From Sunday, March 25, through Wednesday, March 28, ABA will be hosting three Booksellers Forums on the West Coast. Each will feature an open discussion of industry issues and “The Best of Winter Institute 7’s Best Practices Sessions.”
ABA will reach the mid-point on its spring Booksellers Forum tour with events in Wichita, Kansas, and Denver, Colorado, on March 22 and 23, respectively. ABA member and non-member booksellers are invited to attend.
In her bimonthly letter to members, ABA President Becky Anderson writes about the past holiday season, Ann Patchett’s recent appearance on The Cobert Report, last month’s Winter Institute, and this spring’s Booksellers Forums.
On March 8, representatives of ABA (Board members and senior staff) will be hitting the road for the first in this year’s series of 10 spring Booksellers Forums. These open forums are designed to provide member booksellers with the opportunity to share ideas, discuss industry issues, and receive updates on various association projects. Each will also feature an educational session drawn from the recently concluded Winter Institute.
ABA’s schedule of 11 Booksellers Forums, which began on February 24 and continues with four more forums in the next week, will come to end on April 26, with a program in conjunction with NAIBA at Talking Leaves … Books in Buffalo, New York.
Between April 3 - 6, ABA will host Booksellers Forums in San Francisco, in conjunction with NCIBA; in New York City, in conjunction with NAIBA; and in Medford, Massachusetts, in conjunction with NEIBA.
ABA will host a Booksellers Forum on March 30 in conjunction with SCIBA’s Spring Meeting and on March 31 in conjunction with PNBA. The Southern California meeting will also feature a Sales Tax Fairness Workshop, appropriate for all indie retailers in the state.
Upcoming in March are ABA Booksellers Forums in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; Atlanta, Georgia; Salt Lake City, Utah; Manhattan Beach, California; and Lake Forest Park, Washington. Here’s a look at ABA’s program in Atlanta, in conjunction with SIBA, and in Salt Lake, in conjunction with MPIBA.
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.