Join ABA for a Q&A With Left Bank Books on Bookselling During Race-Related Protests

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All booksellers are invited to join a special session of the American Booksellers Association’s Coffee Break series that will feature Kris Kleindienst and Cliff Helm of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri, who will discuss their past and present experience as a store in the center of race-related protests.

Booksellers are encouraged to attend to ask questions about topics related to the antiracism protests, from operational needs during riots to their store’s responsibility to its community. Left Bank Books will speak to the store’s experience in St. Louis during these days following the murder of George Floyd, as well as their experience following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. 

The live forum will take place tomorrow, June 4, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. 

ABA launched this live Coffee Break series in March, and have added this special session to respond to the current needs of member stores. The meeting ID and password will be emailed to all members an hour before the event. Booksellers who do not have the Zoom meeting ID and password can email to get details.

These sessions are an open forum; the opinions expressed are those of the individual participants, not of ABA. Meetings are recorded, and information discussed is reflective of the time of the recording. Recordings of each session can be found under the Education section on (a username and password are required).