Registration for the American Booksellers Association’s seventh ABC Children’s Institute (Ci7) is now open to booksellers at all ABA member stores. The institute will be held June 26–28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh–Green Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This year’s event will feature keynote presentations by bestselling author and indie bookstore owner Ann Patchett as well as National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and Printz Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo.
The Ci7 conference fee is $129 per bookseller. Space is limited, and there is a maximum of five registrants per ABA member business. The institute is made possible by the support of lead sponsor Baker & Taylor with additional support from publisher sponsors large and small.
Children’s Institute will kick off on Wednesday evening, June 26, with the First-Timer Orientation & Mentor-Mentee Meetup and the Ci7 Welcome Reception and Costume Party at the DoubleTree Hotel.
New this year, booksellers attending Children’s Institute will have the opportunity to attend a very special workshop with Glory Edim, founder of the Well-Read Black Girl book club program; meet with publisher sponsors one-on-one at the Mix & Mingle; attend the all-day Events University (note: registration for Ci7 is not required to attend Events University, but Events University registration alone will not get you into Ci7); and play in the first-ever Children’s Institute quidditch match. Booksellers will also be able to sign up for full- and half-day bookstore tours; registration for the tours will open on Wednesday, February 27.
Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, will be packed with educational programming, including breakout sessions across five specific tracks of learning:
- Buying & Selling
- Operations & Finances
- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
- Programming & Partnerships
- Advanced Bookselling & Special Topics
The special ABA rate at the DoubleTree is $119 plus tax and is available until June 1 or the block is sold out. The rate is valid for bookings from June 22 through June 29, 2019, subject to availability.
Register now for Children’s Institute 2019. Stores that are not current on their ABA and/or ABC memberships can renew their dues here or contact ABA’s Member Relationship Managers. Questions about the institute should be directed to ABC Group Manager Gen de Botton.
Booksellers may cancel their Children’s Institute registration at any time by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations received prior to May 1 are eligible for a full refund of registration fees.