The Activities Begin Early

Bookstore Tours 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Seattle area is rich with fantastic bookstores of all sizes and specialties. Plan ahead—book your travel so you can enjoy a full- or half-day tour of some of the finest bookstores in the country. The schedule and details are here; sign up during registration. (Booksellers only, please.)

Advanced Learning Opportunities

Experienced booksellers, owners, and managers can take advantage of two unique learning sessions during Winter Institute.

Read more about each of the Advanced Learning Sessions, Managing the Changing Workplace, and Bookseller "Shark Tank": Pitch an Idea for Business Expansion , then indicate your interest when you register for Winter Institute. Booksellers must meet certain criteria to attend, and space is limited. Booksellers will be notified about placement in December.

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ABA Winter Institute 2014

January 21, 2014 to January 24, 2014
Seattle, WA

ABA Winter Institute 2014 Highlight Reel

Thank you, everyone, for a great Winter Institute! See you in 2015 for our 10th anniversary.

Wi10 will be held February 8—11, 2015 at The Omni Grove Park Inn, in Asheville, NC.

January 21—24, 2014 ∗ The Westin Seattle ∗ Seattle, WA

ABA's Winter Institute comes to the scenic Pacific Northwest! Join your independent bookselling colleagues in vibrant Seattle for three-plus days of networking, special events, and professional development.

The Winter Institute is open exclusively to Regular and Provisional ABA Members, and invited guests. Registration is capped at 500 booksellers and is first-come, first-served, with a maximum of three (3) registrants per member business. A wait list will be formed when the cap is reached. The 2014 Winter Institute conference fee is $79.99 per person and is nonrefundable.

New for 2014

  • Optional full- and half-day Seattle-area bookstore tours! 
  • Two Advanced Learning sessions for booksellers who meet certain criteria!

Sign-up for the store tours and/or indicate your interest in the Advanced Learning Sessions during registration.

Program Highlights

The Institute main program begins on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, with an evening reception at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company, sponsored by industry news publication Shelf-Awareness. Join your colleagues for these activities and more—

Author Receptions • Advanced Learning
Bookseller Brainstorming Groups • Consultation Station
Education Sessions • Guest Speakers • Networking and Parties
Publisher/Bookseller Focus Groups • Rep Picks Lunches
Specialty Breakfasts • The Galley Room

Visit the Program pages for day-by-day events and education.

Wi9 Hotel 

The Westin Seattle is located at 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. Hotel accommodations there are reserved for Winter Institute attendees only and are booked directly by attendees with the hotel. See the hotel information page for rates and details.


The Winter Institute is made possible by support from lead sponsor
Ingram Content Group, and from publishers large and small.


Featured Speakers

Goings On: The Seattle Gift Show

Visit the Seattle Gift Show 
January 18-21, 2014, at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

The Seattle Gift Show is a wholesale trade show for professional buyers of the gift and home furnishings industries. One form of personal identification and two forms of business identification will be required for admittance to the show.

To receive a complimentary admission and a lunch voucher, ABA members attending Winter Institute should email Buyer Relations Director Jhana Jordan.

Attention Prospective Booksellers!

Paz & Associates Bookstore Training Group is conducting a one-day seminar on bookstore fundamentals at the Westin Seattle on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 for ABA provisional members and employees of regular member stores. Find more details and registration here. Limited to two booksellers per ABA member company. (The Paz Seminar and the Winter Institute are separate registrations.)

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