Forums Next Week: New York City and Naperville

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Booksellers are invited to ABA Booksellers Forum programs in New York City and Naperville, Illinois, on April 17 and 20, respectively. Each program will feature an open discussion of industry issues and the ABA education session “The Best of Winter Institute 7’s Best Practices Sessions,” a roundup of booksellers’ top tips on finances, relationship building, children’s bookselling, technology, and more from the 2012 Winter Institute. ABA education at the forums is sponsored by the Ingram Content Group.

Booksellers take part in the ABA Booksellers Forum program on March 22 at Watermark Books & Cafe in Wichita, Kansas.

The New York Booksellers Forum program, held in conjunction with the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, will take place on Tuesday, April 17, from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at The Old School (233 Mott Street, between Prince and Spring streets) in New York City. It will be followed by a visit to McNally Jackson  at 52 Prince Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry streets).

To provide ABA with a headcount for the forum lunch, booksellers who are planning to attend the New York Forum are asked to RSVP by Friday, April 13, to Kaitlin Pitcher, ABA’s member relationship manager for the NAIBA region.

The Illinois forum on Friday, April 20, will be held from 11:00 am. - 3:30 p.m. at the Downtown Naperville Alliance (55 South Main Street, Conference Room A) in conjunction with the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. In addition to ABA’s programming, the forum will include an update on the MIBA and GLIBA Heartland Fall Forum, their first combined fall show. The day will be capped by a reception at Anderson's Bookshop (123 West Jefferson Avenue), co-sponsored by Anderson’s, GLIBA, and MIBA, and featuring authors Mawi Asgedom, Andrea Beaty, Melanie Benjamin, Emily Ecton, Ted Goeglein, Tom Lichtenheld, Marianne Malone, Susan Elizabeth Philips, Kristina Springer, and Denise Swanson.

To provide ABA with a headcount for the forum lunch, booksellers who are planning to attend the Naperville forum are asked to RSVP by Tuesday, April 17, to Nathan Halter, ABA’s member relationship manager for the GLIBA and MIBA regions.

Additional details about the New York and Naperville forums are available here. The last ABA Booksellers Forum of the season will be held on Wednesday, April 25, in Medford, Massachusetts.