Events & News

Various events are attended throughout the year as a way for Binc to increase awareness of the Foundation, raise funds and be involved with the community. Everyone knows that the best events are the ones with the most participation, and with this in mind we want to make it easier for you to get involved! Below is information about upcoming and annual book industry events that would benefit from your involvement.

Previous Events



Each Fall the Binc staff travels to the Regional Trade Shows to meet with booksellers. This year we are lucky to have Query Books Founder and Binc Board Member, Ken White help us represent the Foundation at the California shows. Thanks Ken!

Click on the points in the map below to see our travel route as we travel through the fall.

Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
3415 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC
Pam & Kit

Friday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Somerset & Conference Center
200 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ

Friday, Oct. 2 – Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015
Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin St.
Providence, RI

Thursday, Oct. 8 – Saturday, Oct. 10
Renaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec St.
Denver, CO

Heartland Fall Forum
Friday, Oct. 9 – Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL
Pam and Penny

Thursday, Oct. 15 – Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
South San Francisco Conference Center
255 S. Airport Blvd S.
San Francisco, CA
Ken White

Friday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
The Beverly Garland Hotel
4222 Vineland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Ken White



The Binc staff and board members will be attending BEA 2015 from Wednesday, May 27 to Friday, May 29. We’ll be stationed in the booksellers lounge again this year, thanks to ABA, and will be announcing the 2015 Higher Education Scholarship winners. More information to come, check back for updates! Hope to see you there.



On Saturday, May 2, 2015 the first national Independent Bookstore Day will be held. After the success of California Bookstore Day last year, the event is expanding to include more than 400 bookstores across the US with the support of the regional bookseller associations and the ABA.

The purpose of this national event is to celebrate local bookstores and the things only they can offer to the community. There will be author visits, food, drink, special merchandise, and lots of fun. Sixteen exclusive books and book related items will be offered including a Chris Ware print, a signed Margaret Atwood stencil, a literary map of the seas, a signed Captain Underpants print and much more.

For more information on events happening on May 2nd at a bookstore near you visit the Indie Bookstore Day participating store map or the IBD website.

See you there!!


GABBS 2015Kit will be attending GABBS from March 12 – 14 in Atlanta, GA. On Saturday Kit will be a featured speaker at the Reviving the Resource Roundtable Breakfast from 8 – 10 am. Enjoy continental breakfast while veteran booksellers and industry professionals rotate from table to table each discussing a variety of topics relevant to you.  From “Working with Writers” to “Building Better Booksellers” to “Edelweiss, Your Best Book Friend” to “Simple Solutions for Small Budgets”, “Social Networking”, and more.

Full list of featured roundtable speakers:

Nicki Leone – BUILDING BETTER BOOKSELLERS, Engagement + SIBA = Profits
Jamie Fiocco – AUTHOR EVENTS, The Why and The How and The Who
Jill Hendrix – ABACUS, The How & The Why
Linda-Marie Barrett – CUSTOMER SERVICE: Service with a style
Kit Steinaway – BINC: Getting & Giving

Stop by the Binc table, say hello to Kit and find out more about the Foundation and our programs.

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ABA Winter Institute, February 8 – 11, 2015 in Asheville, NC

Pam is excited to attend the 10th anniversary of the ABA’s Winter Institute.  She will be in the Consultation Station on Tuesday, February 10th from 10am to 4pm to answer questions about Binc and our programs. Valerie Welborne will there on Wednesday, February 11th from 10am – noon. If you would like to set up an appointment to meet with Pam or Val please contact Pam directly at

Hope to see you there!

Third Anniversary Holiday Open House and Volunteer Thank You

For those in the Ann Arbor area, please join us on Wednesday, December 3rd from 5 – 8 pm for an open house at Wolverine State Brewing Company to celebrate another successful year at the Foundation.

Stop by for a few minutes or stay the entire time to catch up. We couldn’t do what we do without your help. Hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Wolverine State Brewing Company – 2019 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI

2014 Fall IBA Meetings & Tradeshow Roundup

We have returned from a  busy, greatly entertaining and amazingly productive IBA Discovery Show tour. We want to say thank you to everyone that stopped by to say hello and learn more about Binc.  We also want to say thanks to those that dropped off cell phones for our phone drive.  We are counting up the number of phones we received and will be notifying the winners of the gift cards over the next few days.

We hope everyone enjoyed the Fall Shows as much as we did and we look forward to next year. We’ll see you all again at Winter Institute in February 2015!


Literati anniversary

Literati Bookstore Raises $2660 for the Foundation

Thank you to Hilary & Mike Gustafson and everyone at Literati Bookstore for raising over $2600 for Binc during your first anniversary celebration. We are so grateful for your support in our mission to strengthen the bookselling community!