Fall show time is the opportunity for regional booksellers, authors and publishers to come together in a less hyped but informative and collegial atmosphere. Organizers have been working diligently to revamp their shows to satisfy their constituents’ needs and interests. These include digital technology, small-business management, shop-local initiatives and professional development—but at the end of the day the stars, as always, are the books.
Pacific Northwest Booksellers AssociationWed., Sept. 19—Fri., Sept. 21, at the Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, Wash.Highlights: A new schedule and location: this year’s show runs from Wednesday through Friday and takes place in Bellevue instead of Portland, Ore.Educational Programming: Wednesday’s educational programming takes place at the convention center. The “Intro for First-timers” runs 8—8:45 a.m. with Paul Hanson. Several concurrent sessions are at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m.: “Building and Rewarding Customer Loyalty,” with ABA personnel, and “Main-street Crossroads: Uniting Local Authors, Publishers, Booksellers and Readers,” with Tamara Sellman; “Best Business Practices,” also with ABA personnel, “Great Summer Programs,” with Amy Carlson, and “Critical Marketing Timeline,” with Sharon Castlen and Cynthia Frank; “Staff Development,” with Chuck and Dee Robinson, “Book Clubs,” with Cheryl McKeon, “While Waiting for Oprah to Call,” with NWABP president Marv Mitchell; “New Tech and Your Publishing Options,” with various regional book publishers. Three Above the Treeline workshops are planned—ATL basic, intermediate and advanced. There are also two “pick of the lists” (9—11:45 a.m., 1:15—2:45 p.m.) and a “state of the industry” luncheon with keynote speaker Michael Hoeye (A Hermux Tantamog Adventure: Time to Smell the Roses) at noon.Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. on Thursday; 9:30 a.m.—2 p.m. on Friday. Autographing sessions on Thursday (4:45—6 p.m.) and Friday (9:30—10:30 a.m.). The show closes Friday at 2 p.m.Authors, Authors: Wednesday’s Celebration of Authors (3—5 p.m.) features Robert Birkby (Mountain Madness), Barbara Brock (Living Outside the Box), Joni Kabana (Torina’s World), Gary McKinney (Slipknot) and Peggy Shumaker (Just Breathe Normally), among others. A Dessert and Autographing Party (8—10 p.m.) will be held in the Ballroom at the Coast Bellevue Hotel. Authors at Thursday’s breakfast (8—9:30 a.m.) includes Beth Lisick (Helping Me Help Myself), Mike Perry (Truck: A Love Story), Matthew Reinhart (Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Universe) and Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones and Big Bones). Thursday’s fourth annual Feast of Authors (7—9:30 p.m.) expects more than 20 authors including Chelsea Cain, John Callahan, Gordon Campbell, Cai Emmons, Sebastian Faulks, Kathleen Flinn, Lisa Lutz, Sue Miller, T. Jefferson Parker and Meg Tilly. At Friday’s breakfast (8—9:30 a.m.): Sherman Alexie (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), Brock Clarke (An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England), Molly Gloss (The Hearts of Horses), J.otto Seibold and Judy Sierra (Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf).Also of Interest: On Wednesday, PNBA’s annual membership meeting starts 5:15 p.m.Contact: Thom Chambliss, (541) 683-4363; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.pnba.org.New England Independent Booksellers Association
Thurs., Sept. 27—Sat., Sept. 29, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, R.I.
Highlights: This year’s gathering is Thursday—Saturday instead of the usual weekend. Thursday’s programming begins at 10:30 a.m. with a kick-off address by Gary Hirshberg (Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World). At Thursday’s Awards Luncheon (noon): Richard Russo (Bridge of Sighs) accepts NEIBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, with other awards going to Gregory Maquire for fiction; Roy Blount Jr. for nonfiction; Julius Lester for children’s; Shambhala Publications for publishing. Baker & Taylor is the sponsor.
Educational Programming: Thursday’s programming (2:15—5 p.m.) includes Nadja Koenig from Above the Treeline conducting a workshop, “Higher Above the Treeline,” on the next generation of online software. Other session topics: school and library partnerships, store loyalty programs and career paths for booksellers. Friday’s programming features ABA’s Len Vlahos talking about Web-based marketing. Other session topics: theft prevention and “shop local” trends. Thursday’s and Friday’s educational programming is sponsored by Random House. Lastly, the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council (NECBA) conducts a workshop on handselling children’s books.
Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: 11 a.m.—6 p.m. on Friday; 9:30 a.m.—4 p.m. on Saturday. Autographing sessions on Friday (noon—6 p.m.) and Saturday (noon—3 p.m.). The show wraps up on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Authors, Authors: Confirmed authors at Thursday’s Children’s Author and Illustrator Reception and Dinner (6—10 p.m.): Natalie Babbitt (Jack Plank Tells Tales), Helen Lester and Lynn M. Munsinger (The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing) and Jerry Spinelli (Love, Stargirl). Bookazine is the evening’s sponsor. At Friday’s Breakfast with Authors (8—9:30 a.m.): Judith Jones (The Tenth Muse), Tom Perrotta (The Abstinence Teacher) and Michael C. White (Soul Catcher). Breakfast sponsor HarperCollins adds an extra ingredient with the inclusion of Rick Rodgers’s Thanksgiving 101. The traditional “moveable feast” has been retooled into a reception on Friday (6—8:30 p.m.). Confirmed authors: Jennifer Finney Boylan, Brock Clarke, Rudolph Delson, Robert Finch, James Gurney, Scott Heim, Samantha Hunt, Richard Marinick, Todd McLeish, Richard Merullo, Kate Morganroth, Sara Pennypacker, and John Burnham Schwartz. Sponsors: BookStream, Houghton Mifflin Co. and Ingram Book Co. At Saturday’s breakfast (8—9:30 a.m.): Geraldine Brooks (People of the Book), Ha Jin (A Free Life) and Paul Krugman (The Conscience of a Liberal).
Also of Interest: NEIBA hosts a Thursday reception (5:15—6:30 p.m.) for emerging leaders. On Friday, NEIBA’s annual meeting takes place at 10 a.m.; NECBA’s at 2:30 p.m. A “book buzz” runs 11 a.m.—1:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, raffle winners are announced at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Contact: Steve Fischer or Nan Sorensen, (866) 398-8860 or (781) 316-8894; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.newenglandbooks.org.
Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association
Thurs., Sept. 27—Sun., Sept. 30, at Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver, Colo.
Highlights: Area booksellers return to Denver with a new show format. Show organizers say, “Be prepared to leave a better bookseller.”
Educational Programming:Thursday’s “book camp” kicks off at 8:30 a.m., following the official welcome breakfast with MPIBA president Catherine Weller. The morning segment includes peer-to-peer roundtable sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. During the afternoon segment (1:15—3 p.m.), Chuck and Dee Robinson of Village Books present an ABA-designed program on staff development. At 3:30 p.m., Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl), Jennifer Laughran (Not Your Mother’s Book Club) and Little, Brown Young Readers publicity director Elizabeth Eulberg discuss “YA Events to Blow Your Socks Off!” Friday is tagged the “up close and personal day”—a new component to the show agenda. Publishers and booksellers get chummy at the Friday breakfast marketing roundtables from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The “pick of the lists” runs 10 a.m.—noon. The box-lunch break, dubbed “Bringing a Book to Market” (noon—1:30 p.m.), features Houghton Mifflin senior editor Amjali Singh and senior marketing manager Sanj Kharbanda discussing The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt, and Morrow editor Carolyn Marino and marketing director Tavia Kowalchuk discussing Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell. A second “pick of the lists” fills the rest of the afternoon (2—5 p.m.). There are Above the Treeline demonstrations and user-group meetings on Sunday from 9 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: 9:30 a.m.—noon and 1:30—5 p.m. on Saturday; refreshments served at 6 p.m. Autographing sessions are held in conjunction with the Thursday and Friday author receptions (5—7 p.m., both days). The show closes on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Authors, Authors:Food, drink and authors galore at Thursday’s and Friday’s twilight rendezvous, with mingling authors signing books. Presentation of the Gordon Saull Bookseller and Sales Rep of the Year Awards is part of Friday’s fete. Saturday’s author breakfast (7:30—9:30 a.m.): Michael Chabon (Gentlemen of the Road), Michael Korda (Ike: An American Hero) and Molly Gloss (The Hearts of Horses). Saturday’s Children’s Author and Illustrator Luncheon (1—2:30 p.m.): Harry Bliss (Diary of a Fly) and Laurie Keller (Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners).
Also of Interest: Thursday’s general board meeting includes a box lunch at noon, and the hour-long advisory council meeting at 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Lisa D. Knudsen, (800) 752-0249 or (970) 484-5856; email@example.com; www.mountainsplains.com.
Great Lakes Booksellers Association
Fri., Sept. 28—Sun., Sept. 30, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill.
Highlights: GLBA members return to Chicago-land shouting a new slogan— “It’s about books! It’s about buzz!” New this year is a “rep around” luncheon on Saturday (noon—1:30 p.m.), where reps present their “pick of the lists.” A raffle with cash prizes occurs Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Educational Programming: The theme of this year’s educational programming is “The World Is NOT Flat!” sponsored by Random House. Classes run Friday and Saturday, starting with Robin Allen’s “Ideas That Work” at 9:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the ABA presents ideas on the digital future while GBLA facilitators lead discussions on handselling and buying direct. Topics at the 2 p.m. sessions include customer communications and service. At 3 p.m., Above the Treeline and Tools of the Trade. Two “common sessions” bookend the afternoon program: “Whiz Bang—Explode Your Sales” at 1 p.m., with Bob and Susan Negen (Marketing Your Retail Store in the Internet Age), and “What’s the Buzz?” at 4 p.m., where store buyers announce their “best picks” of the year. Three concurrent programs take place Sunday (10—10:50 a.m.) on point-of-sale software, book clubs and marketing. The day’s 11 a.m. session is devoted to “buy local first.”
Trade Show: Exhibit hours: 9 a.m.—noon and 1:30—5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Autographing sessions on Friday (5:10—5:50 p.m.) and Sunday (12:40—2 p.m.). The show concludes Sunday at 2 p.m.
Authors, Authors: Friday’s annual Great Lakes Book Awards Luncheon runs 11:30 a.m.—12:50 p.m. Elizabeth Berg (Dream When You’re Feeling Blue) is keynote speaker at Friday’s Authors Feast (7:30—9:30 p.m.); more than 24 authors are expected. Sherman Alexie and Dorothea Benton Frank (The Christmas Pearl) are confirmed for Saturday’s Booksellers Banquet (7:30—9:30 p.m.). Authors at the Sunday’s breakfast (7:30—9:30 a.m.): Chris Crutcher (Deadline), Ann M. Martin (Main Street: ’Tis the Season) and Simms Taback (I Miss You Everyday).
Also of Interest: ABA holds a reception-by-invitation for nonmembers on Friday at dusk; “emerging leaders” gather after the moveable feast. Saturday’s Breakfast with the Board at 7:30 a.m. is hosted by Baker & Taylor. A silent auction on Saturday afternoon (4—5 p.m.) benefits GLBA’s First Amendment Defense Fund. The Quiz Bowl takes place that evening after the banquet, emceed by Carol Besse (and her crew) of Carmichael’s Books.
Contact: Jim Dana or Joan Jandernoa, (800) 745-2460 or (616) 847-2460; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.books-glba.org.
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
Fri., Sept. 28—Sun., Sept. 30, at the Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.
Highlights: A “whole new” format is in play this year, with things like one-on-one meet-and-greets via SIBAweb, media-room access and video blogs.
Educational Programming: Friday’s programs concentrate on rethinking business practices, refining customer service and relationships, and reaching new audiences. The morning sessions (9:45—11:50 a.m.) includes presentations on customer loyalty, staff cultivation and local media leverage. The afternoon (2—4:45 p.m.) includes workshops on creating “killer” events and enhancing e-mail newsletters. Random House sponsors the programming. ABA COO Oren Teicher takes panelists through a store self-audit in “What to Do When the Competition Comes to Town.” From 4:10—5 p.m., Sam Davidson discusses ways bookstores can play a part in social change. There are several half-hour table-work sessions throughout the day on children’s bookselling, used books and remainder books, book clubs, handselling and regional titles. Saturday’s programs focus on developing literary genres. The afternoon track offers author-driven panels on children’s books, teen fantasy, women’s writing, “Southern-born-and-bred” fiction and memoir, and topical nonfiction. There are two seasonal sessions—“Winter Books of Interest” and “Christmas in September” at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. For an afternoon break, step “inside the bookseller’s studio,” with Kathy L. Patrick (The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing Book-Sharing Guide to Life) on Friday at 3:10 p.m., and “inside the writer’s studio,” with Ellen Gilchrist on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: 5—10 p.m. on Saturday; 8—11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Autographing sessions are held in conjunction with the Sunday “moveable feast” (noon—3 p.m.). The show closes Sunday at 3 p.m.
Authors, Authors: Daniel Pink (A Whole Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future) speaks at Friday’s breakfast (8—9:30 a.m.). Friday’s author lunch (noon—2 p.m.), sponsored by Baker & Taylor, features SIBA Book Award winners Charles Frazier (Thirteen Moons), Charles J. Shields (Mockingbird: Portrait of Harper Lee), Amy Sedaris (I Like You), Watt Key (Alabama Moon), and Susan Meyers (Keep and Give Away: Poems). Authors at the SIBA dinner (7—9 p.m.): Jeff Lindsay (Dexter in the Dark), Christopher Moore (You Suck) and Joshilyn Jackson (The Girl Who Stopped Swimming). At an informal “voices party” before the dinner, look for Lauren Groff (The Monsters of Templeton) and Kelly Corrigan (The Middle Place). Attending Saturday’s breakfast (7:30—9 a.m.): Michael Lee West (Mermaids in the Basement), Mary Kay Andrews (Deep Dish) and Nancy Peacock (A Broom’s of One’s Own). Bookazine Kids’ buyer Heather Doss presides over the Children’s Book and Author Luncheon (noon—2 p.m.) with Allan Wolf (Zane’s Trace), J.otto Seibold (Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf) and Tim Green (Football Genius). Sunday’s Moveable Feast of Authors (noon—3 p.m.), sponsored by Ingram Book Co., includes Sarah Addison Allen, William Barney, Forrest Church, Will Clarke, Ken Davis, A.J. Hartley, Kimberly Willis Holt, Dallas Hudgens, Chris Jericho, Valerie Martin and Michael C. White.
Also of Interest: Thursday, early arrivals have a chance to visit Atlanta-area bookstores with local authors and meet Larry Portzline, who launched the National Council on Bookstore Tourism, a nonprofit organization that partners with booksellers, publishers and travel agents. The three five-hour tours are scheduled at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Contact: Wanda Jewell, (803) 779-0118; email@example.com; www.sibaweb.com.
Midwest Booksellers Association
Fri., Oct. 5—Sun., Oct. 7, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
Highlights: At the Hilton on Friday evening, festivities begin with the third annual “members only” Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Awards Reception (6—7:30 p.m.). Several award recipients will join the crowd: Kevin Henkes and Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Perry (via prerecorded video) and Sara Gruen.
Educational Programming: The bookseller school runs on Friday (11 a.m.—12:20 p.m., 3:30—4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (9:45 a.m.—12:45 p.m.). Sponsored by Random House and jointly managed by the MBA and ABA, the topics include the digital revolution, ISBN-13, e-mail usage, staff training, customer-loyalty programs and bookstore tourism. A “book lust” presentation by Nancy Pearl is also planned. Class facilitators will demonstrate Above the Treeline, Booklog and Anthology software.
Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: 9:30 a.m.—12:20 p.m. and 1:20—6 p.m. on Saturday. Formal autographing sessions held in conjunction with Saturday’s cocktail reception (6:15—7:15 p.m.); informal autographing sessions held on Saturday during exhibit hours in booths. Show closes Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Authors, Authors: Authors at Saturday’s Book and Author Dinner (7:15—9:30 p.m.) include: Russell Banks (The Reserve), Chris Elliott (Into Hot Air), Patricia Hampl (The Florist’s Daughter), Haven Kimmel (The Used World) and Lorna Landvik (The View from Mount Joy). A pre-dinner cocktail reception welcomes Kate DiCamillo (Great Joy), Bill Holm (Windows of Brimnes), Bruce Lansky (The New Baby Name Survey Book), Jim Heynen and Carol Bly (Grace of Grass and Water), and Pete Hautman and Mary Logue (The Bloodwater Mysteries: Skullduggery). Sunday children’s breakfast (8—9:30 a.m.) features Sherman Alexie (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian), Frank Beddor (Seeing Redd), Eileen Christelow (Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping) and Judy Sierra (Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf). At Sunday’s “moveable feast,” Laura Moriarity (The Rest of Her Life) and Krista Tippett (Speaking of Faith) share the dais. During the luncheon (1—2:30 p.m.), more than two dozen authors will mingle.
Also of Interest: Two “pick of the lists” on Friday (2—3:30 p.m., 4:30—5:30 p.m.). A dozen publishers will meet booksellers at Friday’s “let’s talk” lunch (12:30—1:50 p.m.) and Saturday’s “let’s talk” breakfast (8—9:15 a.m.). Check the schedule for MBA advisory board and general-membership meetings and box lunches, first-timer orientation and roundtable discussions.
Contact: Susan Walker, (800) 784-7522 or (612) 926-5868; UMBAoffice@aol.com; www.midwestbooksellers.org.
Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
Fri., Oct. 5—Sun., Oct. 7, at the Oakland Convention Center and Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, Calif.
Highlights: This year’s trade show features a new emphasis on author and bookseller interaction, exemplified by a new author reception on Saturday evening. Show organizers are hoping to attract more booksellers by involving them with more authors.
Educational Programming: Friday starts at 9:30 a.m. with NCIBA president Nick Setka interviewing City Lights’s Paul Yamazaki. Educational programming begins at 10 a.m. with ABA’s Dan Cullen conducting a workshop linking efficiency and success. Amy Sandberg from Co-optimize discusses co-op advertising. and Alan Beatts of Borderlands Books presents the nuts-and-bolts of creating a MySpace page. Join Rep. Jay Inslee (Apollo’s Fire) at a panel on the “new environmentalism,” lead by Michel Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus (Break Through). Saturday is the show floor day, but at 1:30 p.m., take a break at the “mini-stitch” lounge hosted by Melissa Rannels, Melissa Alvarado and Hope Meng, authors of Subversive Seamster. The trio returns on Sunday (same time). At 4:15 p.m., gather to toast HarperOne’s 30th anniversay, followed by “rep picks” (4:20—5:45 p.m.).
Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.—4 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.—3 p.m. on Sunday. Autographing sessions are held on Saturday (10 a.m.—3:30 p.m.) and on Sunday (10 a.m.—2:30 p.m.). The show closes Sunday at 3 p.m.
Authors, Authors: At Friday’s Welcome Reception (5:30—7 p.m.) Beth Lisick (Helping Me Help Myself) addresses the audience, and recipients of the Outstanding Hand-selling and Debi Echlin Booksellers Awards will be announced. Confirmed authors at Saturday’s breakfast (8—10 a.m.) are John W. Dean (Broken Government), Michael Krasny (Off Mike) and Alice Sebold (The Almost Moon). Saturday’s Author Reception (6—8 p.m.) roster includes Charles Baxter, Gennifer Choldenko, Phoebe Damrosch, Alan Drew, Craig Holden, Lisa Lutz, Jenny McPhee, Ann Packer and T. Jefferson Parker. Speakers from Friday’s educational and social events join, too. Authors at Sunday’s Children’s Author Breakfast (8—10 a.m.): Alice Walker (Why War Is Never a Good Idea), Michael Hoeye (A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure: Time to Smell the Roses) and Scott Westerfield (Extras).
Also of Interest: A “bookseller Olympics” takes place Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Bookstore staffs compete in book sorting and shelving, box assembly and creative book display. At Sunday’s Cookbook Celebration (1—2 p.m.) attendees get a chance to sample recipes from Mollie Katzen’s The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without, among others.
Contact: Hut Landon, (415) 561-7686; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nciba.com.
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
Sun., Oct. 14 and Mon., Oct. 15, at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Baltimore, Md.
Highlights: A complimentary continental networking breakfast sponsored by BookStream launches weekend activities (8:30—9:30 a.m.), after which NAIBA president Joe Drabyak of Chester County Books & Music Co. welcomes booksellers and vendors.
Educational Programming: The theme of this year’s educational programming is “making it easy,” with emphasis on marketing tips and techniques. Sessions take place on Sunday. The morning (10 a.m.—12:15 p.m.) is devoted to “reps’ pick of the lists.” The afternoon’s panels and workshops run from 2:30—6 p.m. Topics range from local business alliances to online marketing to store design to non-author events. At one of the panels, children’s book editors Paula Wiseman (S&S Books for Young Readers) and Jean Feiwel (Feiwel & Friends) and authors Kate Feiffer (Henry the Dog with No Tail) and Lauren Thompson (Ballerina Dreams) discuss their various collaborations. ABA facilitators conduct specially designed modules on staff development, customer surveys and public relations. Lisa Tucker (The Cure for Modern Life) leads a workshop called “Tales of the Road: What Happened After You’ve Published,” with advice for newly published authors on the realities of book promotion. On Monday, an “indie rep pick of the lists” is slated for 8 a.m.
Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: 9:30 a.m.—4 p.m. on Monday. Autographing sessions are held that afternoon (1—4 p.m.). The show closes Monday at 4 p.m.
Authors, Authors: Early arrivals on Saturday can attend the 8 p.m. “early bird” buffet featuring Laura Lippman (What the Dead Know), followed by the “quiz bowl” challenge (9:30 p.m.) with A.J. Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically). Nearly two dozen regional authors and “bags of books” are confirmed for Sunday’s three-course “moveable feast” (12:30—2:15 p.m.) sponsored by HarperCollins. NAIBA honors literary luminary Anne Tyler (Digging to America) at Sunday’s Awards Banquet (7:30 p.m.), along with recipients of NAIBA’s Book of the Year Awards. The International Association of Crime Writers adds a twist to the dinner plot with its own award presentation. IACW award finalists John Case (Ghost Dancer), Dan Fesperman (The Amateur Spy), Robert Ward (Four Kinds of Rain), Bill Pronzini (Savages) and Jim Nisbet (Dark Champion) will attend. An opening reception and exhibit sneak preview precedes the Awards Banquet (6—7:30 p.m.). Post-banquet revelers are invited for nightcap at the NAIBA “noir bar.”
Also of Interest: Bookazine holds a children’s author and illustrator seminar on Monday at noon for those interested in store and school events. Other lunchtime offerings include sessions on emerging leadership issues, bookstore tourism and ABA membership advantages and benefits.
Contact: Eileen Dengler, (516) 333-0681; email@example.com; www.newatlanticbooks.com.
Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
Sat., Oct. 20, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.
Highlights: A L.A.-style author extravaganza awaits booksellers.
Educational Programming: At 9 a.m., Andrea Vuleta of Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop and Collette Morgan of Wild Rumpus lead a discussion on writing and selecting books for tweens and teens with Ying Chang Compestine (Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party), Shauna Cross (Derby Girl) and Heather Tomlinson (The Swan Maiden). A panel on pop-up and novelty books follows. Two ABA-sponsored panels: “Participating in the Digital Revolution: Low Altitude” at 9 a.m., and “How to Be the Story: Developing and Implementing a Public Relations Plan” at 10:45 a.m.
Trade Show Details: Exhibit hours: noon—5 p.m.
Authors, Authors: The trade show opens at 12:15 p.m. with a booksellers’ luncheon hosted by HarperCollins, Random House and Scholastic. The Authors Feast and SCBA Book Awards (7:30 p.m.) takes place that evening. A reception is planned prior to the main event, starting at 6:30 p.m. Organizers expect more than 50 authors, including Noel Alumit, Gustavo Arellano, Colleen Dunn Bates, Will Beall, Marla Frazee, Robin Preiss Glasser, Denise Hamilton, Gregg Hurwitz, Judy Bart Kancigor, Bill Plaschke, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Lisa See and Stuart Timmons.
Also of Interest: A two-hour “pick of the lists” starting at 4 p.m.
Contact: Jennifer Bigelow, (626) 793-8435; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.scbabooks.org.