Binc Foundation Assistance Rises Dramatically

Foundation Assistance Rises Dramatically

Last year at this time, the Binc Foundation had received and approved two financial assistance grants, both were related to medical expenses. This year, with industry support, Binc has seen a steady increase in requests, receiving 17 requests during the same period. And this year’s requests have been for a wider variety of qualifying events including utility shut-off prevention, loss of household income, homelessness prevention, as well as serious medical expenses. These requests, which average $1,900 are coming from booksellers across the country, working both for independent bookstores and bookstore chains.

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What I Learned from Booksellers

GLIBA spring meeting 2014Being in a room with a group of energetic booksellers was a great way to spend a sunny winter day in Cleveland. The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association held their spring meeting with Oren Teicher and Joy Dallanegra-Sanger of the American Booksellers Association leading a lively discussion about what makes indie bookstores special and how they can continue to thrive. It was impossible not to get swept into the tide of creative ideas coming from the 30+ booksellers assembled.

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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.

Kit

Publishers Group West Party Benefits Binc

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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!