Past Events



October 23rd from Noon to 4:00pm at The Gladwin Center in Ann Arbor!


  • Visit with friends!
  • Enjoy refreshments!
  • Score some logo swag!
  • Music by Bill Edwards!
  • Share stories!
  • Take selfies!


Do a good deed for booksellers in need at the same time!
Help us write notes to encourage others to give & keep Binc assisting booksellers for another 20 years!



THE BLUFFTON BOOK FESTIVAL – November 18 & 19 2016 – Bluffton, SC

The Bluffton Book Festival’s mission is to raise money for two non-profit organizations that support literacy, education, reading, authors, bookselling and the publishing community as a whole and to bring awareness to local and national literary talent in the process.

The Bluffton Book Festival is a 2-day event scheduled to take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 5:30-8pm* and Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10am-4pm.


Friday evening event – ticketed event with limited attendance. Ticket information to come.

Saturday’s event – free to the public and will take place in Historic Old Town Bluffton, SC on Calhoun Street.

Saturday Event Schedule (subject to change)

10am – Opening Ceremonies

10am-4pm – Festival open to all (free). Food and drink to be sold. Face painting, read-aloud, and fun for the children available. Raffles and sweepstakes to enter and win books, vacations, first ever BBF swag, and more!

10:00am – Author presentations and book signings

11am-12noon – Story time with author Stephanie Bente at the StoryBook Shoppe on Calhoun Street

12:30pm – Taste of Gullah with local authors

1pm – 3:30pm Author presentations and book signings

The Festival supports The Literacy Center, one of the oldest non profits in Beaufort County. The Literacy Center’s mission is “to equip adults with the reading, writing, speaking and math skills they need to be successful at home, at work and in our community.”

Literacy Center of Bluffton at

The festival also supports Binc!

100% of the proceeds from the Friday night event will go to the foundations. A portion of the proceeds of the Saturday festival will also be presented to the foundations.


Join Binc at Knight’s Downtown in Ann Arbor on December 1st to dine for lunch or dinner at the old Borders Store 01 location. A portion of your food and beverage purchases will be donated to the Foundation in support of booksellers across the country.

Hope to see you there!

Dining @ Store 1 Invite



Chuck Robinson

UPDATE 7-22-15

Unfortunately, Chuck has had to cancel his ride. After making it more than 1,400 miles, Chuck was attacked by two dogs, crashed and broke 5 ribs and got several abrasions on his arms and legs. Chuck and his wife, Dee will continue to Galva, IL in their mobile home as Chuck recovers.

We are so thankful that Chuck’s injuries are minor and that he will make a full recovery in time. Also, we are grateful to Chuck for his support of Binc and we wish him a speedy and easy recovery.

You can read more about his accident and the rest of his ride on his blog:

Details of Chuck’s Ride

Beginning on June 15, 2015 Chuck Robinson of Village Books will ride 2,400 miles across the country from Bellingham, WA to Galva, IL to attend his 50th high school reunion. He is pledging $1 per mile of his ride to each of three different foundations (Binc Foundation, The Whatcom Community Foundation, and the Galva Foundation for Educational Enrichment) to raise awareness and funds for charities he believes in. Binc is thrilled to be selected as one of the charities that Chuck is supporting.

How you can help

Chuck’s proposed Itinerary

You can track Chuck’s progress using the super cool StoryMap that Beth Golay at Books & Whatnot created for the ride.

Thanks again to Chuck for including Binc as one of the charities! We are looking forward to following your progress and arrival in Galva, IL!



Literati anniversaryLiterati Bookstore celebrated their first anniversary the last weekend in March. There were author readings, food, beverages and lots of well wishes as Ann Arborites stopped by to tell Hilary and Mike how much the store is appreciated.

Binc was very fortunate to have been chosen by Literati as the beneficiary of a Sunday book buying fundraiser. The day was sunny and warm as the store filled with friends of Binc old and new who came armed with their lists of “must have” books.

The day was a great success all around. For Literati, introducing some new customers, who will hopefully become regulars, to their great store. For book lovers, giving them another reason to purchase great books. And especially, for Binc, raising $2660 to help booksellers.

Thank you to Hilary and Mike for their generosity and support of the Foundation.




John Densmore

John Densmore reads from his book – The Doors: Unhinged.











The Binc Foundation is thrilled to announce that, with the help of our fabulous trivia teams, our sponsor Baker & Taylor, our legendary guest John Densmore of The Doors, and SIBA Executive Director extraordinaire, Wanda Jewell, we raised $1,487 to further our mission of helping booksellers in financial need.

Steve Harkins runs the show at Trivia for Cheaters

Emcee Steve Harkins runs the show.

The classy Trivia for Cheaters trophy

The classy Trivia for Cheaters trophy











The competition was intense with trivia questions ranging from super heroes to children’s stories to fictional addresses. The Tworking Girls bid on, and won, John Densmore as a team member for the final round, and Team SIBA bought all the cheats they could possibly use. But in the end, The Enablers from Fiction Addiction (Melissa Oates, Jim Mc Farlane, Jackie Willey and Ann Lamb) used their trivia and math skills to steal the win, a Trivia for Cheaters trophy and some serious bragging rites! 

The Enablers

Winning team The Enablers from Fiction Addiction.

Thanks to everyone again for their support and we hope to see you next year!

What is Trivia For Cheaters?

Teams of four square off in a hilarious trivia match.  Gather three of your friends, family, co-workers and register as a team. You don’t have to be trivia aces – that is where the cheating comes in. Solicit donations to Binc with which you can buy “cheats”. Examples of cheats include, correct answers to a question (or an entire category), additional team members and even the use of a smart phone. These can all be purchased if you raise enough money. Once you have your team and your cheats assembled – let the fun begin!  See how the game is played (pdf).

Our fantastic Trivia for Cheaters video was created by Eightfold Marketing and Creative, LLC.



Binc’s biggest fundraiser of the year did not disappoint. The food was great, the house was full, the music was amazing and over $7,000 was raised. It was truly a night of great music for a great cause. Twelve fabulous singer/songwriters appeared on one stage to benefit the programs of the Binc Foundation to help bookstore employees in times of personal emergency.

On Saturday June 8th, 23 VIP guests gathered at Frenchie’s in Ypsilanti, MI for an intimate dinner with local Ann Arbor author Steve Amick. Steve read from his book The Lake, the River & the Other Lake, which was selected as a Michigan Notable Book. Steve chatted with the diners about his books, his writing process and his experiences as a published author.

After dinner the guests strolled down the street in Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town for the main event at Woodruff’s. The singer/songwriters entertained the crowd with an amazing array of original songs. Emcee, Matthew Altruda (of 107.1 radio’s Tree Town Sound) kept the event flowing smoothly.

An event like this would not have been possible without some very generous sponsors. Binc would like to thank the American Booksellers Association, the primary sponsor of this event. Ingram Content Group sponsored drink tickets for all the guests to enjoy a draft beer or a special glass of Binc sangria and Susan Franke of Raymond James & Associates sponsored the production of a commemorative Sips & Songs CD. We have Jen Hawkins and the Bank of Ann Arbor to thank for the event t-shirts for our volunteers. Michigan Commerce Bank took care of the artists with thank you gifts and snacks and beverages during the concert.

Binc would like to thank all the artists who very generously volunteered their time and talent to support the Foundation. With their help over $7000 was raised to benefit book store employees in times of personal emergency. Please help us show our gratitude by supporting these great artists, by attending their concerts and purchasing their CDs.

Dave Rossiter (with Dave Keeney)

Lisa Pappas (with Michawl Weiss)

Jeff Scott

Joel Palmer

Sigrid Christiansen 

Bob Skon

Dave Boutette

Jamie-Sue Seal (with Elden Kelly) 

Dan Hazlett

Angela Predhomme 

Mark Jewett 

Bill Edwards

Planning an event like the Sips & Songs concert was something that was completely foreign to the Binc Foundation staff. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bill Edwards for the original idea and for lining up all the fabulous musicians. At each step in the process Bill was there to lead, take action and reassure us. We also had a fantastic committee to plan all the details and make sure the evening went off without a hitch. Thanks to Mark Brown, LeAnn Hartka, Jen Hawkins, Jeanne Joesten, Deb Leonard, Jane Regenstreif, Jeff Steinhauer and Lori Tucker-Sullivan. Joining the committee at the even were these great volunteers: Vicki Botek, Penny Johnson, Mary Ruman and Greer Thibodeau.

Special thanks to another volunteer, Laura Marsh of Life in Still Photography, for her amazing pictures of the night.  You can view the Sips & Songs photo gallery here.

If you missed the event, you can still enjoy the music by purchasing a Sips & Songs CD. Only $13 postage (shipping included). Order yours here.


Thanks to everyone who attended the Binc volunteer party at the Binc offices.  We had fun catching up with old friends and getting to know new friends!

The return of the Mini-Mart was a big success!  And, don’t forget to check out our On-line Mini-Mart for more goodies.

Thanks to our Volunteers!  We couldn’t do what we do without you.


The Binc Foundation’s first big fundraising event was a huge success by any measure. More than 100 supporters gathered in downtown Ann Arbor to enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting which resulted in more than $10,000 being raised to benefit programs supporting booksellers across the country. Arbor Brewing Company’s award winning beers were complemented by a lively dart tournament, a silent auction and even a Zombie themed “flash mob” by the Dance Arts of Chelsea/ Youth Dance Theater!

The Foundation would like to give special thanks to the American Booksellers Association, our primary event sponsor, whose participation was instrumental in making this event a success. Additional sponsorship from Ingram Content Group, Susan Franke, Financial Advisor with Raymond James, Michigan Commerce Bank and Workman Publishing helped the Foundation surpass its fundraising goal. Thanks to our book industry partners, each attendee was offered a book of their choice, generously donated by Chronicle Books.

The silent auction featured a wide variety of items donated by individuals and companies from near and far. Thank you’s go out to: the Arbor Brewing Company, Barbara Kinzer, Mark Brown, Nicola’s Books, the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Pistons, Sava, Mainstreet Ventures, the Michigan Theater, Gladwin Center, Spiral Chi Center, Oasis Hot Tubs, Anne Kubek, Trader Joe’s, Morgan & York, Motawi Tile, September Wynne, Café Ollie/MI General Store, Publishers Services, Inc., Joanna Cline, Fathead, and Everyday Wines.

Jen Hawkins and her event committee did a fabulous job of planning the afternoon and keeping things running smoothly. Mark Brown, Jeff Steinhauer, September Wynne, Lori Tucker-Sullivan and Gina Nowak rounded out the fierce planning committee. Thanks to all the volunteers – Jenny Weed, Pam McBride, John Hawkins, Greer Thibodeau, Penny Johnson, Jeanne Joesten, Mike Shubel, LeAnn Hartka, Jodi Jackson, Beth Peery and Mary Fitzgerald – who kept the beer flowing and the auction bidding lively. Donna Shubel put her photographic talent to great use and you can view her pictures here.

You can view a video of the Zombie Flash Mob here on our YouTube channel.


Thank you to everyone who visited our table at the Kerrytown BookFest. It was wonderful to share our message with so many book lovers. We are looking forward to making the BookFest an annual event!

Fore more information on Kerrytown BookFest visit:


The most memorable moment from our Yard Sale on August 27th came when an unsuspecting customer was perusing the many boxes filled with books for sale and innocently asked “Can anyone here recommend a good book?” The poor woman never had a chance as six Borders Alums went into action!

The  first-ever Binc Yard Sale raised over $1200 to support the programs of the Foundation.  Donors loved being able to clean out their unused items and have them go to a good cause, volunteers were having fun “selling” again, and customers were enjoying the wonderful selection of items on sale. Before the day was finished there was talk of the “next” Binc Charity Yard Sale.

A huge “thank you” goes out to Jeanne Joesten, who came up with the idea, volunteered her yard for the sale and put in more hours than she will admit to marking, merchandising and selling all the goodies. Helping Jeanne before, during and after the sale were: Carla Bayha, Lisa Brown, Judey Kalchik, Jaye Kerr, Jane Regenstreif, Amy Sample, Jenny Weed, Pam French and Kit Steinaway.

None of this would have been possible without the donations of great merchandise from family and friends. For cleaning out their basements, attics and garages, we thank:  Robin & Jamie Agnew (Aunt Agatha’s Book Store), Merrie Atlas, Jane Baker, Peyton Bland, Lisa Brown, Laurie Colatruglio, Alison Foreman, Pam French, Sally Hoyle, Darrell Jacob, Jeanne Joesten, Kay Kohler, Julie Lawler-Hoyle, Mary Matthews, Melanie Rhodes, Amy Sample, Jane Severson, Becki Spangler, Kit Steinaway, Jenny Weed and September Wynne.

Another Yard Sale laugh came when an “early-bird” shopper was put to work by one of our volunteers and was well into arranging merchandise before she found out he was there to shop and not to help out! To his credit, he took direction very well.


Thank you to everyone who purchased Macy’s “Shopping for a Cause” discount coupons. This was our first year participating in this annual event and we got plenty of good marketing ideas from our supporters to use next time around.


One of our biggest fundraisers of the year is the Big House Big Heart Run. Each year when spring comes around we unpack our running shoes and gather with friends and family to run, walk or stroll through the University of Michigan’s beautiful campus in Ann Arbor, MI, finishing on the 50-yard line in the famous football stadium–the Big House. This year’s event was held on April 15, 2012 and we successfully raised over $4600 to support the programs of the Foundation. We are already planning how to make the 2013 Big House Big Heart Run even more successful!