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

September 30


Educational Sessions during the show are sponsored by

Ingram Book Company and Random House, Inc.


10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Open

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibitor Move-in


11:00 am -12:00 pm


Conversations with Publishers

George Gibson, Bloomsbury; Dennis Johnson, Melville House and others

Moderator: Carole Horne, Harvard Book Store


12:15 to 2:15 pm


The Rotunda

Advanced ticket required

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



2:30pm – 3:45 pm

BISG Statistics

The Changing Face of the Book Industry: What You Need to Know

Using data from Book Industry Study Group (BISG) research projects Nadine Vassallo Project Manager, Research & Information, will identify and examine key trends impacting today’s publishing industry. Hear how e-books are transforming the market (and why they may have plateaued), and learn what challenges and opportunities are occurring that you must know in order to make your bookstore business decisions.


2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Business Planning on Both Sides of Your Brain

Advance sign-up required

It’s not just about the numbers; a business plan is the unfolding story of your bookstore - and you are the author and the protagonist. Learn to move beyond the daily to-do list, think creatively, and plan for growth and longevity. With bookstore consultant and writer, Kate Whouley.

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Frontline Booksellers Only!

A session just for frontline, working on the shop floor, dealing-with-it-all booksellers. This open forum 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.


4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

ABA Presents

Nuts and Bolts of Bookstore Finance

This session will feature relevant data from ABA’s ABACUS financial survey and will include discussion on such crucial benchmarks as turns and inventory, occupancy, payroll and compensation, and margin, as well as some best practices on valuing your business.  Come with your questions and leave with important data that will help you move forward in your financial planning.


4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

NECBA Presents

Working with Schools to Increase Sales

This session will provide information on successful practices that help to increase sales from in-school events, bookfairs and filling school orders.


4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Social Media: Beyond Facebook and Twitter

No, you haven’t been to this session before!  This workshop will move your social media presence past the usual suspects and teach you the uses of Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, and much more.


6:00-7:30 pm


The Rotunda

Our hugely popular author cocktail reception providing time to socialize with your fellow booksellers, publishers, wholesalers and 25 signing authors.


Amir Aczel, Finding Zero, Palgrave Macmillan

Howard Baldwin, Slim and None, House of Anansi Press

Jeffrey Brown, Star Wars: Jedi Academy #2, Scholastic

Brock Clarke, The Happiest People in the World, Algonquin Books

Josh Cook, An Exaggerated Murder, Melville House

Keith Donohue, Boy Who Drew Monsters, Picador

C. Michael Hiam, Dirigible Dreams, UPNE - ForeEdge

Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Heroes, Workman Publishing

Allegra Jordan, End of Innocence, Sourcebooks

Wendy Lee, Across A Green Ocean, Kensington

Dick Lehr, The Birth of a Nation, PublicAffairs

Kelly Light, Louise Loves Art, HarperCollins Children’s

Kelly Link, Get In Trouble, Random House

Gordon A. Martin, Jr., Count Them One By One, University Press of Mississippi

Wendy Mass & Michael Brawer, Space Taxi #2: Water Planet Rescue, Little, Brown

Barbara McClintock, My Grandfather’s Coat, Scholastic

Roseanne Montillo, The Wilderness of Ruin, Wm Morrow

Stewart O’Nan, West of Sunset, Penguin Viking

E. C. Osondu, This House is Not for Sale, Harper

Andrew Smith, 100 Sideways Miles, Simon & Schuster Children’s

Marc Solomon, Winning Marriage, UPNE - ForeEdge

Brian Staveley, Providence Of Fire, Tor

Jessica Treadway, Lacy Eye, Grand Central

Lissa Warren, Good Luck Cat, Globe Pequot Press


October 1, 2014


7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Open


7:30 am – 10:00 am

Exhibitor Set-up


8:30 am – 10:00 am


The Rotunda

Sponsored by Bookazine

Advance tickets required


With Features Speakers:

Alice Hoffman, Nightbird, Random House

Gregory Maguire, Egg & Spoon, Candlewick Press

Andrea Davis Pinkney, The Red Pencil, Hachette – Little, Brown


10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trade Show Exhibits Open


10:00 - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Author Signings at Exhibitor Tables


3:00 pm



5:00 pm

Trade Show Exhibit Closes


 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Omni Hotel

Sponsored by Baker & Taylor

Advance tickets required

Join us for an evening celebrating the New England Book Awards, the President’s Award, the Gilman and Independent Spirit Award, along with our retiring friends and colleagues.

Joe Donahue, Host of WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Roundtable will be the evening’s emcee.

With New England Book Award recipients:

Fiction – Lily King, Euphoria Atlantic Monthly Press

Non Fiction – Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Bloomsbury

Children’s – Paul Janeczko and Melissa Sweet, Firefly July, Candlewick


Saul Gilman Award  - Debra Woodward, Candlewick

Independent Spirit Award - Gibson's Bookstore, Concord NH

President’s Award – Sy Montgomery


Honoring: Carol Chittenden, Betsey Detwiler, Linda Ramsdell, Ron Koltnow Adena Siegel, and Ann Wachur




October 2, 2014




7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Registration Open


 8:30-10:00 am


The Rotunda

Sponsored by HarperCollins

 Advanced ticket required


With featured speakers:

Richard Blanco, The Prince of Los Cucuyos, Harper – Ecco

Anita Diamant, The Boston Girl, Scribner

Jill Lepore, Secret History of Wonder Woman, Random House

Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce, Magic Tree House: Survival Guide, Random House



10:15 am – 11:30 am

NECBA Education and Annual Meeting

Attracting Children and Teens to Events

This session will provide ideas that you may use in your store. From advertising and marketing to the events themselves. This session will include the NECBA Annual Meeting.


10:15 am – 11:30 am

ABA Presents

Maximizing the Benefit of Indies First Small Business Saturday

With the success of the 2013 Indies First Campaign, Small Business Saturday has grown to become a celebration of all things indie. Looking forward to Small Business Saturday 2014, how can you make this day a win-win for customers, authors, and you?  Booksellers and the ABA will discuss how best to leverage the retail power of this event and will offer organizational tips and program suggestions that you can adapt and implement in your store.


10:15 am – 11:30 am

POS Roundtable User Groups

Join representatives from Basil, Booklog, IBID and Wordstock in working groups designed to share new upgrades, answer questions and share tips and hints.


11:30 am -12:30 pm

NEIBA Annual Meeting


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


Sponsored by Viking

With Keynote by Azar Nafisi

author of The Republic of the Imagination: American in Three Books, and

Reading Lolita in Tehran



New England Independent Booksellers Association
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