Spring Forum

Due to public health concerns, NEIBA's postponed Spring Forum (formerly April 7-8, currently June 10-11) 
will now be a virtual event. This gathering will take place on NEIBA's Zoom account and  is FREE to all NEIBA members. 

Schedule of Events

June 10, 2020

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Spring All About the Books Event
Jessica Anthony, author of Enter the Aardvark
James Bird, author of The Brave
Charlotte Dennett, author of The Crash of Flight 3804
Jane Eklund, author of Story So Far
Tobly McSmith, author of Stay Gold
Ellen Meeropol, author of Her Sister's Tattoo
Robert J. Mrazek, author of The Indomitable Florence Finch
Sarah Prager, author of Rainbow Revolutionaries
Phuc Tran, author of Sigh, Gone
Beatriz Williams, author of Her Last Flight
Wendy Williams, author of The Language of Butterflies
Booksellers, would you like to introduce an author at this event?
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Frontline Bookseller Meet-Up & Mini Camp
Our plans for a full-day Frontline Bookseller Bootcamp have been postponed by the current circumstances, but we still have a lot to talk about! Frontline booksellers are facing unprecedented challenges. This session — led by a panel of current and former booksellers who can speak from their experience — is an opportunity to discuss the burning issues: What does my career path look like? How do I engineer a side hustle that’s profitable and rewarding? What’s the best way to manage my personal finances? I *really* need to talk to my boss about work stuff…how do I start? And anything else that’s on your mind, career-wise.  Have questions you're more comfortable sharing in advance? Submit them here and the panelists will address them during the session.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Owner/Manager HR “Ask Me Anything” with
Hachette Director of Human Resources, Stephanie Steinberg

HR is an area in which store owners and managers are always in need of help and coronavirus has brought with it more new HR challenges than all of us have ever bargained for (and has amplified a lot of the old ones as well). Furloughs, firings, hirings (and re-hirings) and all top of mind. But as we slowly start to welcome back our staff, the perpetual sticky wickets remain. What’s the best way to referee employee disputes? Can one give a performance review during a pandemic? Is this the moment to spiff up the store’s code of conduct? Is this the moment to be more transparent about store financials?  Understanding that specific HR statutes vary from state to state, the language around so many of these interpersonal moments is common…and most of us could use some help navigating these situations. We’re delighted to welcome Hachette’s Stephanie Steinberg to the NEIBA Spring Forum for some straight talk about HR in the form of an “AMA” session. Come to this event with your HR questions at the ready, and if you’d like to submit them in advance, please do so here.

June 11, 2020

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Summer All About the Books Event
M.T. Anderson, author of The Daughters of Ys
Joey Bui, author of Lucky Ticket
L. Anette Binder, author of The Vanishing Sky
Sarah Brannen, author of Uncle Bobby's Wedding
Gail Caldwell, author of Bright Precious Thing
Cree LeFavour, author of Private Means
Heidi Pitlor, author of Impersonation
Rory Power, author of Burn Our Bodies Down
Sara Seager, author of The Smallest Lights in the Universe
Asako Serizawa, author of Inheritors
Booksellers, would you like to introduce an author at this event?
2:00 - 4:00 PM
ABA National Annual Meeting & Town Hall
plus Presentation of PW Bookstore of the Year
Join the ABA for its annual Town Hall. Immediately after, Publishers Weekly will present Bookstore of the Year to NEIBA member Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA).
4:00 - 5:00 PM
NEIBA Happy Hour
Join us with the beverage of your choice and socialize with members of the NEIBA community.


If you previously purchased tickets to the Spring Forum, you have been refunded. Ticket holders received an EventBrite announcement of a refund and a second e-mail from Paypal when the refund was processed. If you need either your receipt to be sent again, please e-mail Ali Schmelzle (Ali@NEBA.org).
If you reserved a hotel room at the DoubleTree in Portland, it will be cancelled.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to Beth Ineson (Beth@NEBA.org). We look forward to seeing your faces on our screens in June — until then, please take good care and stay well!