The 13th annual Winter Institute (Wi13) was an opportunity for booksellers, publishers, and authors to gather in Memphis, Tennessee, for four days of education, entertainment, and enlightenment — with a generous helping of barbecue and blues on the side. Booksellers can relive those moments on their rides home and in weeks to come by searching for the Wi13 hashtag — #Wi13 — on Instagram and Twitter, where the creativity and enthusiasm of booksellers is reflected in the images they captured.
Here, Bookselling This Week shares a few snapshots that made Winter Institute 2018 so memorable.
Members of ABA's Diversity Task Force gathered at Wi13 and were welcomed by ABA President Robert Sindelar (top left). From left, back row: Sindelar, Lane Jacobson, Melanie McNair, Angela Maria Spring, Paul Yamazaki, Hannah Oliver Depp. Front row: DeAndra Beard, Denise Chavez, Veronica Liu, and Melanie Knight.
Caitlin Jesson, Holly Morgan, and Cathy Jesson from Black Bond Books in Vancouver, Canada, have fun trying out the photo booth at ABA's Welcome Desk for Wi13 in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday, January 22.
Cheryl Mesler of Burke's Book Store in Memphis types a welcome message to fellow booksellers.
The Mississippi Delta tour ended at Turnrow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi.
International bookselling and publishing guests from the U.K. made a trip to Graceland before the Institute's start.
ABA staff greeted international guests at a welcome reception at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on Sunday.
ABA Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, left, CEO Oren Teicher, center, and Senior Strategy Officer Dan Cullen at The Cadre awaiting booksellers for the opening reception Monday afternoon.
The table is set for the morning keynote breakfast.
Dusty Baker of Austy's Bookseller & Meeting Room in Salem, Indiana, plays along with a word game at the Scholastic Meet & Treat After Party Tuesday evening.
Booksellers Tina Ferguson, Tami Furlong, and Luan Stauss (left to right) pose with an Elvis impersonator at Tuesday's Ingram party.
Author Ethan M. Aldridge signs copies of Estranged, his new fantasy graphic novel, at the Author Reception Wednesday night.
ABA's board listened to the concerns of booksellers during the Town Hall on Wednesday.
Lady Vowell Smith, left, owner of Snail on the Wall bookstore in Huntsville, Alabama, has some fun with the Elvis standee at Wi13.
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