Winter Institute 2021 Program

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Sessions marked with this symbol feature American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services provided by Handwriter Ink. Brought to you in part by Biblio.com and The Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021  

11:00 am to 5:00 pm ET

This is a one-day seminar for anyone interested in owning a bookstore. Students will receive a crash course on the essentials of owning a new bookstore or buying an existing one. The workshop is open to ABA Provisional members and owners or employees of Regular member stores, and is limited to three booksellers per ABA member company. Registrants receive free admission to Winter Institute. ($35 value) Registrants interested in purchasing a copy of Owning a Bookstore: The Essential Planning Guide may do so at the discounted rate of $149 (reg. $189). All too often, stores are being opened whose owners have little idea of just how much is involved in running a successful and sustainable business. The Guide poses some critical questions to help define goals, it speaks to the number of different hats an owner has to wear, and provides the tools and resources an owner needs to make informed decisions. The content expands on topics covered in the workshop to help minimize false starts while maximizing success in launching a sustainable bookstore business. Register for the workshop here.

Thursday, February 18, 2021  

9:00 am to 6:15 pm ET

Visit the Expo area of the Hopin platform to learn more about participating publishers and ABA business partners. Publisher booths will be live on Day 1 and Day 2, and Business Partner booths will be live on Day 2 and Day 3. View the list of Wi16 Publisher Partner Sponsors here.

9:00 am to 10:30 am ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

10:30 am to 11:30 am ET

Announcement to come!

11:30 am to 11:35 am ET

Enjoy a brief poetry reading in the break between sessions.

11:35 am to 12:00 pm ET

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

Switching to a remote customer experience — curbside pickup, FaceTime hand-selling, online orders, etc. — can create a challenge to providing a successful and cohesive customer experience. This session will showcase creative ways that booksellers and other retailers have succeeded and even improved the customer experience in this new hybrid retail world.

1:00 pm to 1:05 pm ET

Enjoy a brief poetry reading in the break between sessions.

1:05 pm to 1:30 pm ET

1:30 pm to 3:20 pm ET

We have set aside this time for you to visit with reps from more than 25 publishers in their Expo Booths.

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET

Led by Amber Cabral, author of Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture (Wiley Press), in conversation with Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, authors of Did That Just Happen?!: Beyond “Diversity” ― Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations (Beacon Press), this session will guide booksellers in recognizing harmful practices and creating necessary steps around dismantling a culture of white supremacy in the workplace.

4:30 pm to 4:35 pm ET

Enjoy a brief poetry reading in the break between sessions.

4:35 pm to 5:00 pm ET

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET

6:10 pm to 6:55 pm ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

We are so sad that we can't be together in person, but we are incredibly excited to see you! In this virtual hangout at the end of Day 1, booksellers are invited to meet and mingle. Rooms will be set up so booksellers and publishers can gather in smaller groups and catch up with each other and ABA staff.

6:55 pm to 7:05 pm ET

7:05 pm to 8:05 pm ET

If you missed today’s live keynote session (or if you want to enjoy it again), then join us for the evening broadcast of the morning conversation. Although this is not a live event, the chat will be open so you can connect with colleagues and attendees.

8:05 pm to 9:05 pm ET

This is a meetup for BIPOC — Black, Indigenous, or People of Color — Wi16 attendees to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking. This meetup will be hosted by a member of the ABA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, and ABA staff will not be in attendance. Wi16 attendees interested in participating should email info@bookweb.org for the Zoom information. Please note: This meetup has a session-specific password, so please email for details.

Friday, February 19, 2021  

9:00 am to 6:00 pm ET

Visit the Expo area of the Hopin platform to learn more about participating publishers and ABA business partners. Publisher booths will be live on Day 1 and Day 2, and Business Partner booths will be live on Day 2 and Day 3. *Names of participating companies to come. View the list of Wi16 Publisher Partner Sponsors here. View the list of Wi16 Business Partners here.

9:00 am to 10:30 am ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

10:30 am to 11:30 am ET

Announcement to come!

11:30 am to 12:50 pm ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

11:30 am to 11:35 am ET

Enjoy a brief poetry reading in the break between sessions.

11:35 am to 11:50 am ET

11:50 am to 12:50 pm ET

For many stores, 2020 was the most difficult business year in decades, and 2021 will present many ongoing challenges. This interactive session will help you plan for success by focusing on a few key topics: monitoring or creating your budget, responding to changing business conditions, managing your cash flow, and monitoring important benchmarking data to track your progress and meet your yearly goals. This session will have a workshop portion where you will create the template for building your annual budget.

12:50 pm to 1:00 pm ET

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET

Each Rep Picks room will have 4 to 6 publishers presenting their top picks from upcoming seasons. Publisher reps will be available in the chat to answer questions throughout their presentations. Booksellers will be assigned Rep Picks time slots and rooms based on their choices when filling out the Wi16 registration form. Assigned rooms will appear in the “Sessions” area of the Hopin platform a few minutes before the session starts. Rep Picks title packets will be available for download prior to the event.

2:30 pm to 2:40 pm ET

2:40 pm to 3:40 pm ET

Independent bookstores have seen massive online sales growth since March 2020. How are stores managing order fulfillment, customer support, shipping, returns, and all the other complexities of running a busy ecommerce website — while running a bookstore?

This session will explore how bookstores are successfully fulfilling their online sales. The panel will consist of booksellers from small and large stores who are managing high-volume online sales on a variety of ecommerce-enabled platforms. Topics will include what they learned over the past year as well as shortcuts and tips that are making their lives easier. The panel will be moderated by Senior Manager of IndieCommerce Geetha Nathan. There will also be time allotted for Q&A. If you are struggling with managing your store's online orders or looking for tips to make things easier, this session is definitely for you.

3:40 pm to 3:45 pm ET

Enjoy a brief poetry reading in the break between sessions.

3:45 pm to 3:55 pm ET

3:55 pm to 5:25 pm ET

Each Rep Picks room will have 4 to 6 publishers presenting their top picks from upcoming seasons. Publisher reps will be available in the chat to answer questions throughout their presentations. Booksellers will be assigned Rep Picks time slots and rooms based on their choices when filling out the Wi16 registration form. Assigned rooms will appear in the “Sessions” area of the Hopin platform a few minutes before the session starts. Rep Picks title packets will be available for download prior to the event.

5:25 pm to 5:45 pm ET

5:45 pm to 6:45 pm ET

The romance genre has been a longtime reader favorite and can often turn a romance reader into a repeat customer for bookstores that invest in curating a romance selection for their stores. This session will celebrate LGBTQ+ romance with some of today’s essential young adult and adult LGBTQ+ authors, who will discuss the importance and value of creating stories about love, talk about the importance of representation, and look at how everyone can work to expand readership of these titles outside of the LGBTQ+ community to drive sales.

6:45 pm to 7:30 pm ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

Visit various rooms to mingle with authors and ask questions about their new books. Sample room categories may include: Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Debut Authors, and more!

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm ET

If you missed the live keynote session today (or if you want to enjoy it again), then join us for the evening broadcast of the morning conversation. Although this is not a live event, the chat will be open so you can connect with colleagues and attendees.

Saturday, February 20, 2021  

9:00 am to 5:45 pm ET

Visit the Expo area of the Hopin platform to learn more about participating publishers and ABA business partners. Publisher booths will be live on Day 1 and Day 2, and Business Partner booths will be live on Day 2 and Day 3. *Names of participating companies to come. View the list of Wi16 Business Partners here.

9:00 am to 10:30 am ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

10:30 am to 11:30 am ET

Announcement to come!

11:30 am to 11:35 am ET

Enjoy a brief poetry reading in the break between sessions.

11:35 am to 12:00 pm ET

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET

“Neurodiverse” is a label that covers a multitude of neurological variations, including autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and ADHD, for example. If you identify as neurodiverse, have neurodiverse staff or customers, or are simply interested in learning more about neurodiversity in the workplace, this session is for you. A panel of experts will discuss benefits neurodiverse staff bring to a workplace, challenges, and how to remove potential friction points to enable staff to achieve their potential.

1:00 pm to 1:10 pm ET

1:10 pm to 2:40 pm ET

Each Rep Picks room will have 4 to 6 publishers presenting their top picks from upcoming seasons. Publisher reps will be available in the chat to answer questions throughout their presentations. Booksellers will be assigned Rep Picks time slots and rooms based on their choices when filling out the Wi16 registration form. Assigned rooms will appear in the “Sessions” area of the Hopin platform a few minutes before the session starts. Rep Picks title packets will be available for download prior to the event.

2:40 pm to 3:00 pm ET

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Join John Kelly, Senior HR Consultant for Pinnacle Human Resources, as he highlights best practices for managing staff in the age of COVID. Kelly will cover subjects such as: safety policies, contingency plans, COVID-related hiring practices, work from home best practices, remote employees, COVID vaccination requirements, and new labor law requirements. In addition, he’ll speak to the importance of your employee manual and how to incorporate these changes into it, and offer an employee manual template for those just getting started.

4:00 pm to 4:15 pm ET

4:15 pm to 5:00 pm ET

Visit various rooms to mingle with authors and ask questions about their new books. Sample room categories may include: Literary Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Debut Authors, and more!

5:00 pm to 5:10 pm ET

5:00 pm to 7:05 pm ET

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Registration will open in February.

5:10 pm to 5:55 pm ET

Stand by for details on an exciting way to support the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation by joining an ABA-sponsored fundraising event.

6:05 pm to 7:05 pm ET

If you missed the live keynote session today (or if you want to enjoy it again), then join us for the evening broadcast of the morning conversation. Although this is not a live event, the chat will be open so you can connect with colleagues and attendees.

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.

Contact

PRESS CONTACTS: Dan Cullen (dan@bookweb.org) and Allison Hill (allisonhill@bookweb.org)

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