Winter Institute

11 Feb

A Big Thank You to Our Winter Institute Sponsors

On behalf of all of the bookseller attendees at this year's Winter Institute, the American Booksellers Association would like to again thank Event Sponsor Ingram Book Company and Ingram Publisher Services, and all of the publisher and other sponsors for their generous support of Wi4.

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10 Feb

Reflections on the Winter Institute

By Susan Richmond of Inklings Bookshop in Yakima, Washington

Salt Lake City is beautiful. The snow-covered mountains just seem to hold the city like protective hands. Everything downtown points to the LDS Temple and their grounds are impressive. We did a little walking around, but didn't get a tour. Some in our group were able to sit-in on the Thursday night rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and they said it was very impressive.

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05 Feb

Wi4: A Revitalizing Mix of Education, Inspiration & Fun

Despite a bruised national economy, snow-covered runways and canceled flights, even a virulent flu, last week hundreds of indie booksellers made their way to ABA's Fourth Annual Winter Institute in Salt Lake City for two and a half days of education, peer interaction, and professional rejuvenation.

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05 Feb

Pre-Winter Institute Local First Conference Wows

On Thursday, January 29, more than 200 people gathered for ABA's Pre-Winter Institute Conference on Local First/Shop Local Initiatives in Salt Lake City, Utah. The full day of programming provided attendees an opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced leaders in the IBA community, who shared their experiences creating and sustaining successful programs.

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04 Feb

Wi4: Publishing Leaders on the State of the Industry

Moderator Roxanne Coady began last week's Winter Institute keynote event by reminding the three panelists that an independent bookstore is a business, not "a great pet." Coady, the founder, president, and CEO of R.J.

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29 Jan

ABA's Winter Institute Begins in Salt Lake City

As Bookselling This Week arrives in your inbox this Thursday, ABA members and Local First advocates have convened at the pre-Winter Institute Conference on Local First/Shop Local Initiatives and hundreds more booksellers are checking-in at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown for the main event, the Read More

28 Jan

Terry Tempest Williams on the Power of Community, the Need for Diversity, and Local First Initiatives

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21 Jan

Salt Lake County Mayor to Speak About Local First Efforts

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21 Jan

An Invitation to Wi4's Opening Reception

Tony Weller extends a personal invitation to an opening reception at Sam Weller's Books for booksellers participating in next week's Winter Institute. The bookstore is within walking distance of the hotel, and walking maps will be available at ABA's Welcome Desk.

Dear Winter Institute Booksellers:

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21 Jan

Wi4 Panel to Shed Light on E-Fairness Initiatives & How to Lobby State Government

Following the recent New York State court decision that dismissed Amazon.com's challenge to New York's Internet Sale Tax provision -- which ensures that online retailers collect mandated sales tax -- the Winter Institute session focusing on how booksellers can work to effect important legislative and political change is even more timely.

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15 Jan

38 Authors to Autograph at Wi4 Reception

The first full day of educational programming at ABA's Fourth Annual Winter Institute (Wi4), sponsored by Ingram Book Company/Ingram Publisher Services, will culminate in a celebratory reception featuring 38 authors, including both well-known indie favorites and exciting new voices.

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14 Jan

Emerging Leaders Invited to Wi4 Cocktail Reception

Booksellers 40 and under are invited to an Emerging Leaders Cocktail Reception sponsored by Unbridled Books on Friday night, January 30, at ABA's Winter Institute.

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14 Jan

A Salt Lake Walking Tour, Restaurant Tips & More

Booksellers arriving in Salt Lake City for this month's Winter Institute can look forward to an abundance of information from the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau on local activities, attractions, restaurants, ski resorts, and more.

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22 Dec

A Change in Your Wi4 Plans? ABA Needs to Know

The American Booksellers Association is asking members who no longer need their Winter Institute registration to let the education team know as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

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18 Dec

Wi4 Transportation Tips

With airfare at its lowest point in nearly a decade, now is an ideal time for booksellers who haven't already booked their flights to the ABA Winter Institute in Salt Lake City to shop around for the best prices.

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