Our IBA Travel Continues at the PNBA Trade Show in Portland

The folks at The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association put on a busy and vibrant show, chuck full of authors and events. The staff and volunteers were all as helpful as could be and made me feel very welcome. Thanks everyone!

1. Getting great feedback from booksellers about improving our website. Thanks Bruce, from Rediscovered Books!

2. Meeting so many northwest authors and hearing about the wide variety of books they are publishing.

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GLIBA & MIBA Host a Fantastic Heartland Fall Forum Trade Show

Pam and Penny attended the Heartland Fall Forum hosted by GLIBA and MIBA in Chicago over the weekend.  It was a great event full of old and new friends, unforgettable authors and an energetic trade show floor.  Here are the top ten reasons The Heartland Fall Forum exceeded our expectations!

10. Meeting a happy parent of Meghan Roegge, one of our scholarship winners from Chapter 2 Books in Hudson, WI.

9. Hearing author Jim Harrison speak at lunch on Friday!

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Bookseller’s Conference Top Ten List – Northern California Edition

I attended the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference in San Francisco.

In addition to meeting all the great booksellers, here are my top ten favorite things.

10. My early morning walk to San Francisco Bay.

9. Running into vendors I have met at past shows, who are now friends.

8. Learning from his colleagues, that Steve Harkins (our emcee at Trivia for Cheaters in New Orleans) is a singer! Just wait until next year, Steve!!

7. Very cool posters, totes and shirts from Litographs.

6. From East West Bookshop – “We have your poster in our back room”.

5. Martin Pearl Publishing’s very booky booth.

Martin Pearl

4. Meeting a co-worker of our scholarship winner from Bookshop Santa Cruz.

3. Picking up some fun postcards from Workman, advertising the book Big Appetites.

2. Beer tastings and wine tastings – these book people like to party!

1. The ABA crew sporting our orange “I support Binc” ribbons.

binc ribbons

Bye, bye San Francisco . . . I’m off to Portland.


Top Ten Reasons We Loved SIBA

Pam, Kit and Penny had a great time at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance trade show in New Orleans!  There were too many highlights to mention, so we’ve narrowed it down to just 10.  Thanks to everyone that made SIBA wonderful, and made our Trivia for Cheaters fun-raiser a huge success!

10. John Densmore joining “The Tworking Girls” for a round of Trivia for Cheaters

9. Hearing Amy Tan, Sandra Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert and Lee Smith all speak at the SIBA Supper

8. Showing the cool, new Story Stickers to booksellers and seeing how much they liked it

7. Our brief, impromptu NOLA cemetery tour

6. Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

5. Faulkner House Books

4. Seeing Bourbon Street

3. Meeting the Trivia for Cheaters teams in person

2. Steve Harkins from Baker &Taylor wearing his thank-you bling beads with his lovely suit

1. Getting free books and learning about what’s coming out this season and what the booksellers are recommending

What are your Top Ten from SIBA?

Look for more Top Ten lists as we visit more IBA Trade Shows this fall!

Trivia for Cheaters a Success at SIBA

A special appearance by legendary Doors drummer, John Densmore, added an extra bit of excitement to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s Trivia for Cheaters event in New Orleans. John graciously agreed to be auctioned as the expert to assist a team for the final round of play which focused on Doors trivia. Spirited bidding added greatly to the $1,475 raised to assist booksellers in times of personal financial crisis.

John Densmore

The legendary John Densmore of The Doors reads from his book The Doors: Unhinged.

Trivia for Cheaters

John Densmore was auctioned to Team Tworking Girls for the round of Doors trivia.

The event was held as part of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Fall Trade Show taking place September 18 – 22. Seven teams of four competed in a spirited event, testing their knowledge in categories ranging from children’s books to super heroes. By soliciting donations to benefit the Binc Foundation, teams were able to purchase additional team members, correct answers and other “cheats”. The Enablers, a team from Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC took home the grand prize and bragging rights as the SIBA Trivia Champs for 2013.

SIBA Executive Director, Wanda Jewell, was instrumental in helping Binc pull together this unique event. Baker & Taylor generously sponsored the event, with their own Steve Harkins acting as emcee and their staff keeping the refreshments flowing to contestants and audience alike.


Team SIBA thinks hard as emcee Steve Harkins runs the show.

Binc at the IBAs – Our Fall Tour



This year as Pam, Kit and Penny travel across the country to seven of the regional Independent Bookseller Association Trade Shows, we will be adding fundraising events and education sessions to our repertoire. Three organizations have offered to host a fundraiser to raise funds to assist their fellow booksellers, and one other has scheduled a Binc education session. These regional IBA events have proven to be our best method for meeting and having meaningful conversations with booksellers across the country.

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Binc Steps Out at BEA

Book Expo America was the perfect stage for Binc to bring the message of emergency assistance directly to book store employees. The Javits Center in New York was jammed with booksellers from across the country, the very people that Binc is here to serve. This year, with the help of the American Booksellers Association and Publishers Group West, the connection between Binc and the store employees was made stronger.

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Publishers Group West Party Benefits Binc


The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the designated charity for the Publishers Group West party at Book Expo America, which will be held at Le Poisson Rouge on Friday evening, May 31st. Look for Pam and Alison in the ABA Lounge at BEA to get more information on how to attend the party of the year!

Binc’s First Winter Institute Visit

While getting into and out of Kansas City was a lesson in patience, it was worth the wait. This was my first time attending Winter Institute. Wow, what a great event for book people! From the education sessions to the author signings to the casual conversations about bookselling, this was a great place to learn new skills for running a bookshop, and importantly meet booksellers.

A few new acquaintances include Bruce Delaney from Rediscovered Books in Boise, ID and Seth Marko from UCSD Bookstore in La Jolla, CA and Gloria Zanger from Book Look in Stevens Point, WI. And it was great to meet Anne Philbrick from Bank Square Books, very glad her shop is back open after hurricane Sandy. And thank you to Wendy Hudson from Nantucket Book Partners in Nantucket, MA and Bill Cusamano from Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, MI for stopping by to see me at the consultation station.

In addition to meeting new booksellers it was very good to catch up with Melissa Opei from Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, WA and Matthew Gildea from Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cinncinnati, OH. And I was also able to stop in at CAMEX for an afternoon and caught up with Cynthia D’Angleo from NACS and Loreen Maxfield from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

I was very lucky to have the winning bid in the ABFFE Art Auction to Benefit Children’s Books. The Adventures of Inky Pete by Andy Musser has found a home in our offices.

Inky Pete revised

A big thank you to our friends at ABA for including the Foundation in this event. This was a perfect way to continue to spread the word about the financial assistance that is available to booksellers. I’m already looking forward to next year and meeting up with everyone in Seattle. It doesn’t snow in Seattle? Does it?

Post by Pam French – Executive Director, Binc Foundation