• Baltimore, Maryland
    January 21-24, 2020
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The American Booksellers Association’s 15th annual Winter Institute (Wi15) will bring hundreds of independent booksellers from stores across the country together with publishers and authors for four days of education, networking, and special events. 

The event will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, located at 401 West Pratt St. in Baltimore, Maryland. A few events, including the Publisher Focus Groups and the Scholastic Meet & Treat Afterparty, will take place across the street, at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, located at 110 South Eutaw St.

For questions about accessibility or to make a request, contact ABA Meetings & Planning Officer Jill Perlstein at (914) 406-7542 or jill@bookweb.org.


New This Year: A Winter Institute Day Pass option will be available for Friday, January 24, for $75. The day pass will grant booksellers attendance to all Winter Institute programming that day, plus the Author Reception on Thursday, January 23, at 5:15 pm. A limited number of hotel rooms will be available at the Marriott Inner Harbor Baltimore for those who arrive on Thursday. This room block will open on October 1 at 1:00 pm EDT. Hotel details will be sent to attendees who have purchased a day pass.

Any questions about Winter Institute can be directed to winterinstitute@bookweb.org.

ABA encourages all Winter Institute attendees to review the association’s code of conduct ahead of the event.




REGISTRATION TIMELINE: Sept. 11: Winter Institute Program; Sept. 18: Winter Institute Registration Opens (including a new day pass option); Oct. 1: Winter Institute Room Block Opens at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor; Oct. 29: Registration opens for special programming at Winter Institute

Winter Institute Keynote Speakers


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.




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