Nearly 200 booksellers from across the country gathered in Pasadena, Calif., on April 19–21, for two days of educational programming, networking, and meeting with authors. Check out all our coverage of the event, from the opening keynote with Jeff Kinney continuing with the next full day of programming. See our collection of photo highlights from the event.

The We Need Diverse Books signing table at the opening night reception. Photo: Judith Rosen.

New bookseller/Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney compares notes with Monique Tischer, owner of the year-old Purple Chair Bookstore in New Braunfels, Tex. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Karen Boersma (l.) of Owlkids Books, and Valerie Lewis of Hicklebee’s in San Jose, Calif., at the opening reception. Photo: Diane Roback.

Booksellers meet authors during the opening night reception. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl author Paige McKenzie (r.) with her mother, Mercedes Rose, at the opening reception, after four hours of signing books at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Photo: Diane Roback.

The “Reaching Reluctant Readers” panelists: (from l.) Erin Barker, Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, Va.; author and Guys Read founder Jon Scieszka; Kim Laird, Upland Unified School District in San Bernadino County, Calif.; Margaret Brennan Neville, The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City; and moderator Laura Donahoe, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville, N.C. Photo: Diane Roback.

The Best Practices for Greater Diversity panelists: (from l.) Lynn Mooney of Women & Children First in Chicago; Hannah Moushabeck of Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Mass.; moderator Sara Hines (standing) of Eight Cousins in Falmouth, Mass.; author Aisha Saeed, v-p of strategy for We Need Diverse Books; and I.W. Gregorio, v-p of development for We Need Diverse Books. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Booksellers swarm the galley room. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Caitlin Baker from University Book Store in Seattle with author Jory John. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Kari Patch of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Ill., shares a new favorite galley: Baba Yaga’s Assistant, a graphic novel written by Marika McCoola and illustrated by Emily Carroll. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

After an in-store presentation on buying and merchandising non-book items, Vroman’s Bookstore CEO and president Allison Hill conducted a tour of the longstanding Pasadena indie. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Part of the sprawling children’s section at Vroman’s. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Janis Herbert, Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, Calif., reading a new favorite: Pussycat, Pussycat by Mies van Hout. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Candlewick authors Jo Knowles (Read Between the Lines) and Lora Koehler (The Little Snowplow) with bookseller Lisa Feury Ibrahim of {pages, a bookstore} in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Author Mitali Perkins, signing copies of Tiger Boy, with Donna Spurlock, associate director of marketing for Charlesbridge. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Authors Adi Alsaid (l.,) signs copies of Never Always Sometimes alongside Nina Berry, signing copies of The Notorious Pagan Jones. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Author I.W. Gregorio with Arantazau Galdos at the Book Loft in Great Barrington, Mass. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Sarah Dessen signs her new novel, Saint Anything, for booksellers during the author reception. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Mad scientist Jon Scieszka poses with copies of the latest in his Frank Einstein series. Photo: Diane Roback.

Kathryn Otoshi, signing a copy of Beautiful Hands, the picture book she illustrated and co-wrote with Bret Baumgarten. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Bookseller Earl Dizon of Green Bean Books in Portland, Ore., meets illustrator Tom Lichtenheld. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Authors Rae Carson and Nicholas Gannon greeting booksellers at the author reception. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Debut novelist Nicola Yoon shares Everything, Everything with booksellers. Photo: Diane Roback.

Kevin Sands, author of The Blackthorn Key, at the author reception. Photo: Diane Roback.

Rene Kirkpatrick of Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island in Washington recommends Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee and Christopher Denise. Photo: Diane Roback.

Marla Frazee (l.,) and her editor, Allyn Johnston, share a joke over copies of The Farmer and the Clown. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Andrea Herbst of Lerner (l.) chats with Annie Farrell of Labyrinth Books in Princeton, N.J. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

From l.: Amanda Bruns of Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Catherine Cusick of the ABA, and Sydney Jarrard of the ABA. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

From l.: Ashley Despain of Green Apple Books in San Francisco, and Devin McDonald of Mr. Mopps’ Children’s Books in Berkeley, Calif. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

The cheerful crowd during the author reception. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Manuela Aronofsky (l.) and Julia Sheng, two booksellers from Pegasus Books in Berkeley. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Amy Oelkers of The Red Balloon in St. Paul shares one of her favorites from the galley room: The Accident Season by debut author Moïra Fowley-Doyle.

Caitlin Baker (l.) of University Book Store in Seattle, and Scholastic sales rep Chris Satterland (center) with George author Alex Gino at Scholastic’s Meet and Treat Party. Photo: Natasha Gilmore.

Peter Sís, author and illustrator of Ice Cream Summer and Robin Sung of Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass., at the Scholastic Meet & Treat After Party. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Bayou Magic author Jewell Parker Rhodes’ closing keynote was one of the highlights of Children’s Institute. Look for a copy of her passionate speech about diversity as the next civil rights frontier in our Children’s Bookshelf newsletter on April 30. Photo: Judith Rosen.

Clare Doornbos (l.) of DIESEL in Larkspur, Calif., and Robin Sung of Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass., proudly display their haul of galleys. See you next year! Photo: Diane Roback.