Fall Conference Registration

44th Annual
New England Independent Booksellers Association
Fall Conference

  September 18-20, 2017
Rhode Island Convention Center Ballroom, Providence RI

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September 18, 2017


Conference Educational Sessions are sponsored by

Ingram Content Group and Penguin Random House


10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Registration Open


10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Exhibitor Move In


11:00 am -Noon


Bill McKibben, Radio Free Vermont, Blue Rider Press

In Conversation with Linda Ramsdell


12:15 – 2:15


The Rotunda
Advanced ticket required

Please join us for the two-hour, speed-dating style, sales and marketing boxed lunch. Publisher’s and wholesaler’s reps introduce us to the best of the fall and winter lists with a focus on regional titles and their personal picks. Essential for buyers and frontline booksellers.

2:30pm – 3:45 pm

Unlocking the Grid: Secrets and Best Practices of Events

A panel of adult trade publicists from large and mid-size publishers will focus on what they look for in a good pitch; how stores with limited programs can appeal for events; best practices with the grids; managing shared expectations; learning ways to be creative and professional in handling of events of different sizes. The panel will be moderated by a store event manager with plenty of time for Q&A.

NECBA Picks: The Windows & Mirrors Project and Hot Children’s Books to Know about this Holiday Season
NECBA Annual Meeting

NECBA proudly presents a selection of our favorite books from 2017. NECBA members will highlight titles from board books to young adult books. The Windows & Mirrors team will unveil and present books representing the best in children’s books and diversity. This session is particularly recommended for general NEIBA bookstores and booksellers who would like to learn about hot children’s titles to know and stock this holiday season, including NEIBA Holiday Catalog titles. Handouts provided. The session will begin with the NECBA Annual Meeting. Moderated by NECBA Chairs, Sara Hines, Eight Cousins, Falmouth & Beth Wagner, Phoenix Books, Essex VT. The session will begin with the NECBA Annual Meeting.

All Bookselling Is Local: Understanding and Acting on NEIBA ABACUS-15 Information

Because of the level of regional participation, the ABACUS-15 Survey was able to generate a subset report based on NEIBA member bookstore participation and financial data. This session will review the report’s regional top-line data to demonstrate how booksellers can use their own numbers to improve their business’ performance. The ABACUS Survey is unique: There is no comparable data source or analytic tool for independent bookstores. Understanding the framework of the independent bookstore market is important for all—from frontline booksellers to owners and managers.


4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

View from the Other Side: Reps Who Were Buyers

Not only does New England have some of the best reps in the country, quite a few of them used to be buyers and booksellers. These reps have a unique perspective on the inner operations of a bookstore. From this panel we will learn more about what makes a successful sales call, how to work with event managers, and how to build relationships with bookstore staff. This is a good session for all bookstore employees. A book buyer will moderate the panel.

Using Social Media to Reflect Your Store’s Quirky Personality

A panel of bookselling and publishing social media aces will discuss and answer your questions on how they’re successfully using social media to establish their online personalities, sell books, create buzz and engage their customers. Learn new ways to make your stores online presence reflect the authenticity of your funny, offbeat, and helpful bookstore staff.

ABA Presents Maximizing Backlist

A bookstore’s frontlist sales — which are spurred by hand-selling, current events, reviews, and media coverage — are essential. But when it comes to bottom-line profits, backlist titles with proven track records can be an equal, and potentially more manageable, asset. In this session, ABA senior staff and Board members will explore proven ways to market, promote, and sell backlist titles. The session will include a discussion of advantageous backlist terms now being offered by some publishers as well as best practices for successfully managing your store’s cash flow and return on investment.


6:00 – 7:30 pm


The Rotunda
With special hors d’oeuvres from Phaidon

One of the highlights of the Fall Conference, the Author Cocktail Reception winds down the day in a relaxing atmosphere where you’ll have time to visit with your bookselling and publishing colleagues and introduce yourselves to 26 authors. All attendees are welcome!

Diana Harmon Asher, Sidetracked, Abrams
Mira Bartok, The Wonderling, Candlewick
Deanna Cook, Baking Class, Storey Publishing
Michelle Cuevas, The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole, Dial Books
Mike Curato, All The Way To Havana, Henry Holt BYR
Julie C. Dao, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Philomel Books
Joan Dempsey, This Is How It Begins, She Writes Press
Anne Fadiman, The Wine Lovers Daughter, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window, William Morrow
Sam Graham-Felsen, Green, Random House
Jessica Keener, Strangers in Budapest, Algonquin Books
Mira T. Lee, Everything Here is Beautiful, Viking
Dick Lehr, Trell, Candlewick
Malinda Lo, A Line in the Dark, Dutton
Robin MacArthur, Heart Spring Mountain, Ecco
Simeon Marsalis, As Lie Is to Grin: A Novel, Catapult
Tova Mirvis, The Book of Separation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cullen Murphy, Cartoon County, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Eileen Myles, Afterglow (a dog memoir), Grove Atlantic
Ivy Pochoda, Wonder Valley, Ecco
Nancy Schon, Make Way for Nancy, A Life in Public Art, David R. Godine, Publisher
Jared Yates Sexton, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, Counterpoint
Peter Sís, Robinson, Scholastic
Tillie Walden, Spinning, First Second
Cherise Wolas, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, Flatiron Books
Steve Yarbrough, The Unmade World, Unbridled Books



September 19, 2017



7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Registration Open


7:30 am – 10:00 am

Exhibitor Move-in


8:30 am – 10:00 am


The Rotunda
Sponsored by Bookazine
Advance tickets required

Holly Black, The Cruel Prince, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Matt De La Pena & Loren Long, Love, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation, Balzer + Bray


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Trade Show Exhibits Open


10:00 – 4:00 pm

Author Signings at Exhibitor Tables


3:00 pm



4:30 pm

Trade Show Exhibit Closes


6:00 – 9:00 pm


Biltmore Hotel, Grand Ballroom
Sponsored by Baker & Taylor
Advance tickets required

An evening in celebration of New England Book Awards

MC – Joe Donahue

New England Book Awards:

Fiction – Jessica Shattuck, The Women In The Castle, William Morrow
Non-Fiction  –  Michael Finkel, The Stranger In The Woods, Knopf
Children’s (Ages Birth-11) –  Melissa Sweet, Some Writer!, HMH Books for Young Readers
Young Adult – Mackenzi Lee, The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue, Katherine Tegen Books

President’s Award – John Irving

Saul Gilman Award – Maureen Karb, Como Sales

Independent Spirit Award



September 20, 2017



7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Registration Open


8:30-10:00 am


The Rotunda
Sponsored by HarperCollins
Advanced ticket required

John U. Bacon, The Great Halifax Explosion, William Morrow
Greg Pardlo, Air Traffic, Knopf
Sherri Duskey Rinker & John Rocco, Big Machines, HMH Books for Young Readers
Emily Sweeney, Gangland Boston, Globe Pequot

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Edelweiss +
How to Use Analytical Tools to “Work Better, Read More”

One of the biggest challenges facing booksellers is effective inventory management. Picking the right collection of books is perhaps the greatest service provided to customers, but it can also be time consuming. It’s an art to successfully increase turns while maintaining or improving margins. But science can help. By using data analytics to uncover sales trends and benchmark performance, you can take much of the guesswork out of your operations. In this session, you will learn how to use the data in Edelweiss+Analytics to guide your stocking decisions and increase efficiency.

Blurb Writing

Writing effective blurbs, the kind that show up on publisher’s ARC’s, and your shelf talkers, is a learned art. With time and practice they signal the personality of the writer, while selling more books. This session will educate us on the essential principles of writing a good quote. We’ll cover the timing to publication date, the editing and tone, the key words and the do’s and don’ts that make a great blurb. This is an excellent workshop for frontline booksellers who want to increase their participation in store sales and marketing efforts.

From Signing to Signings: The Marketing Journey of Debut Authors

Ever wonder how a book gets launched? Get a behind the scenes look at the promotion behind hot debut titles from the time the contract is signed to the first book event. This panel will demystify the process, and help your store find ways to work with publishers to maximize presales and sales, utilize book swag and other marketing materials, host well-attended, successful events, and increase the visibility of books you’re passionate about. From cover reveals to tour announcements, learn about ways your store can leverage enthusiasm on social media to drive business to your store. Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X, HarperCollins) and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone, Macmillan), along with members of their marketing teams. Moderated by NECBA.

Owner & Manager Roundtables

Open to Owners and Managers only, this hour is an opportunity to share ideas, frustrations and to discover new approaches to staff hiring and reviews; employee handbooks; benefits; store morale and atmosphere; open book management; staff meetings; customer service; networking within your community.


11:15 am – 12:00 pm

NEIBA Annual Meeting


12:15 – 1:45

Keynote Luncheon

John Hodgman, Vacationland, Viking

(photo credit: Bill McKibben, Steve Liptay; Greg Parldo, Thomas Sayers Elli; John Hodgman, Aaron Draplin)

NEIBA has reserved a block of rooms at two Providence hotels: 

The Omni at One Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903 (401) 598-8000.  Room rates at the Omni are $195 per night. The Providence Biltmore at 11 Dorrance Street, Providence RI 02903. (401) 421-0700.  The room rates at the Biltmore are $179 per night. Rates reflect single, double or junior suite occupancy, plus tax. Hourly and overnight parking is available at both
hotels at their published rates.

You must reference NEIBA when making your reservation to receive the group rate! All reservations must be guaranteed with a one-night room deposit by remitting a check or a major credit card number and expiration date. If a reservation is cancelled, one night’s room and tax will be forfeited.

Deadline for room reservations is Monday, August 28, 2017