SIBA in The Springtime *March 6-9*

 

 

SIBA in the SPRINGTIME *Thursday, March 6th*
Westin Peachtree Plaza- Atlanta, GA  
$99 Day of Education – Free to SIBA Members 

 
 
 
 
 
A Meeting of the Minds
Booksellers and writers will gather for a day of bonding and sharing about the challenges and opportunities they both face with an eye to solutions and solidarity.  
 
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Thursday, March 6th  

8am- 8:30am:  Gather at Westin Peachtree Plaza
Gather together for a continental breakfast, coffee, and registration to be on the bus to The Food Movement by 8:30am. 
 
9am – 12:30pm:  The Big Cook-Off! And The Big Eat-Off!
Writers and booksellers will be divided into teams that compete against one another. And while our Chefs provide guided menus, there’s plenty of opportunity for creativity by adding ingredients, varying techniques or being as innovative as you like. For those who like assurance, the Chefs are there to provide as much instruction as you wish.  In the end, teams are judged in three areas:  
 
 Time (25%)  
 Presentation and plating (25%)      
 Taste (50%)    
 
Along the way to culinary supremacy, you might also experience a few “speed bumps.” There are surprises that could be thrown in.  Once we prepare our food, we then enjoy lunch together before the winner is announced! 
 
1pm – 5pm:  Meeting of the Minds
All of this slinging of food and eating of our labors will be the cornerstone on which the Meeting of the Minds will take place. Transported back from The Food Movement to the Westin Peachtree Plaza, the cooking teams will continue in their groups to discuss such topics as:  Creating the narrative, Ebooks & Ereaders, Ways to partner & promote, being good customers to each other Cross Promotion possibilities, what writers need from booksellers, what booksellers need from writers, how books are presented in-store, how stores are presented on- line, what writers wish booksellers knew, what booksellers wish writers knew.
 

5pm – 6pm:  Happy Hour with KOBO Writing Life
The KOBO Team will share with booksellers and writers alike how the KOBO Writing Life Program can be used by both constituents for fun and profit!    
 
 

Sponsored by SIBA in the Springtime, KOBO, and Inkreadible Sponsor GABBS
GABBS Education Kicks Off on Friday Morning

Friday, March 7th  
 
9am – 10:30 am:  Conversations That Work For Bookstore Situations That Irk 
You’ve all been there:
- A customer walks into your store, picks up a cookbook, and starts copying or photographing recipes.
What do you say?
- They come, they make a list, the leave and buy it elsewhere.
How do you handle “showrooming” in a positive way?
- There are a couple of kids making out in the teen section.
What do you say and do?  

ABA will be offering a synopsis of conversations that really work, for all kinds of irksome situations that occur every day in the bookstore.  Take away real practices that you can put into immediate action in the store.  Come and share what conversations have worked for you.  Come with situations that are still confounding you. 

 

11am - 1pm: The American Booksellers Association Bookseller Forum (includes lunch) 

Over lunch, CEO Teicher will lead an open forum and discussion of industry issues. Attendees help guide the agenda of the forum, so please come with your questions and comments.

 
 2pm – 5 pm: Gift Market Field Trips 
The Gift Market is amazing and a maze.  And we want to help first-time market-goers get around so we have set up field trips with seasoned gift buyers throughout the day.  Field trips are limited to 5 persons so please let us know which time slot you want.  Field Trips are scheduled for one hour and will be available at 2, 3, & 4 PM.
 
Saturday, March 8th 
 
9am – 10:30 am: The Right Book in the Right Place at the Right Time 
Publishing and Selling What Readers Want in a Time of Radical Competition 
 
2pm - 4 pm: Gift Market Field Trips 
The Gift Market is amazing and a maze.  And we want to help first-time market-goers get around so we have set up field trips with seasoned gift buyers throughout the day.  Field trips are limited to 5 persons so please let us know which time slot you want.  Field Trips are scheduled for one hour and will be available at 2 & 3 PM

GABBS Show Floor Hours

Friday,       March 7     10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday,   March 8    10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday,     March 9     9:00am - 1:00pm