While getting into and out of Kansas City was a lesson in patience, it was worth the wait. This was my first time attending Winter Institute. Wow, what a great event for book people! From the education sessions to the author signings to the casual conversations about bookselling, this was a great place to learn new skills for running a bookshop, and importantly meet booksellers.
A few new acquaintances include Bruce Delaney from Rediscovered Books in Boise, ID and Seth Marko from UCSD Bookstore in La Jolla, CA and Gloria Zanger from Book Look in Stevens Point, WI. And it was great to meet Anne Philbrick from Bank Square Books, very glad her shop is back open after hurricane Sandy. And thank you to Wendy Hudson from Nantucket Book Partners in Nantucket, MA and Bill Cusamano from Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, MI for stopping by to see me at the consultation station.
In addition to meeting new booksellers it was very good to catch up with Melissa Opei from Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane, WA and Matthew Gildea from Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cinncinnati, OH. And I was also able to stop in at CAMEX for an afternoon and caught up with Cynthia D’Angleo from NACS and Loreen Maxfield from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I was very lucky to have the winning bid in the ABFFE Art Auction to Benefit Children’s Books. The Adventures of Inky Pete by Andy Musser has found a home in our offices.
A big thank you to our friends at ABA for including the Foundation in this event. This was a perfect way to continue to spread the word about the financial assistance that is available to booksellers. I’m already looking forward to next year and meeting up with everyone in Seattle. It doesn’t snow in Seattle? Does it?
Post by Pam French – Executive Director, Binc Foundation