ABFE Presents, It Could Happen To You: Booksellers Confront Free Speech Emergencies

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:20 AM to 11:45 AM EST

Bookstores are frequently the target of protests sparked by the books they sell and the authors they host.  In this session, you will learn what you need to know to respond quickly and effectively to free speech emergencies and local controversies.  Panelists will describe how they have dealt with First Amendment challenges and share the important lesson they learned: that the overwhelming majority of customers value free expression and will support their local bookstore.

  • Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL)
  • Susan McAnelly, Browseabout Books (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
  • Chris Finan, President, American Booksellers for Free Expression (Moderator)

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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