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: Elayna Trucker, Napa Bookmine Participants: Angela, Pursel, Mary Williams, Amy Stephenson, Rebeka Shoaf, Derek Stordahl, Sarah Pishko, Harry from Kepler’s, Eileen Speers, Rachel from Avid Bookshop, Andrew Unger, Kim Patch, Johanna Vondeling, Michael Reinken, Wyatt (unknown association), Wendy Thomas Russell, Cynthia St. John Notes: Definitely need better communication of expectations Placing authors at the… Continue reading Bookstore Events!
Host: Cherilyn Parsons Participants: Steve Piersanti; Susanne Pari; Cindy and Art (readers) Notes: Cherilyn wished that publishers would allow audiobooks to be “counted” as a book sale within bundled author events — and same with e-books — because so many people are buying in these other forms instead of hardcover. It’s frustrating to be an… Continue reading Audio books
Host: Jasmine Valandani Participants: Notes: Durham, NC has a group called Book Harvest a non-profit that provides books to 0-5 year olds – once a month visit and gifted 2 free new books. They collect donations from the community. There are statistics that book ownership translates to higher literacy rates Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo, I came late… Continue reading Community Partners to collaborate with to deepen literacy
Host: Steve Wax Participants: Wendy Thomas Russell, Margo Sage-El, Lisa Uhrik, Vickie Titcombs (?) need 2 more Notes: Indie bookstores are increasingly designing for a story, not just a book or category. — As are museums, libraries, galleries, and shops Lisa at Franklin Fixtures is encouraging and supporting more and more story thinking around the… Continue reading Designing for Stories
Host: Susanne Pari Participants: Steve Piersanti, Susanne Pari, Sandra Janoff Notes: Steve: How do we find book groups if publishing non-fiction. Susanne: FYI: I created the program for Book Group Expo, a conference for book group readers that took place for three years running in the aughts. We had up to 2500 attendees (readers) and… Continue reading Book Clubs and Indies
Host: Lisa Uhrik Participants: Lisa Uhrik, Jasmine Valandani, Gayle Wattawa, Shari Stauch Notes: Lisa – Franklin Fixtures: how to create spaces, organizational development and literacy (museums and bookstores) Book – America Becoming by Lisa Uhrik Japan – buy or borrow model – how to partner with libraries to create stores within a library museum stores… Continue reading How do we reimagine connections with universities and libraries as cohorts with Indie bookstores for the benefit of all?
Host: Len Vlahos Notes: Len: The relationship hasn’t changed in at least 35 years Ann Seaton: This affects the entire ecosystem- as an author how does Len see this from an author perspective Len: The relationship is more rational as an author with contracts, royalties, rates etc. As a bookseller he felt he couldn’t get… Continue reading How do we reimagine the relationship between Bookstores and Publishers?
Host: Mark Pearson Notes: There are different demographics: kids, young adults, adults, and people access books differently – some through libraries, some through bookstores, some through audiobooks. Young people are visual, but not necessarily with the printed page – graphic novels and manga may be more appealing. Audiobooks can enable people with dyslexia to access… Continue reading How do we get more people reading books?
Host: Carol Participants: Notes: Carol: store owner 10 years, store approaching 50 years. Margot: lot of pivots in 25 years. Uses staff as a sounding board before making business decisions. Jessica: co-ops and unions: how to benefit staff & company, issues of team-building Neil: transparency around expectations of compensation / advancement in bookstore business model… Continue reading The movement seems to be towards co-op or non-profit models, but I’m wondering if we can still succeed as a traditional business? Interested in implications of each model.