From October 9 – 11 independent booksellers from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) came together for a weekend of industry education, inspiring authors, and of course books, during the 4th annual Heartland Fall Forum. The underlying theme of the weekend was an appreciation of the work that indie booksellers do and the dedication they have for literature and the industry.
Kit enjoyed spending time with the booksellers from Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association recently in Denver. It all began with a brief presentation at their annual membership meeting, letting the booksellers know that their support (financial and moral) is making a difference in the lives of their colleagues across the country. A hearty thank you to Laura Ayrey and her board of directors for allowing Binc this valuable platform.
From October 6 to 8 the Rhode Island Convention Center was home for the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s (NEIBA) annual fall meeting and trade show. Pam was pleased to represent Binc at the show, where education, networking with other booksellers and previewing new books were essential parts of the event.
Over the weekend booksellers from the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) gathered in Somerset, NY to celebrate books, authors and each other despite the threat of a hurricane. At each event speakers fed off each other’s creativity and wit entertaining booksellers with tales of genius, silly missteps and even singing!
It is always fun to catch up with old friends, put faces with names for those we have only met via email or phone, and make new friends too. Over the past years we have found that the fall regional shows are the best place to do all that.
Binc representatives will be at each of the regional trade shows this fall. Be sure to visit our table to catch up on all the ways that Binc can help booksellers. There will even be some great fundraising events scheduled at some of the shows! Here is who & what to look for:
Binc is thrilled to announce that bookseller Chuck Robinson – co-owner of Village Books in Bellingham, Washington – is pedaling 2400 miles, from Bellingham, WA to Galva, Illinois, to support Binc and two other community foundations!