IndieBound Info Sessions Set for July [4]

As BTW [5] reported in June [5], American Booksellers Association staff members are taking to the road this summer for a series of IndieBound [6] information sessions, where they'll answer questions, share ideas, and help booksellers position their stores to take full advantage of the many opportunities that this exciting new movement affords.

Here are the 10 gatherings on the schedule for the remaining weeks in July.

Great Lakes Area

ABA and the Great Lakes Booksellers Association [7] invite area bookstore owners and staff to a series of shoptalks in July, focusing on how to incorporate IndieBound in your store and your community. In addition, each GLBA session will include a preview of Paperback Dreams, a PBS documentary about independent bookstores, over lunch, and a discussion about independent community-building through independent business alliances and via technology.

  • Tuesday, July 22
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Path Books and Art [8] (2242 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115; 216-774-0470)

  • Wednesday, July 23
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Zanzibar [9] (216 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104; 734-994-7777)

  • Thursday, July 24
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Anderson's Book Fair Warehouse [10] (520 N. Exchange Court, Aurora, Illinois 60504; 630-820-0044)

Booksellers planning to attend a gathering are asked to RSVP to joanj@books-glba.org [11] or 800-745-2460.

Northern California

ABA and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association [12] invite bookstore owners and staff to participate in one of four IndieBound information sessions, open to all ABA and NCIBA members.

  • Wednesday, July 23
    Noon - 2:00 p.m., a South Bay gathering at Books Inc., Mountain View [13] (301 Castro Street, off Hwy. 85 between 101 and 280, Mountain View; 650-428-1234) NCIBA is encouraging booksellers to arrive a bit early and grab a takeout lunch in the area to bring to the meeting. There's a cafe/bakery on the second floor of the Books Inc. building, and here's list of some other local establishments [14].

  • Thursday, July 24
    9:45 a.m. - 11:15 p.m., an East Bay gatherings at the offices of Pandora's Books (the offices for Pegasus and Pendragon Books [15] at 1223 8th Street, off Gilman, Berkeley; 510-528-3254)

    2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., a San Francisco gathering at NCIBA's Office [16] (At the Presidio, 1007 General Kennedy Avenue, San Francisco; 415-561-7686)

  • Friday, July 25
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., a North Bay gathering at River Reader (16355 Main Street, Guerneville; 707-869-2240)

Booksellers planning to attend a gathering are asked to RSVP to NCIBA at office@nciba.com [17].

Madison, Wisconsin

ABA and the Midwest Booksellers Association [18] invite bookstore owners and staff to participate in an IndieBound information session, open to all ABA and MBA members.

  • Friday, July 25
    10:00 a.m. - Noon at the Wisconsin Historical Society [19] (Murphy Board Room, 3rd Floor, 816 State Street on the lower campus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Booksellers who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP to MBAofficeKT@aol.com [20].

Phoenix, Arizona

ABA invites bookstore owners and staff to participate in an IndieBound information session at ABA President Gayle Shanks' Changing Hands Bookstore.

  • Monday, July 28
    4:00 p.m. -5:15 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore [21] (6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, Arizona; 480-730-0205)

Booksellers who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP to ABA's Chief Marketing Officer Meg Smith at meg@bookweb.org [22].

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ABA and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association [23] invite bookstore owners and staff to participate in an IndieBound information session, open to all ABA and NAIBA members.

  • Monday, July 28
    6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the Connan Room of the University Center at Carnegie Mellon [24] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Booksellers who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP to info@naiba.com [25] or 516-333-0681.

Look for announcements about August's meetings in next week's edition of BTW. And read this week's column by Guinevere Platt [26] on last week's series of IndieBound info sessions in Southern California.

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