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: 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: 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: 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: Vanessa MacLaren-Wray Participants: Charlie Kruse, Dick (VisionWorks), Humaira Ghilzae, Christopher Miya (Heyday), Madi Mulluen (libro) Notes: Our group successfully posed a lot of good questions, though not so many answers. Mainly, we learned that there’s a will to connect small-press/indie-pub books with indie bookstores and a need for creativity and awareness of constraints on… Continue reading How can bookstores leverage the market for independent/small-press books to be more inclusive in connecting readers and authors?
Host: Perla Ni Participants: Perla, CEO CommunityConnect Labs Notes: Problem statement: Young people are the future and they are not reading books frequently, or going into bookstores frequently. Ideas: Bookstores can better fulfill teenager’s needs: place to meet up, hang out with friends, impress a date Make bookstores a place for teens to hang out:… Continue reading Young people are the future but teenagers don’t frequently read books or go to bookstores. How can Indie bookstores attract teenagers?
Host: Jason Boog Participants: Jason Boog, Fable (L.A.) email@example.com Eric Besner, Fable (NYC) firstname.lastname@example.org Billie Bloebaum, Bookstore Romance Day Andrea Ginsky, Bookstore1Sarasota (FL) email@example.com Angie (Angeline) Gomez, student & reader firstname.lastname@example.org Candace, Editor/Teacher (Louisiana) Kelly Stromberg Kendra Armer, Reader (SF Bay Area) Margie Franzer, Wanderlust Bookstore email@example.com Tom, New Story Community Books (Michigan) Kevin… Continue reading How can digital book readers, audiobook readers, online communities and book clubs support independent booksellers? How can booksellers leverage curation and discovery expertise to connect with these readers?