Less than a week after the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association’s first joint show held with the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association in Minneapolis, the regional organization has appointed a new president to head its board. Tripp Ryder, general trade manager at Carleton College Bookstore in Northfield, Minn., will assume the duties of MIBA president immediately. She will serve out the remaining year of previous president Lanora Haradon’s term, which will end at the organization’s annual membership meeting in early October 2013. Haradon, the owner of The Next Chapter Books in Mequon, Wis., closed her store and resigned as MIBA’s president three weeks ago. Chris Livingston of the Book Shelf in Winona, Minn., Haradon's predecessor as board president, served as interim president during the trade show, where he presided over the membership meeting.
Ryder, who attended Carleton College, has worked in its bookstore since 1985. Previously, she worked at an independent bookstore in Northfield, Fine Print Books.
MIBA’s board has also appointed David Enyeart, the assistant general manager of Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minn. to the seven-member board.
“We wanted to create some new energy on the board,” Carrie Obry, MIBA executive director, told PW, “I’m really excited.”