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: 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: Helen C Notes: Possible: Approach to start with working on white staff – to build their cultural humility. PB: Libraries – are a remarkable place where classes cross. Advocate the diverse storiesThere is a story/ history/culture – we can invest in other spaces without being colonial. NK: Library – world. Engaging with communities in… Continue reading How might we enhance the diversity of our bookstores to reflect our communities, stakeholders and inventories?
Host: Jhoanna Belfer, Bel Canto Books Participants: Jhoanna Belfer, Kelly Stromberg Notes: Reach out to local nonprofits/government/affinity groups to talk to them about bookselling, professional development, job creation programs. Reach out to school PTAs to connect directly with schools for literacy fairs and other partnerships. Look at Neighborhood House in St. Paul, Minnesota to see… Continue reading How do we make space for historically underrepresented folx in bookselling, either as booksellers or as bookstore owners?