New England Independent Booksellers Association
Schedule of Events
This preliminary schedule is subject to slight changes.
Check back for updates.

All meetings and events below will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center
unless otherwise noted. 

Exhibits will be held in the Ballroom
- 5th Floor

Author Events

OCTOBER 6, 2013


Educational Sessions during the show are
sponsored by Ingram
Content Group and Random House, Inc.

10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open


11:30 am -1:00 pm

with best-selling author and president of the Authors Guild

Scott Turow

 Advance tickets required


Common Core Partnering:

Bookselling Trade Books in the Classroom

Whether you are looking to catch up on any of the 5 Ws or the 1H of the Common Core, or have a mind to brainstorm and refine strategies for making Common Core books sales with your educational partners, this diverse panel will deliver the goods on this most important educational initiative. Kathy Faber, VP Children’s Sales HarperCollins; Shannon O’Connor of ABC-ABA; Clarissa Thompson of University of Maine at Farmington; Moderated by Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett, Booksellers, Farmington, ME.


Working with Self Published Authors

Now that technology has made it possible for everyone to print their own book, booksellers are under increasing pressure to carry our local authors’ books. Learn to move beyond the groan factor and embrace the opportunity to introduce local writers into our stores. We’ll hear from our bookseller colleagues who have figured out the best ways to make this a win-win for everyone involved. Susan Mercier, Edgartown Books will moderate with panelists Penny McConnel, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT; Tom Holbrook, Piscataqua Press and RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH; Mayre Plunkett, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA.


Remainders and Bargain Books For Fun & Profit

If you have a bookstore and are not selling remainders, you don’t have a business…you have a hobby.” Gayle Shanks, Changing Hands Bookstore,

More bookstores are selling remainders, promotional books and bargain merchandise, and they are learning just how profitable they can be. At this session we will cover buying desirable overstock from reps, online, and visiting showrooms. We’ll get the inside scoop on negotiating prices, managing freight costs and effective merchandising. With Ben Archer, GABBS; Alie Hess, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA; Henry Zook, Book Court, Brooklyn, NY. Moderated by Vicky Titcomb, Titcomb’s Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA. 

2:45 - 4:00

Buyers and Reps Panel

What are the hallmarks of a great sales call? And is it really just about buying and selling? What should buyers be doing in preparation for a sales call -- whether it be a field rep walking into your store, or a telesales rep calling your store? And what kind of preparations by the sales rep makes for the most productive meetings? What does the sales call mean in a world of Edelweiss? Come discuss and learn from a panel of buyers and reps from a variety of stores and publishers. Panelists include Marc Galvin, Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, NY; Emily Holden, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Maureen Karb, Workman; Nikki Mutch, Scholastic. Suzy Staubach, UConn, Storrs, CT. will moderate.

2:45 - 4:00

Creative Transitions in Book Store Ownership

For those who missed the March workshop, “Your Bookstore’s Next Chapter” that addressed selling your business and finding new models for ownership, this is for you. For those of you who did attend that workshop, we will cover new material here, as well as hear from booksellers who have made changes in the past six months that you will find very helpful.  Kate Whouley will moderate with attorney Debra Leggett, Englander, Leggett & Chicoine, Boston, MA; Pam Price, Bookshop of Beverly Farms, MA; David Sandbergand Dale Szczeblowski,Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA.


Edelweiss Advanced Tutorial

Requested by many buyers who are heavy users of Edelweiss, this session will cover the new and improved offerings of the indispensible tool that is Edelweiss. For experienced, power-users. With Justin Gold from Above the Treeline/Edelweiss.


Open Forum with Baker & Taylor

This hour-long session will be a presentation, and Q&A about the Baker & Taylor services designed for the independent bookstore market.  Hear about Sidelines, their on-going partnership with NPR, the new Indie Next In A Box program, plus MBM 1.5, the e-commerce solution. With Jason Rice, National Sales Manager, East Region, and Karen Corvello, Outside Sales, New England.

6:00-10:00 pm


Omni Hotel, Providence Ballroom

Sponsored by Baker & Taylor

Advance tickets required


An evening in celebration of the New England Book Awards

Hosted by author

Gary Shteyngart

Little Failure: A Memoir (RH)


With New England Book Award recipients:

   B.A. Shapiro, The Art Forger (Algonquin)

Nathaniel Philbrick, Bunker Hill (Viking)

  Chris Van Dusen, If I Built a House (Dial)


President’s Award – Wendell and Florence Minor

Saul Gilman Award – Nikki Mutch, Scholastic

Indie Spirit Award – Northshire Bookstore


OCTOBER 7, 2013



7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Registration Open


8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Exhibitor Move-in


8:30 am – 10:00 am


The Rotunda

Advance tickets required

Sponsored by Bookazine

With Features Speakers:

D.J. MacHale

SYLO (Penguin Young Readers)

Robert Sabuda

Little Mermaid(Simon & Schuster)

Maggie Stiefvater

Raven Cycle 2: The Dream Thieves (Scholastic)



10:15 am – 11:45 am

Trends and Best Practices for Successful Events –

With and Without Authors!

Events have become part of nearly every bookstore’s calendar.  There are author events, author-less events, in-store and offsite events. Each has its own challenges and opportunities. This session will explore the issues surrounding events, answer operational questions, list the do’s and don’ts, hear new ideas that stores are doing to keep their events fresh, and learn what publishers are looking for when they book events. Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY will moderate the panel that includes Jan Hall, Partners Village, Westport, MA; Stephanie Schmidt, Water Street Books, Exeter, NH; Jamie Tam, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA and Jason Wells, Abrams.

10:15 – 11:45

Health Care Reform and the Bookstore:

How It Affects You Now

In January 2014 numerous provisions of the Afforable Care Act will take effect. Come to this session to find out about what these new features mean for you, your employees, and your business. Detailed, actionable information will be provided to help you understand how the new law works, how to evaluate your options under the law, and how to take advantage of provisions of the law already in place. Presented by ABA with assistance and support from the Small Business Majority.

10:15 – 11:45 am

Inventory Control and Buying Without

Going Broke

Frontlist, Backlist, Drop-Ins, Publisher’s Offers! What’s a buyer to do? In this session we will hear from buyers from various size stores how they manage the complexities of balancing the inventory demands of a full-service bookstore with cash flow realities.  Panelists include Jill Cadogan, Willow Books Acton MA; Laura Lucy, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH; Lorna Ruby, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA. Moderated by Carole Horne, Havard Book Store, Cambridge, MA.


Noon to 2:00 pm


The Rotunda

Advanced ticket required

Please join your fellow booksellers, wholesaler and publisher reps for a two-hour sales and marketing boxed lunch. “Speed dating” roundtables with the first look at many of the season’s new titles, rep favorites, New England titles, and marketing ideas.


2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Nuts and Bolts of Bookstore Finance (ABA)

A presentation and discussion of the financial sweet spots of a profitable, independent bookstore including payroll, inventory turn, occupancy, sales per square foot and other crucial benchmarks. With Steve Bercu, Book People, Austin, TX and president of the ABA, and Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT.

2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Be Prepared: What Booksellers Can Do to Defend Kids Books and the Freedom to Read

Should a bookseller ever refuse to sell a kid a book? How do you handle an angry parent? What should you do if a school refuses to sell books by an author you have invited?  These are the questions posed by this panel which will include Chris Finan, President of ABFFE, Acacia O’Conner of Kids Right to Read Project and Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books, Rhinebeck, NY. 

This session will include the NECBA Annual Meeting 3:15-3:30.

2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Building Bookstore Communities

“Community” is a buzzword that is used a lot these days, but what does it actually mean, why is it important, and how do you build it? In this session, we’ll try to answer those questions. We’ll also look at ways that booksellers are building communities within and around their bookstores, and brainstorm additional ways to create strong communities with your bookstore at the center. Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness, , Random House in discussion with Lynne Reed, Misty Valley Books, Chester VT and Dawn Rennert, Concord Bookshop, Concord MA.

3:45 pm - 4:45

NEIBA Annual Meeting

5:30 -7:00 pm


The Rotunda

Our hugely popular author cocktail reception held on the exhibit floor, providing time to reconnect with your fellow booksellers, publishers, wholesalers and 23 signing authors.

Wiley Cash

Dark Road To Mercy, Harper – Morrow

Lauren Grodstein

The Explanation for Everything, Algonquin Books

Artis Henderson

Unremarried Widow, Simon & Schuster

Dave Isay

Ties That Bind, Penguin - Penguin Press

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge

Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook, Rodale

Phil Klay

Redeployment, Penguin - Penguin Press

Ross MacDonald

Henry’s Hand, Abrams

Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg

Snowflakes Fall, Random House

Chris Moore

The Serpent of Venice, Harper – Morrow

Helen Peppe

Pigs Can’t Swim, Perseus – DaCapo

Peter Reynolds

About The Smallest Gift of Christmas, Candlewick

Hank Phillipi Ryan

The Wrong Girl, Tor | Forge

Jennifer Senior

All Joy and No Fun, Harper – Ecco

Dani Shapiro

Still Writing, Grove/Atlantic

Deborah Solomon

American Mirror,Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ellen Stimson

Mud Season, Countryman Press

Melissa Sweet

Little Red Writing, Chronicle Books

Rachel Urquhart

The Visionist, Hachette- Little, Brown and Company

Cat Valente

Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, Macmillan Kids

Jennifer Vanderbes

The Secret of Raven Point, Simon & Schuster - Scribner

Simon Winchester

The Men Who United the States, Harper


OCTOBER 8, 2013


7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Registration Open


7:30 am - 10:00 am

Exhibitor Setup


8:30-10:00 am


The Rotunda

Sponsored by HarperCollins

 Advanced ticket required

With featured speakers:

Ishmael Beah, Radiance of Tomorrow (FSG)

Daniel Menaker, My Mistake(HMH)

Jayne Anne Phillips, Quiet Dell (S&S/Scribner)

David Wiesner, Mr. Wuffles!(HMH Books for Young Readers)


10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Trade Show Exhibits Open


10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Trade Show Exhibits Open


10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Author Signings at Exhibitor Tables


3:00 pm



4:00 pm

Trade Show Exhibit Closes


New England Independent Booksellers Association
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