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.
The Publishers Group West Party on Thursday night at le poisson rougue, continued to be a Party with a Purpose. Binc was selected as the designated charity for a second year and with the help of the PGW organizers and the fantastic band, The Soul Rebels, we made more friends, raised awareness of Binc’s financial assistance programs, collected donations and danced the night away. Thanks again to everyone at PGW for including us in this high-energy and appreciated event!
Our events in NYC weren’t all business. On Friday night, Pam and Penny managed to surprise Kit (a very difficult thing to do) with a champagne toast and belated birthday dinner at Oceana – thanks to board member Anne Kubek for the recommendation. Happy Birthday once again, Kit!
On Saturday, not daring to venture into the insanity that was BookCon, Kit and Penny happily went to visit bookstores in Brooklyn. After renting City Bikes and riding over the Brooklyn Bridge they went to 3 delightful Indies: BookCourt General Books, Idlewild Books, and Greenlight Bookstore. After a quick stop at the Brooklyn Flea Market it was decided nothing more would fit into their suitcases and they called it a day.
BEA 2014 was the best yet for the Foundation. We saw a lot of old friends and made many new connections. Thanks to all the booksellers, publishers, authors and organizers for helping and supporting us at BEA in many different ways. As we continue to raise awareness about Binc’s programs at events like BEA, we increase the likelihood of assisting more booksellers. That’s what it’s all about!