Here’s a plan for getting the most out of Winter Institute 10, from the Sunday Indie Retail Crawl and Opening Reception to the final packed day of education and the Small and University Press Authors Closing Reception.
Booksellers looking for a better understanding of their current point-of-sale system and those looking for a new one, are encouraged to attend the Winter Institute’s “Roundtable Discussion on POS Systems” and to visit with POS vendors participating in the Consultation Station.
Cecilia Ekbäck is the author of Wolf Winter, a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors. “Ekbäck’s intriguing tale of Sweden’s Lapland in 1717 gives insight into the land and people of the far north and is also hard to let go,” said Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction.
Winter Institute 10 registrants who need to cancel or make changes to their reservations at the Grove Park Inn or the Renaissance Asheville Hotel should contact their respective hotels as soon as possible.
Registration for the 2015 ABC Children’s Institute is now open through February 1 exclusively to members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA. On February 2, registration will open to all ABA bookseller members.
Booksellers making plans to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, 2015, should place their orders now for limited-edition, literary-themed merchandise developed by publishers exclusively for the event. Orders are due by February 1.
U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has circulated draft sales tax fairness legislation that would ask most states to radically change their sales tax systems, according to media reports.
Publishers Weekly is seeking nominations for its annual PW Bookstore and PW Sales Rep of the Year awards, which were created more than two decades ago to honor the country’s best independent booksellers and sales representatives.
A financial consultant, a banker, and a credit union representative will present different perspectives on what it takes to secure financing for a planned expansion or special project at a bookstore during the Wi10 panel “How to Work With Your Bank: What You Need to Know.”
Winter Institute attendees can kick off and end their stays in Asheville with customized tours of the Biltmore Estate and historic Asheville. Both tours are being offered on Sunday, February 8, and Thursday, February 12; however, advance ticket purchases are required.
Dan Gemeinhart is the author of The Honest Truth, a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce New Voices selection for children. Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction called The Honest Truth “a touching read” about a young boy in need of a miracle.
Phoenix Books to open third location; BookPeople of Moscow to take readers to Italy; Idaho booksellers offer favorite picks on local TV; Old Firehouse Books wins signing with Neil Gaiman; La Casa Azul Bookstore awarded $150,000 Mission Main Street Grant; Ken White to leave Books Inc.