Winter Institute

31 Jan

The Winter Institute in Pictures

The 500 independent booksellers who gathered at last weekend's Winter Institute participated in 24 education sessions; three keynote addresses; four Rep Picks sessions, which were repeated several times; three evening receptions, including one featuring 38 authors; and innumerable opportunities to socialize and network with colleagues.

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29 Jan

Wi3 Rep Picks: The Titles They Were Talking About

Last week's Winter Institute included four Rep Picks sessions, which were repeated three times over the course of the two days. At each, representatives from six of Wi3's 24 Publisher Partners presented titles that independent booksellers can look forward to selling this spring. Here's a look at the lists of titles as provided by the publishers prior to the event. (The list is also available as a downloadable PDF.)

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24 Jan

The Winter Institute Begins

As Bookselling This Week reaches your Inbox this Thursday, close to 500 ABA member booksellers are converging in Louisville, Kentucky, for the opening of the American Booksellers Association's Third Annual Winter Institute (Wi3).

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22 Jan

'It Was a Dark and Stormy Night in Louisville...'

For fun, the 35-plus authors participating in the Winter Institute's (Wi3) Friday evening Author Reception were asked to add 25 to 50 words to the sentence "It was a dark and stormy night in Louisville, and the room was filled with 500 independent booksellers from all over the country."

Here are the 19 very entertaining responses to date -- which clearly demonstrate just why these authors are among independent booksellers' favorites:

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16 Jan

James Lichtenberg to Demystify RFID at Wi3

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16 Jan

Around Louisville: Top Attractions & Downtown-Area Restaurants

Louisville, Kentucky, the host city for next week's Winter Institute, offers visitors a wide range of events and attractions -- everything from historical sites and distillery tours to steamboat rides and a world-class zoo, from the state science center to the Derby and Louisville Slugger museums, and much, much more.

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10 Jan

Like Moths to a Flame: Wi3 Keynote Danny Meyer on How to Attract Customers

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08 Jan

A Change in Wi3 Plans? ABA Needs to Know

The American Booksellers Association is asking booksellers who want to cancel their Winter Institute hotel reservations at the Louisville Marriott Downtown to contact ABA Program Assistant Margaret Nafz ( before doing so to allow booksellers on the waiting list to fill their place

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03 Jan

Augusten Burroughs, Jim Noles & Bill McKibben Join Wi3 Lineup

This week, the American Booksellers Association announced the addition of Augusten Burroughs and Jim Noles to the list of 35-plus authors scheduled to appear at the Third Annual Winter Institute's (Wi3) Friday evening Author Reception.

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13 Dec

Great Author Lineup on Tap for Wi3 Reception

The first full day of educational programming at next month's Third Annual Winter Institute (Wi3) will come to a celebratory conclusion at a reception featuring more than 35 of independent booksellers' favorite authors. Thanks to the support of Wi3's publisher partners, from 6:30 p.m.

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13 Dec

Wi3 Provides Three Opportunities to Get the Scoop on Upcoming Titles

Booksellers attending next month's Winter Institute (Wi3) will have the opportunity to hear presentations about some of the best from publisher partners' upcoming lists at three Rep Picks sessions.

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13 Dec

It's Easy Being Green: Wi3 Panel to Discuss How

Without a doubt, being green is in. And though booksellers have understood the importance of being environmentally conscious since the early 1960s, when Rachel Carson's Silent Spring was published, the book industry as a whole has only recently begun looking for ways to become more enviro-friendly.

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06 Dec

PartnerShip/FedEx to Provide On-site Discount Shipping at Wi3

PartnerShip/FedEx will be providing on-site discount shipping for participants in the American Booksellers Association's 2008 Winter Institute who are enrolled in the ABA Discount Shipping Program.

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