Winter Institute

25 Jan

14th Annual Winter Institute Highlights Indie Resurgence as New and Veteran Booksellers Come Together

Approximately 700 booksellers from 387 stores joined more than 150 authors, 120 publisher partners, and nearly 50 international guests at ABA’s largest educational event.

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25 Jan

Wi14 Town Hall Takes on Book Supply Issues, Rising Minimum Wage, Programming Diversity

Topics discussed at the Town Hall included ABA’s actions on diversity since the last town hall, the challenge of a rising minimum wage, the importance of ABACUS, and issues with book supplies during the holidays.

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25 Jan

Winter Institute Heads to Baltimore in 2020

The 15th annual Winter Institute will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, from January 21 to January 24, 2020.

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25 Jan

PW Announces 2019 Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Finalists

This year’s shortlist includes several newer stores in addition to older, established stores.

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25 Jan

Watch BookWeb for Winter Institute Keynotes, Education Sessions

In the coming weeks, ABA will post videos of keynote presentations and education sessions from the 2019 Winter Institute for all member booksellers to enjoy.

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Margaret Atwood in Conversation With Erin Morgenstern

Bestselling author Margaret Atwood reflected on her long and prolific career, beginning with her first book signing, for The Edible Woman, at the end of 1969.

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Hanif Abdurraqib on Sampling, Reading, and Life in Indie Bookstores

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib read excerpts from his forthcoming book, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, and talked to booksellers about his experience growing up in Columbus, Ohio.

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24 Jan

Wi14 Keynote: Reshma Saujani on How to Be Brave, Not Perfect

The founder and CEO of the national nonprofit Girls Who Code spoke to booksellers about the importance of girls and women taking risks and being fearless, rather than pursuing perfection.

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16 Jan
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Independent Bookstores Pilot the New “Open Discussion Project”

The Open Discussion Project, which launched this month, aims to promote civil conversation among left- and right-leaning individuals through book clubs held at independent bookstores across the U.S.

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16 Jan

Winter Institute 14 Bookseller Attendee List Available on BookWeb

Booksellers, publishers, and guests who will be attending Winter Institute 14 can access the roster of bookseller registrants on BookWeb.

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16 Jan

Wi14 Small Business Management Seminar: Design for Strategic In-Store Merchandising

Paula Taylor will lead an intensive, three-hour deep-dive into key strategies and real-life applications of traditional and non-traditional visual merchandising techniques.

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16 Jan

96 Hours in Albuquerque: A Suggested Itinerary for Wi14

It’s a thrill for ABA that booksellers from around the country — and world — will gather in the enchanting city of Albuquerque next week for days of learning; camaraderie and new connections; and, we hope, immersion in the surrounding landscape. May this suggested Winter Institute itinerary from ABA Membership and Marketing Officer Meg Smith help you find your way.

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16 Jan

ABA Staff Heads to Winter Institute

The next edition of Bookselling This Week will arrive in your inbox late on Friday, January 25, with reports and plenty of photos from Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque.

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15 Jan

Wi14 Small Business Management Seminar: Staff Management and Human Resources

Dr. Robert DelCampo will discuss the challenges of recruitment and retention as well as creating a workforce that represents multiple generations of employees.

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15 Jan

Join Ingram by the Fireside at Winter Institute

Ingram’s “Indies by the Fireside” offers all Winter Institute attendees an opportunity to relax and chat by the fire with independent booksellers and publishers from around the country and the globe. 

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