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Conference Schedule

NAIBA Fall Conference

 Crowne Plaza Hotel

2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Friday, October 6, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017

Speakers and Authors being added daily. Check back to see what is new



Owner’s Retreat on Friday afternoon.

Children’s Book Buyers Retreat on Friday afternoon.

Table themes at ticketed events: Watch for suggested discussion topics on each table so the learning and sharing never ends. If you have ideas for topics, email NAIBA.

Friday, October 6

2:00 – 6:00pm Bookstore tour (ticketed event)

We will host two smaller bookstore tours this year, one into Philadelphia and one to the suburban stores. Details to be posted soon. Free, but advance reservation required. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor

2:00 – 6:00pm Owner’s Retreat  (ticketed event)

The winter retreats are so popular, we will host one at the Fall Conference. Agenda items (and email NAIBA to add your own ideas) include bookkeeping issues; how we spend our time and money; hiring and diversity; handling burn-out in ourselves and in our staff. Free, but advance reservation required

2:00 – 6:00pm  Children’s Book Buyer Retreat (ticketed event)

This event is education for both booksellers and publishers. We have four guest publishers, HarperCollins, Scholastic, PenguinRandomHouse, and Hachette, who will split these four hours to share upcoming titles to get bookseller input, and to learn how booksellers are doing with children’s books. This is an opportunity to exchange ideas and share frontline experiences with children’s books.  Free, but advance reservation required

2:00 – 7:00pm  Exhibitor Set-up

7:30 – 9:30pm Preview Supper (ticketed event)

MC: David Litt, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years (HarperCollins)

Elizabeth Acevedo, Poet X (HarperCollins)

Eileen Myles, Afterglow (a dog memoir), (Grove Atlantic)

Peter Sis, Robinson (Scholastic)

Eric Velasquez, About Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (Candlewick)

Saturday, October 7

8:00 – 9:15am Author Breakfast (ticketed event)

Cressida Cowell, The Wizards of Once (Little Brown Young Reader)

Barnard King, Game Face: A Lifetime of Hard-Earned Lessons On and Off The Court (DaCapo)

(Three more authors to be announced)

9:00am - 6:00pm IndieCommerce One-on-One appointments (sign up information to come)

9:30 – 10:30am Keynote Session:  The Angles of Advocacy

Everyone can be an advocate. Take a cause that is important to your store, whether it is better parking, tax fairness, or monopolies, and publicly express your concerns, the negative effects, and propose solutions. In this session, you will learn how to position your cause and how to approach those with the power to make a change. Speakers include Tom Lowenburg, co-owner, Octavia Books, New Orleans

10:45am – 12:15pm Editors Buzz

(Adult editors will be the first half, followed by the children’s editors)

10:45am – 12:15pm Maximizing Backlist

A bookstore’s frontlist sales — which are spurred by handselling, current events, reviews, and media coverage — are essential. But when it comes to bottom-line profits, backlist titles with proven track records can be an equal, and potentially more manageable, asset. In this session, ABA senior staff and board members will explore proven ways to market, promote, and sell backlist titles. The session will include a discussion of advantageous backlist terms now being offered by some publishers as well as best practices for successfully managing your store’s cash flow and return on investment.

12:30 – 2:00pm Publishers Pick of the Lists Lunch

2:00 – 6:00pm Publishers Marketplace

          4:30pm – Docents tour: This year we will begin the tour outside the exhibit hall with a brief presentation by the three docents. Docents will then take small groups into the exhibit hall to visit publisher tables.

6:00 – 7:00pm Independent Press Author Reception

7:00pm – 9:00pm  Awards Banquet (ticketed event)


Legacy Award Winner: Richard Ford, Between Them: Remembering My Parents (Ecco)

Carla Cohen Free Speech Award to Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley for I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Presentation of the: Kristin Keith Sales Rep of the Year Award; Drabyak Handseller of the Year Award; Dashiell Hammett Prize; and the Books of the Year

9:00 – 11:00pm Author Reception sponsored by Ingram

Sunday, October 8

8:00 – 9:15am NAIBA Annual Meeting & Author Breakfast (ticketed event)

Ryan T. Higgins, Bruce’s Big Move (Disney)

(Four more authors to be announced)

Sunday Education Sessions

9:30am – 12:15pm

Budgeting for a Bookselling Career: This all-morning session is for those frontline booksellers with the desire to make bookselling a career. The first half will feature a financial planner to discuss living on a bookseller’s salary and how to save for the future. That future could be owning a store. The second half of the morning, featuring the team from Paz & Associates, will look at the finances of a bookstore, how to get loans, how much starting capital you will need, and the financial reality of being a bookstore owner.

9:30 – 10:45am

Staff Management: The right staff makes the world of difference in the success of the store. This session will tackle issues such as training, staff manuals, employee incentives & benefits. We’ll even talk about how to motivate staff to take some initiative, as well as doing the basic required, if often unpleasant, tasks in a retail store. Speakers: Angela Maria Spring, owner, Duende District Bookstore; Donna Wells, manager, Politics & Prose

Handselling By the Pros: Winners of NAIBA’s Drabyak Handseller of the Year award will share the ways they passionately put the right books in the right hands. Speakers: Rob Dougherty, manager, Clinton Bookshop; Alicia Michielli, assistant manager, Talking Leaves…Books; Ellen Mager, owner, Booktenders Secret Garden

Successful School Visits with an Author: A bookseller and an author walk into a school…this is no joke, but a serious way to make money, create strong community relationships and build a reputation with publishers. These speakers, a bookseller, author and school librarian, will share their problems, expectations, and tips to make it a success for everyone. Speakers: Trish Brown, children's book buyer, school and library liaison, One More Page

Edelweiss+: Edelweiss+ and its Analytics tool allow users to manage inventory and collections more effectively by aligning them with demand, analyzing trends, and benchmarking performance across other libraries or booksellers. It greatly increases the efficiency of the product discovery and purchasing processes, saving users valuable time and money. Find out more and ask your questions during this session. (Note – Edelweiss will be in the Publishers Marketplace on Saturday as well.) Speaker: Joe Foster, education & outreach coordinator, Above the Treeline 

11am - 12:15pm

In-store Book Programs: It takes more than events and walk-in traffic to sell books. It is time to create, or dust off, programs that encourage book purchases. Book of the month clubs; store memberships; first-edition clubs, to name a few. With increased foot (or membership) traffic, let’s focus on conversion rates, capturing data, community campaigns, and target marketing. Let’s get the right books in the right hands. Speakers: Veronica Santiago Liu, Founder & General Coordinator, Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria; Amanda Zirn, assistant manager, Bethany Beach Books

Reading The World: Publishers are giving us great books for children and young adults that feature characters and content from our wonderfully diverse world. Now we must give those books the platform to thrive. We’ll discuss how to give these books the attention they need, how to get these books into kids’ hands, and how to introduce parents and educators to these topics that might be outside their comfort level. Speakers: Mary Alice Garber, buyer, children’s & teens department, Politics & Prose; Donna Wells, manager, Politics & Prose

Displays & Merchandising: Our panel of booksellers will discuss effective ways to make engaging signage and displays that up their section turnover in even the most unique and challenging spaces, and without creating further burden on your supplies budget using DYI, free online programs, backlist help from publishers, and tools likely available in your inventory system. Speakers: Anmiryam Budner, Main Point Books;  Jennifer Brenninger, general manager, Doylestown Bookshop;  Ashanti White-Wallace, inventory director, WORD


12:30 – 2:00pm

Movable Feast Lunch with Authors sponsored by HarperCollins

Authors to be announced

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