Beth Ineson Named NEIBA Executive Director

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Beth InesonThe New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) has named Beth Ineson as the organization’s new executive director.

“We are very pleased to have Beth take the reins at NEIBA,” said Laura Cummings, president of the NEIBA Board. “She was the unanimous choice of the search committee and of the board and brings a depth of experience that will serve the association well.”

Ineson has more than 25 years of experience in the book business in New England, having held positions at Yale University Press, Globe Pequot, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and America’s Test Kitchen. She has worked as a bookseller, a sales rep, and a director of field sales, and has been a supporter of independent bookstores in all of her roles.

“Independent bookstores are the beating heart of the book business,” said Ineson. “I’m thrilled to be more actively involved in furthering this channel’s role as the preeminent place to discover great books, find community, and nurture readers of every age.”

Ineson is also an adjunct instructor in Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department, and is a member of the board of advisors of the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University.

One of her first official duties will be to attend Winter Institute in Memphis alongside outgoing Executive Director Steve Fischer, who is retiring after serving NEIBA since 2006.

“Steve has been very generous to assist the organization during this transition,” said Cummings. “Beth will be able to garner a greater understanding of how NEIBA works and she’ll be able to smoothly hit the ground running.”

Ineson begins her work at the NEIBA offices upon her return from Memphis. Until then, she can be reached at bineson@gmail.com