The American Booksellers Association’s 2021 Winter Institute will be held virtually from Thursday, February 18, through Saturday, February 20.
Registration will open at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, January 7, 2021. There is no cap on attendance, and registration closes January 29.
Booksellers can visit the Winter Institute landing page at that time to register for the event, which costs $35 per person. The three-day event will consist of keynote presentations, rep picks sessions, educational programming, social events with fellow booksellers and authors, poetry interludes, IndieCommerce one-on-ones, a fundraiser for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, and more. Booksellers will also have the opportunity to register for the February 17 Paz & Associates “Introduction to Retail Bookselling” workshop, which costs $149 and includes admission to Winter Institute.
Just before the event, each attendee signing up with a unique email address will receive a unique link to sign in; attendee links cannot be used by more than one person, so all booksellers who wish to attend should be sure to sign up individually and with a unique email address. Rep picks, keynote presentations, and educational sessions will be available as recordings in the weeks following Winter Institute, but all other Winter Institute programming (including the publisher and vendor expo, poetry interludes, discussion groups, virtual hangouts, and interactive chats) are only available to those attending live.
American Sign Language interpretation services will be provided for education sessions, keynotes, and Rep Picks sessions; closed captioning will be available on these recordings following the event. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services are provided by Handwriter Ink. and brought to you in part by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
Questions about the event can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Booksellers should also mark their calendars for March 17-18, when the virtual IndieCommerce Institute will take place. Registration is slated to open at the start of February; watch BTW for details.