The 2017 fall trade show season has come to an end. Trade Show season is a crucial time for the Binc team since our most effective tool for awareness is talking to booksellers directly. It was great to see so many friends from all across the book industry, from IBAs to the ABA and everyone in between.
We’ve been incredibly busy helping booksellers after hurricanes, wildfires and through all of the other emergencies we’ve helped with for more than 20 years. Even so, we wanted to take a minute to share some of our favorite memories from the 2017 Trade show season
Our Program Director, Kit Steinaway, said her favorite memory came from early in the season, at the SIBA gathering:
“My favorite memory from this year’s trade show season was the sight of so many booksellers having fun together playing a rousing game of Heads-Or-Tails. We spend a lot of time helping booksellers through their most dire moments, to see so many of my favorite people just having a great time was amazing.”
Director of Development Kathy Bartson’s favorite part of travelling to trade shows is the warm reception Binc receives from all of the Independent Bookseller Associations, and how their support helps Binc help more booksellers.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of the IBAs. The good will they have put out for us for all these years is paying off because booksellers are learning they can turn to us for help.”
Joan Noricks recently joined the Binc team as Office Coordinator. She and fellow newbie Adam Gac joined Kit for the Heartland Fall Forum. She was wowed (and a little exhausted) by the experience.
“I knew we were going to be meeting a lot of wonderful booksellers, but who knew I was in for personal capacity building? The programming was amazing, especially listening to so many authors and wanting to read all their work – not to mention strengthening my upper body carrying all those various tote bags of books.”
Communications Coordinator Adam Gac had this to say:
“THIS IS AMAZING. I can’t wait to get back to the office to make a blog post about how incredible it is to spend time with so many brilliant booksellers.”
The northern California show kicked off while many of the wildfires were still burning, Executive Director Pam French was there, talking with booksellers about the needs of their communities.
“Being with book people and in particular witnessing their resiliency and compassion for each other was inspiring. This is why Binc exists, to help booksellers help each other when the unthinkable happens.”
We can’t wait to see everyone again next year. (And at Winter Institute!)