Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: On the Road with Binc

For six weeks in September and October, one or all of Binc’s three person staff was on the road visiting the regional conferences sponsored by the Independent Bookseller Associations. Pam, Alison and Kit made the most of this chance to meet and greet booksellers across the country. Spreading Binc’s message of the assistance programs available directly to the booksellers was an invaluable opportunity and the warm reception we received was heartening.

The bookstore employees we met were pleased to hear of the financial assistance and scholarships that are available to them through the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. A few knew of the existence of the Foundation, but to most it was a new and welcome announcement. If you didn’t get a chance to meet us on the road, please contact us anytime to discover how the Binc Foundation can be of assistance.

As a special surprise, at the Heartland Fall Forum (the combined GLIBA and MIBA conference) Binc was the designated recipient of the proceeds from their annual silent auction. As a result of some very active bidding $3969 was raised to assist with the emergency needs of bookstore employees across the country. Thank you to all the donors and bidders!

Binc would like to thank the executive directors, Wanda Jewell from SIBA, Laura Ayrey from MPIBA, Eileen Dengler from NAIBA, Steve Fischer from NEIBA, Carrie Orby from MIBA, Deb Leonard from GLIBA, Hut Landon from NCIBA and Thom Chambliss from PNBA for their hospitality and support.

6 Great Zombie Reads to Inspire you for the Binc Foundation Zombie Apocalypse!

Written By: Dane Jackson

October is my favorite month of the year for many reasons, the main one being people’s willingness to get scared. As a fan of the horror genre (and the last Borders Horror Buyer), October is especially important to me because I like to recommend books to folks that just may make it hard for them to fall asleep at night. Here’s a list of some great reads to get you through October. Since the Binc Foundation’s Fall Fundraiser theme is Zombie Apocalypse!, I decided to stick with great zombie reads. Enjoy!

6) Feed – Mira Grant: Mira Grant is the name urban fantasy writer Seanan McGuire uses when she wrote her Newsflesh zombie trilogy. With Feed, Grant gives us a world where everyone has the zombie virus and will reanimate upon death. Because of that, bodies need to be dealt with pretty quickly after someone dies. This story follows two bloggers who are covering a presidential race, but they find out someone is trying to assassinate the senator using zombies. At its core, Feed is a criticism of mainstream media and the news.

5) Dead of Night – Jonathan Maberry: A serial killer is injected with an experimental serum that is supposed to keep his mind conscious while his body rots away into nothing. It’s the ultimate death penalty and is being tested as a bioweapon for the military, but something goes wrong. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up with a serious hunger. Dead of Night is filled with lots of gore, action, and military and government conspiracies…key elements to a great zombie novel. Maberry also does a great job developing the human characters and the science behind the zombie infections. It’s a very fast read that makes you want more!

4) Double Dead – Chuck Wendig: Here’s another one of those “why didn’t I think of that” novels. In Double Dead, Wendig introduces us to Coburn, a vampire with a bad attitude who just happens to wake up in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. With his food supply drying out, he’s forced to become the protector of a group of survivors as they make their way West. The book is smart, clever, vulgar, and incredibly gory. It’s also a lot of fun to read.

3) The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor – Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga: If you’re a fan of the comic series or the TV Show, this should be required reading. The Rise of the Governor is Kirkman’s first novel and it tells the story of one of the worst (best?) bad guys in all of comic history…The Governor. This novel is filled with some genuine scares that gave me nightmares and it tells an important backstory to the character who is sure to be one of the focal points of the upcoming season of The Walking Dead.

2) Zone One – Colson Whitehead: Colson Whitehead was the last person I expected to write a zombie novel, but after reading Zone One, I’m glad he did. His novel takes place in Manhattan after the apocalypse as society is trying to rebuild. We follow Mark Spitz around, who is on a team that has the job of making sure building are clear of zombies so the rebuilding can begin. We see glimpses of the apocalypse through Spitz in the form of flashbacks, and through that, Whitehead explores the notion of PASD – Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder. I like this novel so much because it focuses more on the human element over the zombie element.

1) World War Z – Max Brooks: This is the gold standard of zombie fiction. Every zombie novel I read is always judged against World War Z. I realize that it’s not fair to those other books, but that’s just the way it is. Told in the form of an oral history, Max Brooks inserts himself in the story as a journalist trying to get the complete story of the Zombie War from all of the survivors. This is my go-to recommendation for just about anyone, and especially for a list of zombies. If you only read one book on this list this month, make sure it’s World War Z.

Now that you have 6 “scary good” recommendation to learn more about Zombies, we hope you will join the Binc Foundation on Saturday October 27th, 2012 at the Arbor Brewing Company to survive the Zombie Apocalypse!

About Dane Jackson: I’m an aspiring author. I’m currently a freelance entertainment journalist, as well as a social media guru – currently helping independent retailers across the nation with promoting their stores.

Zombie Apocalypse!

A beer-tasting event is scheduled for October 27, 2012 at Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Join friends and supporters, as we taste the variety of brews on tap at this popular downtown gathering place. Enjoy beer and snacks, play some darts, visit with friends, find out what is “brewing” with the Foundation and even win a prize! Registration details: General admission tickets $30 & VIP tickets $100 ($31 and $104 if ordered on-line due to processing fees). Event sponsorships range from $250-$5,000.

A frighteningly fun event!

A frighteningly fun event!

11 Reasons to Meet Up with the Binc Foundation as they Travel to the Fall IBA Conferences

The Binc Foundation will be taking our show on the road in Fall 2012! Catch us at the many stops we will be making around the country to introduce ourselves to booksellers at the regional IBA conferences.

Now you may be asking yourself, who is the Binc Foundation & what can they do for me as a bookseller? Here are 11 great reasons to get to know us:

1. We have been helping bookstore employees facing emergency financial hardships since 1996.

2. If you stop by our booth at one of the IBA conferences you can enter our raffle for a $100 AmEx giftcard. Just for entering the raffle you will receive a Binc Foundation magnet.

3. Binc Foundation offers scholarships for higher education each year in February. The program is open to bookstore employees, bookstore owners and their dependents.

4. We love books and are dedicated to helping indie bookstores.

5. At the MPIBA trade show 9/20/12 – 9/23/12 stop by our booth (#11) to meet our newest board member Lori Tucker-Sullivan of the Independent Booksellers Consortium.

6. At the Heartland Fall Forum the joint tradeshow for GLIBA & MIBA, the Binc Foundation will be the beneficiary of the funds raised from their annual silent auction held on Friday, October 5th.

7. We have a great tag line “Book people helping book people”.

8. If you live in the east, stop by and visit us at NAIBA (Booth#55B) in Washington or NEIBA (Booth #D35) in Providence. Register for our raffle and take home some information.

9. At the PNBA show Pam our Executive Director will provide an information learning session about the Binc Foundation on Saturday, 10/13 at 10:30 a.m.

10. At the end of the Fall conference season all booksellers who have entered our raffle will be eligible for our grand prize award of a scholarship to ABA’s Wi8 in Kansas City.

11. Binc Foundation exists to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families.

We hope to meet you soon. Please leave a comment if we can plan to see you in Denver, Minneapolis, Tacoma, Washington DC, San Francisco or Providence.

Best,

Pam, Alison & Kit

Book Industry Charitable Foundation at Book Expo America

June 4-7, 2012 – The staff of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation traveled to New York City to attend Book Expo America at the Javits Center. Pam, Alison and Kit spent three jam packed days meeting with publishers, distributors, book store owners, authors, and representatives of the American Booksellers Association. Armed with informational flyers and copies of the previous Sunday’s New York Times article, the staff focused on increasing awareness to those attending the show of the services provided by the Foundation to book store employees. Many of the people met during BEA were aware of the Borders Group Foundation of past, and were genuinely pleased that the Foundation remains viable and expanded its mission. Publishers, distributors, book store owners, authors and others in the industry were eager to help us spread the message and introduced many good ideas for the staff to implement in the months ahead.