Winter Institute

30 Jan

Binc’s Heads or Tails Game at Wi14 Raises $7,559 for Booksellers in Need

The winner of the $500 grand prize was Whitney Balaun of LIBRIS, who was playing on behalf of Sunriver Books & Music’s Deon Stonehouse.

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30 Jan

Amy’s Bookcase Wins Custom Illustration From Bob Eckstein

During Winter Institute, lucky bookstore Amy’s Bookcase in Farmington, New Mexico, won the opportunity to have New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein create a custom illustration of the store.

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30 Jan

Winter Institute’s Grand Finale With Podcast Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Kilgariff and Hardstark are the authors of Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide, a memoir/humor/advice book and a Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut.

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29 Jan

Help ABA Plan for Winter Institute 15

Booksellers who attended Winter Institute 14 are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey and sign into the Winter Institute app to complete session evaluations.

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29 Jan

A Look at 15 Years of Winter Institute Locations

From Long Beach in 2006 to Baltimore in 2020, here’s a map highlighting all of the locations that have hosted (or will soon host) indie booksellers for this annual event.

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29 Jan

ABA Seeks Feedback on Kobe Bryant’s Appearance at Wi14

All Winter Institute attendees are invited to share their thoughts with the American Booksellers Association.

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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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