The New Localism: Advocating for a Stronger Local Community

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Greenway F/G

Building on the “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” study presented at Winter Institute 11 and the Spring Forums, ABA will reveal updated data from Civic Economics. After reviewing the new data, ABA staff and a bookstore expert will discuss how booksellers can communicate the New Localism message to and work more effectively with other independent retailers, elected officials, community members, local first organizations, and the media.​​

  • Beth Bergman, Owner, Wet Paint (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Richard Howorth, Square Books (Oxford, MS)
  • Dan Marshal, Owner, Mischief Toy Store (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Oren Teicher,  ABA (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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