President Barack Obama, an avid supporter of independent bookstores and bestselling author of the recent memoir A Promised Land (Crown), will open the 2021 Winter Institute with a personal video message to independent booksellers.
The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors heard from President Jamie Fiocco on her activities on behalf of the association and from CEO Allison Hill on her activities since the last full board meeting.
Booksellers have until Friday to register for Winter Institute, which will feature bestselling authors Lauren Groff, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Colson Whitehead, as well as futurist and author David Johnson.
The webinar, which will last approximately one hour, will cover PPP reauthorization and important changes, advance grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, SBA Debt Relief Program, and more.
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.