Winter Institute

24 Jul

2008 Winter Institute -- Save the Date!

What do Muhammad Ali, baseball bats, mint juleps, and UPS trucks have in common? They all hail from Louisville, Kentucky, site of the American Booksellers Association's Third Annual Winter Institute (a.k.a., WI3), taking place on January 24 - 27, 2008.

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01 Mar

Prospective Booksellers Benefit From Pairing With ABA Board Mentors

Of the 500 booksellers who attended ABA's second annual Winter Institute in Portland, Oregon, in early February, 30 were prospective booksellers. They came to take advantage of some of the 16 educational seminars, to gather resources, and to network with seasoned booksellers. Several prospective booksellers who are planning to open stores this year also participated in a mentorship program that paired each with an ABA Board member. Bookselling This Week recently had the opportunity to speak with a few of them about their experiences.

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21 Feb

What the Winter Institute Drove One Bookseller to Do

Less than two weeks after attending this year's Winter Institute, Becky Milner, the owner of Vintage Books in Vancouver, Washington, wrote to ABA staff to share some of the many changes the two-day education program, and her networking colleagues, inspired her to make in the store's operations. What she created was the beginnings of a great marketing checklist for any independent bookseller.

February 13, 2007

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14 Feb

Publishers Find Winter Institute a Win-Win Event

The second annual ABA Winter Institute concluded its two days of programming on Friday, February 2, in Portland, Oregon, and publishers who attended overwhelmingly praised the event, which combined education sessions and Rep's Picks presentations with a reception at Powell's, author events, and plenty of time for networking.

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08 Feb

The Winter Institute in Photos

For the hundreds of booksellers at the American Booksellers Association's Second Annual Winter Institute, which ran from February 1 - 2 in Portland, Oregon, the days were jam-packed with education, networking, and socializing. A daily overview tells one story (here and here, and a bookseller's firsthand account tells another.

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08 Feb

The Winter Institute Take-Home: A Bookseller's Chronicle

Jessica Stockton, events coordinator at New York City's McNally Robinson Booksellers (and bookseller blogger extraordinaire), files a full account of the second annual Winter Institute, in Portland, Oregon, from the opening reception to the plane flight home.

By Jessica Stockton

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02 Feb

Live From Portland, Oregon -- ABA Winter Institute, Day 2

The second day of the 2007 ABA Winter Institute featured lots more education, peer networking, and even some breaking news about the importance of independent retailing to Main Street America.

The eight-hour-plus schedule included nine educational panels, a breakfast session where booksellers joined in the planning process for the next ABA strategic plan, more rep picks of upcoming adult and children's trade titles, and a "New Media Lunch," which looked at the pervasive effects of digitalization on the book world.

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01 Feb

Live From Portland, Oregon -- ABA Winter Institute, Day 1

Portland, Oregon, no stranger to great bookstores, this morning became center stage for independent bookselling when the second annual ABA Winter Institute began a two-day run at the Portland Doubletree at Lloyd's Center. Five hundred ABA member booksellers from approximately 200 stores were registered for this year's event.

The Winter Institute features 16 educational sessions, as well as six publishers' reps' picks sessions, a plenary session with author Daniel Pink, a lunch panel featuring new media experts, and many other opportunities for bookseller interaction.

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25 Jan

Winter Institute: The Latest on Programs & Presenters

Over the last few weeks, American Booksellers Association staff has been busy putting together the final details for next week's Winter Institute in Portland, Oregon. Here's a final look at the two days of educational programming, with featured speakers, panelists, and moderators, as well as a preview of the array of special events.

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18 Jan

What's So Special About the Winter Institute? Plenty!

In less than two weeks, booksellers from around the country will be gathering in Portland, Oregon, for ABA's Second Annual Winter Institute, to learn, to network, and to just have fun. This year, the two-day education program is chock full of special events, including festive receptions, a provocative plenary session, a New Media Lunch, and much, much more.

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18 Jan

Panel of Experts to Reveal 'Local First' Data at the Winter Institute

Booksellers looking to create or bolster consumer awareness of the importance of shopping locally will find much to help their cause at the panel "How to Create an Independent Business Alliance in Your Community" at this year's Winter Institute.

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11 Jan

Authors Aplenty at Winter Institute in Portland

For the approximately 500 booksellers attending the American Booksellers Association's Second Annual Winter Institute, business will mix with pleasure at an Author Reception on Thursday, February 1.

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06 Dec

A Great Big Thanks to Winter Institute Sponsors

"The 500 booksellers who will be attending the American Booksellers Association's Second Annual Winter Institute in Portland, Oregon, on February 1 and 2 will be the beneficiaries of the generosity of more than 30 sponsors.

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30 Nov

Winter Institute Publisher-Sponsored Scholarship Winners Announced

Twenty-two booksellers have been awarded publisher-sponsored scholarships to attend the American Booksellers Association's second annual Winter Institute in Portland, Oregon. The scholarships cover airfare and hotel accommodations at the Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center, the host hotel for the February 1 and 2 education event.

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