ABA Past Presidents in Conversation

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Friday, January 25, 2019 -
10:45am to 11:45am
Location: 
Upper West ACC
Room: 
Kiva Auditorium

Join us for an inspiring and informative look at the book industry through the combined experiences of ABA past presidents still actively engaged in the management of their stores. As booksellers, their innovation and leadership not only grew their individual businesses -- often in challenging times -- but also helped bring about the resurgence of indie bookselling that we have seen over recent years. This expert panel will share lessons learned from a lifetime of bookselling and discuss their thoughts on the current state of the industry.

Oren Teicher moderates this session with past presidents Becky Anderson, Anderson's Bookshops (Naperville, IL); Betsy Burton, The King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT); Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL); Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore (Tempe, AZ): Michael Tucker, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

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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