While the American Booksellers Association canceled the 8th annual Children’s Institute due to the disruption of the COVID-19 outbreak, booksellers are invited to participate in a virtual program on July 15–16. Registration is open now. Furloughed booksellers are also welcome to register (note the separate registration form).
This year, a number of programs will feature American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services from Handwriter Ink. Watch BTW for details in the coming weeks.
Program highlights include:
- A bookseller panel on “Representation in Science Fiction and Fantasy Young Adult and Middle Grade Books”
- A presentation of the Indies Introduce the Best Middle Grade and Young Adult Debuts, featuring bookseller panelists and authors
- A workshop on “White Anti-Racist Allyship: What Is our Role in the Struggle?” led by Cultures Connecting (a separate registration is required but please be sure to register for Ci8 first)
- A panel on “Store Voice, Online Sales, and Profitability,” during which bookstore owners and social media managers will share how they developed their store’s voice, got loud, and captured new customers and drove online sales
- A keynote featuring author and bookstore champion Isaac Fitzgerald
- A virtual hangout with colleagues
- Virtual Rep Picks, where booksellers will meet with publishing reps and have access to a virtual galley room
The virtual Children’s Institute is open to all ABA member booksellers and costs $20; visit BookWeb.org now to register. Registration closes July 1.
Children’s Institute will resume in person on June 16–18, 2021, at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Questions about the institute should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.