Small stores can have a large impact on the community and the literary world. This session will focus on the things small stores are doing to become successful retailers and stars in their community.
Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA); Marlene England, Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD); Veronica Liu, Word Up Community Bookshop (New York, NY); Moderated by Lacy Simons, hello hello books (Rockland, ME)
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.