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NAIBA Fall Conference

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NAIBA Conference Schedule 

Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill New Jersey

Tuesday, Oct.15

11am - 6:00pm - Parked in the driveway by the ballroom entrance (where you'll find NAIBA's registration) is Will Sutherland's Skoolie, a converted school bus for travel, featured in the book Skoolie!: How to Convert a School Bus or Van into a Tiny Home or Recreational Vehicle (Storey) Stop in, enjoy some coffee and snacks and dream of hitting the road.

12:00-7:00 Registration

2:00 – 6:00pm  Owner’s Retreat  (Sold Out)

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)


Laura Zigman, Separation Anxiety (HarperCollins)

Jaquira Diaz, Ordinary Girls (Algonquin)

Tom O'Donnell, Homerooms and Hall Passes (HarperCollins)

Ibi Zoboi, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (Dutton Books for Young Readers)

Cecile Richards, Make Trouble Young Readers Edition (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

9:30 - 11pm Trivia Game

Wednesday, Oct. 16

7:30am – 7:00pm Registration

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

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


Kaela Noel, Coo (HarperCollins)

Elisha Cooper, River (Scholastic)

Susan Isaacs, Takes One to Know One (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Emma Straub, All Adults Here (Riverhead)

Susannah CahalanThe Great Pretender (Grand Central Publishing)

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 Managing Our Greatest Assets: Our Staff

Whether selling books or widgets, people make it happen – or don’t. Our speakers will recreate scenarios encountered daily in a bookstore and provide guidance for the preparation, response and training to handle them. Rebecca Fitting, co-owner, Greenlight Bookstores; Stephanie Steinberg, Human Resources Director, Hachette Book Group

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: Melissa Grecco, Chronicle Books

Joe Drabyak Handseller of the Year: Jarrod Annis, Greenlight Bookstore

Legacy Award: Jennifer Egan and Oren Teicher

Carla Cohen Free Speech Award: Hey Kiddo, Jarrett Krosoczka

Books of the Year

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner)

Furious Hours by Casey Cep (Knopf)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperCollins)

New Kid by Jerry Craft  (HarperCollins)

Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (illus) (Henry Holt)

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


Sarah Albee, North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History (What on Earth Books/IPS)

Lee Bacon, The Last Human (Abrams)

Maisy Card, These Ghosts Are Family (S&S)

Seane Corn, Revolution of the Soul (Sounds True)

Rye Curtis, Kingdomtide (Little, Brown & Co.)

Charlotte Nicole Davis, The Good Luck Girls (Tor Teen)

Susanna Leonard Hill, Dear Santa (Sourcebooks)

Sara Holland, Havenfall (Bloomsbury)

Tara Lazar, The Upper Case (Disney)

Jamie Mae, Isle of Misfits (Little Bee Books)

Marta McDowell, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life (Timber Press)

Jodi Moore, I Love My Dragon (Flashlight Press)

Brittney Morris, Slay (S&S Children's)

Vikram Paralkar, Night Theater (Catapult/Soft Skull)

Katia Raina, Castle of Concrete (New Europe Books (imprint: Young Europe Books))

Keith Recker, True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments (Thrums Books/IPG)

Kristen Sollée, Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine (Red Wheel/Weiser)

Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain (Grove Press/Grove Atlantic)

BriAnne Wills, Girls and Their Cats (Chronicle)

Timothy Young, Untitled (Schiffer Books)

Erin Yun, Pippa Park Raises Her Game (Fabled Films Press/Parson Weems)

Thursday, Oct 17

8am – 11am Exhibitor final move-out

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


Jen Bryant, Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson (Abrams)

Leslie Jamison, Make It Scream, Make It Burn  (Little Brown) 

Elizabeth Wetmore, Valentine (HarperCollins)

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. Click Here for the topics & times. 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.


Shelly Oria, Indelible in the Hippocampus (McSweeney)

Sara Hosey, Iphigenia Murphy (Blackstone)

Jeffrey Colvin, Africaville (Amistad/Harper)

Deborah Heiligman, Torpedo (Macmillan)

Aaron Jackson, The Astonnishing Life of August March (HarperCollins)

Anne Gardiner Perkins, Yale Needs Women (Sourcebooks)

Rafi Mittlefehldt, What Makes Us (Candlewick)

Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread (Roaring Press/Macmillan)

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.