October 18 Opening Remarks October 18 Evening News October 19 News and Announcements October 19 Closing October 18 Opening Remarks Praven Madan’s introduction HELLOOOOO EVERYONE! WELCOME. Thank you all for joining us today for, what we hope, will be a pivotal gathering for bookstores and our communities. My name is Praveen Madan and for my… Continue reading Plenary Notes, Oct 18-19, 2021
Host: Tanya Mills, Book Bungalow Participants: Angie Grau, Bookseller Steph Opitz, Zibby Books Katrina Kruse, sales rep Missy, Katy Budget Books Lauren Gallagher, bookseller Jim Bean, Anthology John Leary, Hachette BrocheAroe Fabian, Sourcebooks/River Dog Book Co. Notes: Q (Tanya): Would publishers be interested in splitting up visits regionally for increased access to authors in rural… Continue reading Given that publishers tend to focus their tours for bigger, more well known authors in big cities and on the coasts, ignoring much of the flyover country where there’s a greater need for illumination and a wider point of view, how might they re-think their advertising and book launch campaigns to give smaller bookstores a “slice of the pie” and, thus, a real shot at impacting their communities?
Host: Praveen Madan, Kepler’s Books Participants: Jamilah, House of Pages Missy, Katy Budget Books Ryan Jackson, Open Books (Chicago) Suzanna Hermans, Oblong (Did primary note taking) Bradley, BookSmart Lanora, sales rep Deb, Literati Bookstore Kendra, reader Sandra, reader/author Clancey, Seminary Co-Op Esme, Firestorm Books Latanya, Bronx Bound Books Alex, PW Will, Emerson Collective Vanessa, author… Continue reading Should we form something like a Stewardship Council to maintain the momentum?
Host: Brad Participants: Bradley Jones, Esme Joy, Laura Larson, Tanya Mills, Nick Johnson Notes: How do we re-envision? – a new business model? Different branding? Branding: How do we brand the concept of an in-person book store? How are we different than being just a place to buy books? What is the story? How can… Continue reading What big big changes can we make to re-envision the bookstore business? Maybe something based on a co-op or for-good corporation?
Host: Kim at Third Place Books Participants: Kim Hooboer of Third Place Books, Sara Look of Charis Books and More, Amber Norris of Left Bank Books STL, Alex Green of Publisher’s Weekly, Scott Minor (Bookish in King of Prussia PA), Anna Thorne, Amber Norris (Left Bank Books), Roy (Rozzie Bound), Pat Mullins (Bliss Books), Chris… Continue reading What concrete steps can we take to pay staff a living wage in traditional brick and mortar bookstores?
Host: Jill Hendrix Participants: Angie Grau, Alana @ Schuler, Eric Green, Marissa, Amanda Hall @ Kepler’s, Steph Opitz, Kristin Hall, Katrina Kruse, Nathan Halter @ Batch, Jamilah, Ryan Jackson, Donna Liu, Melissa DeMotte, and others Notes: What value do we provide to customers? more than just books space itself curation discovery knowledge creating family traditions:… Continue reading Can the indie bookstore channel work together to create a powerful and moving Storybrand?