SPRING FORUM RECAP
A huge thank you to our Spring Forum Sponsors: Dan and Gary at Prologue Bookshop, bookstore tour stores: Beanbag Books, Birdie Books, The Book Loft of German Village, Bookspace Columbus, Cover to Cover Children's Books, Gramercy Books, Eric Obenauf, Eliza Wood Obenauf, Brett Gregory and the entire staff at Two Dollar Radio, 7 Stories Press, Sarabande Books, Tin House Press, Biblioasis, Mariner Books, HarperCollins, Peachtree Teen, Chronicle Books, Bloomsbury and She Writes press for making this year's event incredible. We welcomed 75 attendees to Columbus over two days.
We started Spring Forum with a seven store Columbus area bookstore tour ending with a reception at Prologue Bookshop. Followed Spring Forum at Two Dollar Radio featuring authors Alex Crespo, Christine Lai, Gabi Burton, Linda Kass, Sara Herchenroether, Thao Thai, Nina Barret and Abra Berens. We had a day full of education, author presentations, lunch, bookselling camaraderie and ended the evening with a poetry reading from Hanif Abdurraqib.
SPRING FORUM HIGHLIGHTS
Two Amazing Firsts
Thank you to our featured authors! From left to right: Christine Lai (Landscapes), Linda Kass (Bessie), Sara Herchenroether (The Night Flowers), Alex Crespo (Saint Juniper's Folly), Abra Berens (Pulp: A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit), Gabi Burton (Sing Me to Sleep), Thao Thai (Banyan Moon), Nina Barrett (The Leopold and Loeb Files)
THANK YOU SPRING FORUM SPONSORS!
Spring Forum Photos
Chicagoland Area or Remotely from IL, IN, KY, MI, OH or WI
Part Time / 20 hours per week
$20 per hour
The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association is a non-profit bookstore advocacy organization based in the Great Lakes and Midwest region. Covering Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. We provide education, events, social networking opportunities and marketing programs annually.
About the Role
We are seeking an Executive Assistant to handle day to day tasks of the organization as well as planning and execution of annual events.
Assist the Executive Director
Manage day-to-day tasks of the organization
Bookstore and publisher outreach
Tradeshow and large-scale event planning and execution
Seeking Experience working on a trade show or on large-scale events
Including budgeting, floor plans and publisher relations
Bookselling and or publishing experience
Familiarity or expertise in the following programs and platforms
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday! GLIBA is thrilled to have worked on three separate state indie bookstore crawls this year! (Illinois, Indiana and Michigan) This newsletter showcases the creativity and hard work that went into planning these events. Following IBD we want to set up a call with the teams that lead each crawl and bookstores that want to participate or set up their own crawl next year. We intend on sharing best practices, workflow, results and what we can learn from each other. Please watch for a meeting invite in the weeks following IBD. Here's a little about what we did this year.
Illinois and Chicago bookstores partnered to host a 40+ bookstore crawl that includes a printed passport & pins. After an Initial $20 purchase customers receive a printed passport containing all participating stores. As they visit stores their passport gets stamped. After visiting 10 or 15 stores participants receive an enamel pin and a 10-15% discount from all participating bookstores for the year! For more info visit chilovebooks.com. Coverage on WGN | NewCity
Indiana bookstores partnered to create and produce these very cool tote bags. As well, Pete and Freddy's Pages a plenty produced an awesome Zine that features all Indiana bookstores. Stores are selling the totes, using them as qualifying purchases and packaging them with other goodies. Each tote features bright graphic artwork with impactful and supportive messaging. The back of each tote bag lists all participating Indiana bookstores.
Michigan bookstores partnered to create a bingo card & mascot. Simply visit participating stores or complete bookish activities listed on the bingo cards to win prizes and giveaways across the entire state.
Please watch for a post IBD meeting invite in the upcoming weeks.