New England Independent Booksellers Association
NEIBA
 

Come join us in Providence for the
42nd Annual NEIBA Fall Conference

 October 6-8, 2015
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence RI




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SCHEDULE
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TUESDAY

OCTOBER 6

11:00 am -1:00 pm

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Meeting Room 555

Advanced ticket required

Join Kristen McLean, Director of New Business Development at Nielsen Book, for the "State of the State" of the book industry, covering both children's and adult books, shifts in where and how books are being bought, trends in content and format, and some thoughts about where things will be heading in the new year. If you've ever heard Kristen talk, you know she is a lively presenter, and everyone will leave the room with plenty of food for thought, and key insights that will help you steer your business in the coming year. 

Prior to joining Nielsen Kristen was the founder and CEO of Bookigee, an innovative data and analytics company focused on the publishing market. She is a twenty-year veteran of the book publishing business, and she started her career as a front line bookseller.

As part of her role as an industry strategist, Kristen lectures extensively on issues facing the publishing world including the effect of technology and culture on books and reading, the role of bookstores and libraries in the lives of 21st century readers, and emerging models for publishing. She is deeply interested in the confluence of emerging consumer behavior, technology, literacy, and global transformation in the Digital Age.

1:30 – 5:30

ABA HUMAN RESOURCES: Part 1

(BILTMORE HOTEL –SEPARATE PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

 

1:15 – 2:30

PUBLISHERS REP PANEL

Meeting Room 556A

Whether you see a publisher’s field rep or their inside telephone sales person, the relationship between your reps and your store is a vital one.  During this lively discussion between buyers and reps we will address sales call preparation, the uses of Edelweiss, and look at the many different ways in which working with your reps will focus your marketing efforts and increase your sales. We will have reps from large, and smaller houses, wholesale, commission and tele-sales, moderated by a buyer. The panel will include Anne DeCourcey (Harper); Stacie Williams (Ingram); Mike Katz (Perseus/PGW); Lily Goldman (telesales, Hachette); Beth Wagner (Buyer, Phoenix Books).

NECBA: GRAPHIC NOVELS

Meeting Room 558

As they grow in popularity and production, graphic novels are creating new demands for booksellers. Do they belong in their own section, should children’s graphic novels be separate as well, should there be YA, middle reader, and early reader sections? How best to display them? What makes a graphic novel “inappropriate” for certain ages?  Are some graphic novels, well, too graphic? Please bring your thoughts and join us in this conversation.

 

2:45 – 4:00

BAKER & TAYLOR SIDELINES

Meeting Room 558

Sidelines are an increasingly important part of a profitable bookstore’s business - and those higher profit margins let you sell more books! A savvy line-up of gift buyers and a wholesaler will discuss how stores of any size can increase their profit margins by selling a carefully selected yet fun array of gifts for adults and kids. We’ll share lists of our favorite vendors, discuss the benefits of buying direct versus from the wholesalers, teach you how to price your gifts, give tips on merchandising, and discuss ideas for getting your booksellers enthused about gift selling. We hope you’ll come ready to share your best practices, too!

THE ECONOMICS OF PUBLISHING AND HOW THEY IMPACT BOOKSELLERS / ABA

Meeting Room 556A

In this detailed and informative financial session, George Gibson (Publishing Director, Bloomsbury) will walk booksellers through the Profit and Loss statement of a new trade title and, in the process, will introduce booksellers to the key financial realities of publishing and delineate the many factors that affect both the bookstore channel and consumers. Such important P&L line items as suggested retail price, production costs, marketing, and returns will be discussed, as well as broader themes that impact the day-to-day cost of publishing, including the the rise of e-books and the implications on reprint decisions. Annie Philbrick (Bank Square Books. Mystic CT) will moderate this session and facilitate the discussion following the presentation.

 

4:15-5:15

NEW FRONTLINE BOOKSELLERS MEET AND GREET

Meeting Room 554A

We got such great response to this last year that we are doing it again.  This is a session for our newer booksellers – those of you who are working on the shop floor, dealing-with-it-all booksellers. This open forum, hosted by some experienced booksellers, will be a time to ask questions, share stories, talk about hand-selling, customer service, handling sensitive situations, and what it means to have a career in bookselling.

ONE GOOD IDEA ROUNDTABLES

Meeting Room 554B

Calling all booksellers, event managers, buyers, merchandisers! This is a gathering of minds! Booksellers never lack new ideas. Every time we hear about a store doing something innovative we think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” This hour-long session will be roundtable, open forum where you can tell fellow booksellers about the best things you’ve done this year, and hear what other stores have done that you can do too!

 

6:30 – 9:30

AWARDS BANQUET

BILTMORE HOTEL

Sponsored by Baker & Taylor

 Advanced ticket required


Master of Ceremonies – Dav Pilkey

New England Book Awards:

Fiction – Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver

Non-Fiction - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Children’s - Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, Illustrated by Emily Carroll



Saul Gilman Award – Biff Donovan

Independent Spirit Award

President’s Award

 

 

WEDNESDAY

OCTOBER 7 

8:30-10:00 am

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR BREAKFAST

Sponsored by Bookazine

Advanced ticket required

Jack Gantos, The Trouble In Me, FSG BYR/ Macmillan

Marie Lu, The Rose Society, Penguin Young Readers

Sara Pennypacker, PAX, Balser + Bray/Harper Collins

 

10:30 – 12:30

ABA HUMAN RESOURCES: Part 2

(BILTMORE HOTEL – SEPARATE  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

 

10:15 – 11:45

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY APRIL 20, 2016 – YEAR TWO!

Meeting Room 556A

Eighty percent of stores participating in Independent Bookstore Day 2015 reported a sales increase from the first Saturday in May 2014. Stores were up an average of 70%. Many stores were up more than 100% and some were up as much as 1000%.  Local booksellers will join IBD director Samantha Schoech to share their experiences and successes from the inaugural Independent Bookstore Day. We will discuss what worked, what didn’t, what stores can expect in 2016, and how to make the most of the event. Got questions or ideas? We want to hear them.

EVERYDAY DIVERSITY: NECBA HAND-SELLING CONTEST

AND ANNUAL MEETING

Meeting Room 554

As conversations about diversity in children's books continue, booksellers play a pivotal role of encouraging diversity in publishing by buying, featuring, and selling diverse books, as well as influencing our communities through school reading list recommendations, author events, and promoting books. This round table session will focus on concrete suggestions about incorporating diversity in the daily routines of the bookstore.

We also will be launching a friendly hand-selling contest for Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam) between East Coast and West Coast bookstores. The aim is to raise awareness of diversity in books and to promote their place in our communities.  We are looking forward to your ideas and participation in this exciting initiative.

 

12:00 – 2:00

PUBLISHER PICK-NIC

The Rotunda

Advanced ticket required

Please join booksellers, wholesalers and reps for a two-hour sales and marketing boxed lunch. There will be round tables, sales pitches, marketing ideas, book-selling energy and good food all in one room!

2:15 – 3:3O

TACKLING THE MINIMUM WAGE ISSUE – A Q&A

Meeting Room  554A

The question of raising minimum wage has become a prominent issue, with elected officials and organizations across the country actively engaged in the matter. What can indie booksellers do to ensure that any minimum wage increase takes into account the economic realities of indie retail? In this round-table discussion, booksellers and public policy experts discuss how you can become actively engaged in minimum wage discussions in their community and frame the discussion, or how best to handle a minimum wage increase that has already occurred. A panel discussion with booksellers and David Grogan, Senior Public Policy Analyst for the American Booksellers Association.

ENGAGING YOUR AUDIENCE THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA: A Conversation with Austin Kleon

Meeting Room 554B

Austin Kleon, the bestselling author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, and the upcoming  The Steal Like An Artist Journal (Oct 2015, Workman) and a keynote speaker at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival, talks and answers questions with Josh Cook from Porter Square Books.  Austin will present strategies for building an audience, promoting and growing your business, and connecting with your community of book buyers in the age of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, bloggers and the digital space.


3:45 – 4:45

NEIBA ANNUAL MEETING

Meeting Room 556A

 

5:30 – 7:00

AUTHOR RECEPTION

Charlie Jane Anders, All The Birds In The Sky, Tor

Jay Atkinson, Massacre On The Merrimack, Lyons Press

Charles Belfoure, House of Thieves, Sourcebooks Landmark

Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish, Little, Brown and Company/Hachette

Sophie Blackall, Finding Winnie, Little, Brown and Company/Hachette

Mark Bowden, The Three Battles of Wanat and Other Stories, Grove/Atlantic

Susan Cheever, Drinking In America, Twelve /Hachette

Lynn Cullen, Twain’s End, Gallery Books /Simon & Schuster

Matthew Dicks, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, St. Martin's Press

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, Microshelters, Storey

Paul Downs, Boss Life, Blue Rider Press                                                                                                      

Richard J. King, Meeting Tom Brady, UPNE

Daniel Klein, Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It, Penguin

Austin Kleon, The Steal Like an Artist Journal, Workman

Fred Levy, Black Dogs Project, Quarto                                                                                                    

Kenneth Oppel, The Nest, Simon & Schuster Children's

Peter Baldwin Panagore, Heaven Is Beautiful, Red Wheel/Weiser

Dale Peterson, Where Have All the Animals Gone? Bauhan Publishing

Trevor Pryce, Amphibians’ End, Abrams

Virginia Pye, Dreams of the Red Phoenix, Unbridled Books

Lisa Randall, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Ecco/ HarperCollins

Lauret Savoy, Trace, Counterpoint

B.A. Shapiro, The Muralist, Algonquin

Dana Spiotta, Innocents And Others, Scribner/Simon & Schuster

Pamela Zagarenski, The Whisper, HMH Books for Young Readers

 

THURSDAY

OCTOBER 8

8:30 am – 10:00 am

AUTHOR BREAKFAST

Sponsored by HarperCollins
Advanced ticket required

Roberta Kaplan, Then Comes Marriage, W.W. Norton

Sonia Manzano, Becoming Maria, Scholastic 

Kennedy Odede, Jessica Posner, Find Me Unafraid, Ecco/HarperCollins

Elizabeth Strout, I Am Lucy Barton, Random House

 

Trade Show Exhibits Open

10:00 - 4:00 pm

 

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WHERE TO STAY
Our room blocks at The Omni and Providence Biltmore are now sold out.

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