The message on the homepage for American Booksellers Association reads, “Thank you, everyone, for a great Winter Institute! See you in 2015 in Asheville, NC.” Next January will mark the 10 year anniversary for the annual event which, according to the website, is “open exclusively to Regular and Provisional ABA Members, and invited guests. Registration is capped at 500 booksellers and is first-come, first-served, with a maximum of three registrants per member business.”
Held this year in Seattle, the event included full- and half-day bookstore tours, advance learning sessions for booksellers, author receptions, bookseller brainstorming groups, consultations, education sessions, guest speakers, focus groups, networking and parties.
“At Friday’s breakfast, ABA CEO Oren Teicher announced that the 10th Annual Winter Institute will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, at the historic resort hotel The Grove Park Inn,” reports a blog post at Bookweb.org. “The event will open with an evening reception on Sunday, February 8, 2015, and the educational program will run from Monday, February 9, through Wednesday, February 11.”
Photo from ABA’s Facebook page.