Winter Institute

30 Jan

Wi13 Keynote: Gary Shteyngart on Why Books Matter

“Seeing so many booksellers in one place, it’s like taking a bath with a warm glass of milk in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other,” quipped author Gary Shteyngart at Winter Institute 13.

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25 Jan

Wi13 Keynote: Amy Webb on the Future of Bookselling

We all need to stop and think more carefully about our automated future, and that very much includes you,” said quantitative futurist Amy Webb to booksellers attending her Winter Institute keynote. 

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25 Jan

Wi13 Keynote: Sarah Jessica Parker on Championing Emerging Writers

In a live conversation at Winter Institute 13, actress Sarah Jessica Parker spoke with New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul about her new publishing imprint, SJP for Hogarth, and her love of reading. 

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25 Jan
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Topics of Diversity and Profitability Take Front Seat at Wi13 Town Hall

Booksellers at the January 24 Winter Institute Town Hall spoke about diversity in the industry, bookstore profitability, and the challenge of pre-orders, among other topics.

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25 Jan

PW Announces Finalists for Bookseller and Rep of the Year Awards

At the January 25 Small and University Presses Breakfast at Winter Institute 13, Publishers Weekly announced the shortlist for the 2018 PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year awards.

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25 Jan

Wi13 Keynote: Daniel Pink on Why There’s a Best Time for Everything

The bestselling author shared examples from medicine, zoology, and NBA basketball to show booksellers at Winter Institute why they should pay attention to timing when making decisions.

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25 Jan

Wi13 Keynote: Junot Díaz on the Importance of Representative Literature

Junot Díaz, author of the forthcoming children’s book Islandborn, appeared as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Winter Institute, where he spoke about the value of featuring people of color in children’s literature.

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24 Jan

Winter Institute Heads to Albuquerque in 2019

The 14th annual Winter Institute will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from January 22 to January 25, 2019.

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22 Jan

Booksellers Celebrate Indie Vitality at Energetic, Enthusiastic Winter Institute

The American Booksellers Association’s 13th annual Winter Institute will come to a close this evening after drawing a record number of booksellers, publishers, authors, and international guests to Memphis, Tennessee.

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22 Jan

Memphis Moments: Scenes From Wi13

The 13th annual Winter Institute was captured in photos by booksellers and ABA staff. Check out the Wi13 hashtag on social media and the selection of images here.

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17 Jan

Four Days in Memphis: A Suggested Itinerary

The pleasures of Memphis are many — rock ‘n’ roll, the blues, barbecue, and history — and the perfect backdrop for the pleasures and indulgences of ABA’s 2018 Winter Institute. Here’s a slightly opinionated overview from ABA Membership and Marketing Officer Meg Smith to help you navigate the busy, exciting days ahead.

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17 Jan

Wi13 Session to Offer Strategies for Fostering a Diverse Workforce

Booksellers will learn what diversity means for today’s workforce as well as discover how embracing inclusiveness can boost profitability.

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17 Jan
Gary Shteyngart

Wi13 Keynote Speaker Gary Shteyngart on His Forthcoming Novel, “Lake Success”

Bestselling author Gary Shteyngart, writer of the forthcoming novel Lake Success, will appear as a keynote speaker on the final day of this year’s Winter Institute in Memphis.

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17 Jan

Wi13 Presenter Morten Hansen on How to “Do Less, Then Obsess” at Work

Morten T. Hansen, author of the upcoming book Great at Work, will lead an advanced education session at Winter Institute to teach participating bookstore owners and managers how they can “work smarter.”

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17 Jan

Typewriter Fun Planned for Winter Institute

The first day of Winter Institute will feature fun with typewriters, including an appearance by custom poetry group Typewriter Rodeo and a chance to try out the typewriter from Literati Bookstore.

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