One of the things we were struck by in the results from our recent marketing survey was how many booksellers want to donate to Binc. Again and again, booksellers asked to have a method for easy, no-fuss monthly donations, with a preference for paycheck deductions. The Foundation is aware from our beginnings as the Borders Group Foundation that this method is both easy for the donor and successful for the Foundation. For the first 15 years the Foundation received an average of $2.17 per paycheck from bookstore employees across the country. All those small amounts added together formed a significant amount for financial assistance and scholarships. We know from experience that the strength of many, giving a little makes for a very strong Foundation.
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.
It was a whirlwind of a month; attending seven of the eight possible Independent Bookseller Association’s fall conferences. Pam, Penny and Kit were bouncing from one state to another meeting, greeting and educating booksellers about the assistance Binc can offer to their employees. We were thrilled with the response!
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!
9. Hearing author Jim Harrison speak at lunch on Friday!
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!
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.
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.
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.