Thursday June 9, 2016
Fuller Conference Center, Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA
10:30 – 12:00
Author Talks and Readings
Thomas Christopher Greene, If I Forget You, St. Martin's Press
Edward Hoagland, In the Country of the Blind, Skyhorse Publishing
Ann Hood, The Book That Matters Most, WW Norton
Margot Livesey, Mercury, HarperCollins
Tim Murphy, Christodora, Grove Atlantic
Jerry Thornton, From Darkness to Dynasty, UPNE
Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow, Viking
Tania Unsworth, Brightwood, Algonquin
Jerald Walker, The World in Flames, Beacon Press
Karen Romano Young, Hundred Percent, Chronicle Books
12:00 – 1:30
A relaxed boxed lunch with plenty of time to meet and connect with the authors.
1:30 – 4:00
Right after lunch we are going to do a Backlist Book Swap. Everyone who participated in this at Winter Institute had so much fun we thought we’d try this at All About the Books.
Please bring a copy of your favorite in-print, backlist title – preferably paperback. It can be fiction, non-fiction, adult or children’s. Place a shelf-talker card, perhaps your store bookmark, in the book stating the title/author/your name and store name, and a brief reason why you love this book. We’ll provide the space and organization for the sharing.
Best Ideas of the Year Roundtables
Please come prepared to share the very best of what we’ve done in our stores this past year. To jump start your thinking:
-Staff/Owner perks and training (attending ABA and NEIBA educational opportunities)
-Bottom line initiatives (inventory control; product mix such as more non-book)
-Physical changes (upgrades; fixtures; merchandising improvements)
-Operational changes (dealing with ARCs, staff picks, customer service)
-Social media, publicity, advertising and marketing
Customers & Community:
-Events (adult, children’s, self-published/local authors, authorless, off-site)
-Community Outreach (including business-to-business)
-Independent Bookstore Day, Indies First, Shop Small Saturday, etc
And any wild ideas that just worked.