Northern, Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations Offer Update on Plans to Unify

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In a joint message from the Northern California and Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations, NCIBA President Michael Barnard and SCIBA President Maryelizabeth Yturralde detailed plans for unifying the two associations as “One California” (with a final name to be determined) following news of the upcoming dissolution of the Southern California group.

In the e-mail, the Yturralde and Barnard recommended that NCIBA Executive Director Calvin Crosby and Operations Director Ann Seaton immediately take charge of current business that affects the entire state, including filling board and committee positions as well as planning programming to serve the full membership, and that SCIBA Executive Director Andrea Vuleta wrap up the business of the organization by December 31.

In addition, both boards encouraged members of SCIBA to join the new One California association. Members of both regions were invited to join current association committees and task forces; the statewide advisory committee, which will provide input and serve as a sounding board for ideas and activities (sign up here); or the board of the new association (contact Crosby).

The transition committee, which can be reached at, consists of:

Booksellers who would like to participate in One California “office hours” can join Zoom calls on Wednesday mornings in October at 11:00 a.m. PT. E-mail Crosby for details and to sign up for the One California newsletter.