Booksellers Invited to ABA Programming at Heartland, MPIBA Shows

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    Between October 11 and 14, the American Booksellers Association will be at the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) Fall Discovery Show and the Heartland Fall Forum, a combined show of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). At each event, ABA will present new educational programming, and staff will meet with booksellers on the trade show floor.

    Show attendees who stop by the ABA booth can discuss upcoming ABA programming with staff, learn about the latest crop of Indies Introduce debut titles, and leave a business card for an extra chance to win a scholarship to the sold-out Winter Institute 2018; a drawing from the pool of submitted business cards will take place at the end of each show. Non-ABA members who attend either show may use the promo code REGF2017 to test-drive an ABA membership for free until January 31, 2018. This offer will only be available until November 1.

    Here’s a look at ABA programming at each show:

    Heartland Fall Forum logoHeartland Fall Forum
    Wednesday, October 11 – Friday, October 13, 2017
    Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, Illinois

    Attending the show will be ABA Board member Kris Kleindienst, Senior Strategy Officer Dan Cullen, IndieCommerce Specialist Chanthee Keokhaw, and Member Relationship Manager Liz Roberts.

    On October 12, from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., in Room Lilac AC, ABA will present Maximizing Backlist, an education session that will focus on how backlist titles with proven track records can be as important as frontlist titles for store sales and bottom-line profits. The session, to be led by ABA’s Dan Cullen and Board member Kris Kleindienst of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, is open to both members and non-members.

    On October 13 and 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., current IndieCommerce users and non-IndieCommerce ABA members can stop by the Maple Room for one-on-one sessions with Chanthee Keokhaw. Booksellers can book an appointment for a one-on-one session in advance. Stores that sign an IndieCommerce or IndieLite contract at the show will be entered to win a free first year of service.

    Mountains & Plans Independent Booksellers Association logoMPIBA Fall Discovery Show
    Thursday, October 12 – Saturday, October 14, 2017
    Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado

    Attending the show will be ABA Board member Valerie Koehler, Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, Membership & Marketing Officer Meg Smith, IndieCommerce Training Manager Scott Nafz, and Member Relationship Manager Daniel O’Brien.

    On October 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Aspen Room, ABA will present Maximizing Backlist, an education session that will focus on how backlist titles with proven track records can be as important as frontlist titles for store sales and bottom-line profits. The session, to be led by ABA’s Joy Dallanegra-Sanger and Board member Valerie Koehler of Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, is open to both members and non-members.

    On October 12 and 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., current IndieCommerce users and non-IndieCommerce ABA members can stop by the Clear Creek Meeting Room for one-on-one sessions with Scott Nafz. Booksellers can book an appointment for a one-on-one session in advance. Stores that sign an IndieCommerce or IndieLite contract at the show will be entered to win a free first year of service.