Winter Institute Almost Sold Out!

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Registration for the American Booksellers Association’s 2011 Winter Institute, which opened in September, is now almost booked to capacity. Sign-up for the sixth annual education event – sponsored by the Ingram Content Group – is open exclusively to ABA bookstore and provisional members and capped at 500 participants. Booksellers who don’t want to be closed out are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Once registration is filled, names will be put on a waiting list. (Register now.)

The Sixth Annual Winter Institute, on January 19, 20, and 21, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, in Arlington, Virginia, will offer booksellers more than 30 education sessions, extensive networking opportunities, and, with Capitol Hill just a few Metro stops away, a Legislative Day devoted to policy, advocacy, and small business issues.

The schedule also features five evening receptions: an opening reception on January 18 at Washington’s renowned Politics & Prose; a Legislative Day reception, co-sponsored by the Center for the Book, at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, on January 19; an Emerging Leaders reception, sponsored by Workman, also on the 19th; the ever-popular author reception on January 20; and a closing reception, featuring authors from small and independent presses, on the 21st. (Watch for details in upcoming editions of BTW.)

Hotel reservations at the Crystal Gateway Marriott are still available at the Wi6 room rate of $119 per night, for Tuesday, January 18, through Saturday, January 22. The special rate for ABA bookseller and provisional members and participating publisher sponsors will only be available until January 5, 2011, or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Reservations must be made through the Crystal Gateway Marriott's dedicated Wi6 reservations page. (Reserve a room now.)

For a complete list of sessions, receptions, and events, visit BookWeb.org. Questions should be addressed to Wi6@bookweb.org.