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Conference Schedule

NAIBA Fall Conference

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NAIBA Conference Schedule 

Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Sunday, Oct.25

12:00-7:00 Registration

2:00 – 6:00pm  Owner’s Retreat  (Free but you must preregister)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Store Manager’s Retreat  (Free but you must preregister)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Events Manager’s Retreat  (Free but you must preregister)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Frontline Handseller Retreat  (Free but you must preregister)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Kids Everything Retreat  (Free but you must preregister)

2:00 – 7:00pm  Exhibitor Set-up 

7:30 – 9:30pm  Preview Supper (ticketed event $65)




Monday, Oct. 26

7:30am – 7:00pm Registration

8am – 12noon  Exhibit set up in Grand Ballroom.

8:00 – 9:15am  Author Breakfast (ticketed event $40) 



9:00am - 6:00pm  IndieCommerce One-on-One appointments

IndieCommerce™ is the American Booksellers Association’s e-commerce platform for independent bookstores. The system provides the tools for indie bookstores to create unique, content-rich, and easy-to-operate, fully transactional, e-commerce enabled websites. IndieCommerce stores can sell print books, ebooks, and audiobooks as well most other retail products. The entire system is supported by ABA’s experienced development and customer support team. IndieLite™ is specifically designed for booksellers who want a website that requires very little time and effort to maintain. This service offers booksellers the essential tools they will need to have a web presence for their store.

9:30 – 10:30am Keynote

10:45am – 12:15pm Editors Buzz 

          Four adult and three children’s editors will share their favorite books from Winter & Spring 2020

12:30 – 2:00pm Reps Pick of the List Luncheon (ticketed event $45)

2:00 – 7:00pm  Exhibits        

7:30 – 9:30pm  Awards Banquet (ticketed event $65)

Special Guests and Award Winners:

Kristin Keith Sales Rep of the Year:TBA

Joe Drabyak Handseller of the Year:TBA

Legacy Award:TBA

Carla Cohen Free Speech Award: TBA

Books of the Year:


9:30– 11:30pm Wine-Down Reception, with special focus on independent presses sponsored by Ingram (open event)



Tuesday, Oct 27

8am – 11am Exhibitor final move-out

8:00 – 9:15am  NAIBA Annual Meeting & Author Breakfast (ticketed event $52)



9:30am - 12:45pm Roundtable Discussions - Five 35-minute roundtable sessions

NAIBA has moved away from panel sessions to roundtables to give you a personalized education experience. Topics & times TBA. Some will be offered more than once. A detailed time schedule will be provided before the conference so you can plan your morning.  

1:00-2:30pm  Movable Feast  sponsored by HarperCollins (ticketed event $52)

Nine wonderful authors will be on hand to chat with you over lunch and maybe book appearances in your store.



At 2:30pm, you'll pick up your bag of books, get some autographs, and then head home with a notebook of ideas, inspiration and a renewed sense of purpose. Just in time for the holiday rush.