In this day and age of constant bombardment of “too good to be true” deals, audiences have become rightfully skeptical. How then can Binc reassure booksellers that our offer of financial assistance with no strings attached is the real deal? The answer is to meet face-to-face in a place where we can take time to explain our programs and answer any questions booksellers may have. Ideally, it would be a place that attracts a number of book people from across the industry. A location where those who have been helped can share their experiences with those who are just hearing about the Foundation. That perfect place turns out to be a regional IBA Trade Show (or more accurately, eight separate shows). This year the trade shows have been rebranded as Discovery Shows and this couldn’t fit Binc more appropriately. We are traveling back and forth across the country to help books industry professionals “discover” Binc.
Those outdated phones can help pay a bookseller’s emergency expenses when they are recycled through the Binc Foundation. This fall, at the seven regional IBA Trade Shows, the Binc Foundation will be holding a cell phone drive. Who doesn’t have at least one old phone collecting dust in some drawer? You can help your staff, friends and customers de-clutter and raise money for booksellers in need at the same time. The funds raised through the cell phone recycling project are turned into assistance for medical bills, help with housing and utilities and more.
The staff of Binc traveled to New York again this year to attend Book Expo America. As in past years, it was a busy few days with many people to meet and book industry events to attend. We kicked things off with an informal “Drinks with Binc” happy hour for board members, volunteers, supporters and staff to meet each other, chat and gear up for BEA!
The ABA Booksellers Lounge was a once again a quiet oasis at Book Expo America for booksellers to relax, have a snack, catch up with each other and go to author signings (Anjelica Huston!) away from the frenzy of the trade show floor. Binc’s table in the lounge busily welcomed many visitors from the book industry. Whether they were already aware of the Foundation’s programs, like committee members Susan Schlesinger and Michael Link who we were thrilled to meet face-to-face after having worked with them by phone for months, or new to our mission to help booksellers and their families, like Peggy and Carol from Turn of the Corkscrew, Binc had tons of assistance information to share. We announced the winners of the 2014 Scholarship Program, showed booksellers our video detailing how the Foundation assisted bookseller Clarey Rudd from Bank of Books in Malibu, California, and talked about the new Automatic Payroll Donation option we are starting after booksellers requested it in our industry survey.
Dear Literati Customers,
When you shopped at Literati on Sunday, March 31, you may have thought you were celebrating this wonderful store’s first anniversary, or maybe you were just picking up a book you were looking forward to reading. Truth be known, you were doing much, much more. Because of Literati’s generous offer, half of your purchase was donated to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. The purchase you made will directly affect the life of a dedicated bookseller working in one of the country’s independent bookstores.
While attending the 2012 Heartland Fall Forum I had the wonderful luck to sit next to Hilary Lowe (now Gustafson) and Mike Gustafson during the opening event. After reading their names tags, including Ann Arbor as the location of their store I could hardly sit still even though one of my favorite authors, Louise Erdrich, was being introduced. After the event I introduced myself and learned they were planning to open a bookshop in downtown Ann Arbor. It would be hard to underestimate the joy I felt about their news. Another bookstore opening in Ann Arbor, downtown, was going to be a dream come true.
Going from the very cold mid-west to spring-like Seattle was just one of the benefits of attending Winter Institute 9. I also got to meet the five scholarship winners the Foundation sponsored. Getting to visit each of their stores would make for a wonderful summer road trip. It would take me to:
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
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!
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.
My Book Expo 2013 adventure started early on a Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m. The week in New York City would prove to be busy with visits to bookstores, publisher events and meeting booksellers from all across the country.
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.