The American Booksellers Association presents experienced booksellers and industry partners in a discussion of best practices and new ideas for building businesses. (All times given are in Eastern Time.)

Seminar: Financial Modeling

Tuesday, May 24, noon–1:45 p.m.

This session will help you evaluate potential new initiatives for your business. Whether you think it’s time to expand your space with a physical or pop-up location, you want to begin or increase your offering of used books or nonbook items, or you’re considering adding a café or bar, this workshop will walk you through the financial analysis to help you make sound business decisions.[em]

Curation Through Partnerships with University Presses

Tuesday, May 24, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Known for cultivating and building solid and symbiotic relationships with bookstores, university presses can be some of the best curation partners you have. Join a panel of booksellers and representatives from university presses as they discuss curation, partnerships, mission, finances, and—oh, yes—favorite titles.

Moderator Gianna LaMorte, assistant director, sales and marketing manager, University of Texas Press


Clancey D’Isa, director of strategy and development, Seminary Co-op Bookstores (Chicago)

Catherine E. Hobbs, sales manager, Columbia University Press

Levi Stahl, marketing director, University of Chicago Press

Alyson Jones Turner, assistant manager, Source Booksellers (Detroit)

Tech Solutions for Store Operations

Tuesday, May 24, 4–5 p.m.

Store operations are the necessary procedures that keep your store healthy and functioning. They can also become complicated. You may not be aware that there are several low-tech solutions for common problems. In this hour, booksellers will have the opportunity to hear from presenters who will provide affordable, easy-to-use, and scalable technology suggestions to help run your business, and your life, more efficiently. This session is for stores of all sizes.

Moderator Cindy Dach, CEO and co-owner, Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix and Tempe, Ariz.)


Julia Davis, owner, the Book Worm Bookstore (Augusta, Ga.)

Nathan Halter, program manager, Batch for Books U.S.

Kelly Justice, owner, Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, Va.)

Click here to register for the U.S. Book Show, and click here for more information on the programming.