The American Booksellers Association is inviting booksellers — ABA members and non-members alike — to two Spring Forum programs held in conjunction with the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association.
The first Spring Forum in the NAIBA region will be held on Friday, March 10, at Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC. The second will take place on Tuesday, March 28, at ABA’s offices at 333 Westchester Avenue, Suite S202, in White Plains, New York. Both forums will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include lunch.
Each program will include an open discussion of industry issues hosted by ABA CEO Oren Teicher, Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, and Senior Strategy Officer Dan Cullen. All attendees are encouraged to come prepared to share their questions and concerns about ABA or the book industry in general.
The Spring Forums will also feature the education session “Bookstores — An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery,” a program developed in response to member feedback and requests. This non-traditional education session will be a conversation in which all attendees will share ideas and brainstorm suggestions about how bookstores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore.
In Washington, the conversation will be led by ABA Board member Annie Philbrick of Bank Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut, and Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, Rhode, Island; in White Plains, the session will be led by Board member Jonathon Welch of Talking Leaves… Books in Buffalo, New York.
The session’s interactive discussion will feature open communication and problem solving — in both large and small group settings — to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities. Session participants will share their thoughts, insights, and input during this important discussion.
For planning purposes, booksellers who are planning to attend either forum are asked to RSVP to ABA Member Relationship Manager Catherine Cusick via the form available here.