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.
At Tuesday night’s Awards Banquet author Dav Pilkey was the MC and kept the booksellers laughing while at the same time conveying appreciation for each of the award winners. The banquet was held in the historic Grand Ballroom of the Providence Biltmore Hotel. It was a lovely place to celebrate authors, booksellers and publishers reps.
On Wednesday Pam had the opportunity to visit two bookstores. She got to the Brown University Bookstore where the Indian summer weather had all the students out, and the bookstore staff preparing for the upcoming parents weekend. She was also able to visit Cellar Stories Book Store where she found a treasure trove of used books. And may have found a book or two that just had to be purchased!
Later on Wednesday the author reception was packed with authors and booksellers. One of the most popular authors was Richard King. He wrote Meeting Tom Brady: One Man’s Quest for Truth, Enlightenment, and a Simple Game of Catch with the Patriots Quarterback. This was most certainly Patriots country.
The Trade Show opened on Thursday and the positive energy was able to be felt throughout the day. A number of friends stopped by the Binc table – including Mauve Noonan of Northshire Bookstore, Binc Fundraising Committee member Susan Schlesinger of Books on the Square, Margaret Lane from Baker& Taylor, and Binc board member Annie Philbrick from Bank Square Books.
Binc held a 50/50 raffle during the trade show and Ellen Richmond of Children’s Book Cellar in Waterville, Maine was the winning ticket holder. She was excited to win; so excited in fact that her exclamation cannot be repeated here! Many thanks to the booksellers and publishers that donated to the 50/50 auction.
A big thank you to Steve Fischer, Nan Sorensen and the NEIBA board for including Binc in the show and allowing Pam to provide an update about Binc at their annual meeting. We appreciate NEIBA’s ongoing support and look forward to returning next year to Providence.