A
    Naperville, IL

    ·  Wednesday, March 16: At the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minnesota; with the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
    Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
    1300 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN

    ·  Friday, March 18: Boston, Massachusetts; with the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s All About the Books
    First Parish Church
    3 Church Street
    Harvard Square
    Cambridge, MA

    ·  Friday, April 8: Boulder, Colorado, with the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association
    Boulder Creek Meeting Room
    Boulder Public Library
    1001 Arapahoe Avenue
    Boulder, Colorado  

    ·  Sunday, April 10: San Francisco, California, with the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
    NCIBA office
    The Thoreau Center (Presidio National Park)
    1007 General Kennedy Ave.
    San Francisco, CA

    ·  Tuesday, April 19: New York, New York, with the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
    Offices of Arendt Fox
    1675 Broadway, (Between 52nd & 53th)
    Conference room 34C/D
    New York, NY