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ABA Snow Days:
A Virtual Bookselling Retreat
March 8–10, 2022
Registration opens Wednesday, January 19.

 

This new event will feature live and recorded educational programming, authors, and networking opportunities.
Watch BTW for updates about Snow Days, and watch your inbox on Wednesday, January 19 for the registration link.

 


Program Highlights

How to Imagine the Future of Bookselling
With Jane McGonigal author of Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything—Even Things that Seem Impossible Today.

Poets Take the Stage!
With Danny Caine, Raven Bookstore (Lawrence, KS); Linda Gregerson, Mariner Books at HarperCollins; Saeed Jones, Coffee House Press; Ada Limón, Milkweed Editions; Paul Tran, Viking Press, and Amber McBride, Feiwel & Friends at Macmillan Children’s Publishers.

Storytelling in the Cultural Moment
With Jennifer Egan, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, and Celeste Ng in conversation with author/bookseller Emma Straub.

A keynote with bestselling author and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Alicia Keys in conversation with Donya Craddock from The Dock Bookshop.

 


Program Teasers

  • Virtual Galley Room

  • Publisher Expo

  • Poetry Interludes

  • Bookseller-to-Bookseller Discussion Groups on Imagining the Future of Bookselling

  • Unions 101 for booksellers and bookstores

  • Rep Picks

  • Roundtables: Financial Q&A With PK Sindwani and Cynthia Compton, Best Practices for Optimizing Store-Branded Merchandise, Conversation With Nonprofits and Employee- Owned Co-ops, Conversations with Microstores, Book Banning Challenges in Schools and Libraries, Business Adaptations From 2020 and 2021 Worth Keeping, Conversation with Mobile and Pop-up Stores, and Genre Book Buzz

  • Report from the Field: Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance 

  • Community Meetups for LGBTQIA2S+, BIPOC, Disability, and Neurodiverse communities

  • Publisher and Business Partner Appointments

  • IndieCommerce 2.0: Update and Q&A 

  • IndieCommerce one-on-ones

  • Receptions in Kumospace with Authors

  • Creating a Strategic Plan for Your Store  

  • Community Connectors: Suggestions From Mission-Driven Stores Walking the Talk


 

Snow Days KEYNOTES

 

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times bestselling author, a film/television and Broadway producer, an entrepreneur, and a powerful force in the world of activism. Keys’ new graphic novel, Girl on Fire was co-written with Andrew Weiner, founder and CEO of Inner Station, and illustrated by Brittney Williams, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient and a Luminarts Fellow.

 

Amber McBride

Amber McBride

Amber McBride teaches English literature at Northern Virginia Community College and has a BA in English from James Madison University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, decomp, and more, and Me (Moth) is her debut novel.

 

Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal

Future forecaster, New York Times bestselling author, designer of alternate reality games, and author of Imaginable: How to see the future coming and feel ready for anything—even things that seem impossible today.

 

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a New York Times bestselling poet, essayist, and cultural critic whose poetry has been published in PEN American, Muzzle, Vinyl, and other journals. In 2021, he was named a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, and his most recent book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Abdurraqib is also a Tin House Editor-at-Large.

 

Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is the author of six previous books of fiction: Manhattan Beach, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction; A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine.

 

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Bingham Prize, The Story Prize, and winner of an American Book Award. She received the 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, and received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts and MPIBA's Reading the West Award. She earned her MFA from the University of Wyoming, and is the 2022/2023 Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Texas State University. She is from Denver, Colorado.

 

Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and her work has been published in over thirty languages.

 

Emma Straub

Emma Straub

Emma Straub is the New York Times–bestselling author of four other novels—All Adults Here, The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures—and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Danny Caine

Danny Caine

Owner of Raven Book Store, and author of the poetry collections Continental Breakfast, El Dorado Freddy's, and ​Flavortown, and the book How to Resist Amazon and Why.

 

Donya Craddock

Donya Craddock

Donya Craddock is co-owner of The Dock Bookshop and leads the Dock's various reading and community groups. She is a member of ABA's Booksellers Advisory Council, and recently became a Certified Professional Bookseller in Event Management through the Professional Booksellers School.

 

Linda Gregerson

Linda Gregerson

Author of six previous collections of poetry, most recently of Prodigal: New and Selected Poems. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

 

Saeed Jones

Saeed Jones

Author of the memoir How We Fight for Our Lives, winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction and the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, and GQ.

 

Ada Limón

Ada Limón

Author of The Hurting Kind, as well as five other collections of poems, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Limón is the new host of American Public Media’s weekday poetry podcast The Slowdown.

 

Paul Tran

Paul Tran

Paul Tran received their BA in history from Brown University and MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where they were the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow and Senior Poetry Fellow. Their awards include a 2021 Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Paul’s work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. All the Flowers Kneeling is their first collection.

 


All Snow Days attendees are expected to adhere to ABA’s Code of Conduct.
 
ABA is committed to the education of all bookstore members. To make long-distance learning accessible, ABA records programming and disseminates the content on BookWeb whenever possible. Attendees participating on video and/or text chat as panelists and in the audience will be recorded for these purposes.
 
In addition, ABA may share screenshots from Snow Days sessions or chats in our follow-up reporting on the event.
 
 
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