Roxanne Coady, owner of R.J. Julia, Madison, Conn., moderates the panel The Tie That Binds: A Conversation Between Authors and Indie Booksellers, which opens the ABA's Day of Education on Thursday, May 28, at the Javits Center. This panel runs from 9-10:30 a.m. and features Sherman Alexie, Jon Meacham, James Patterson and Lisa Scottoline.
Among other Day of Education panels:
Book Club Brainstorming takes place 10:45-12:15 a.m. in Room 1E11. Panelists are Becky Anderson, co-owner, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville, Ill., Karen Corvello, head buyer, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, Conn., and Jennifer Laughran, book fair coordinator and children's specialist, Books Inc., San Francisco, Calif. Carol Fitzgerald, president of the Book Report Network, is the moderator.
The ABA introduces IndieCommerce (formerly known as BookSense.com) from 10:45-12:15 a.m. in Room 1E12. The new IndieCommerce system allows booksellers more control and flexibility with their websites and allows the ABA to add new features faster.
Bookstore as the Third Place: Making Your Store a Community Center Through Innovative Events takes place at 1:15-2:30 p.m. in Room 1E11. Panelists are Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, events coordinator, McNally Jackson Booksellers, New York City, and co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore (yet to be opened), Brooklyn, N.Y., Kelly Justice, owner, the Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Va., Robert Sindelar, managing partner, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, Wash. ABA COO Oren Teicher moderates.
Going Digital: An Industry Discussion on Selling E-Content will be held 1:15-2:30 p.m. in Room 1E12. Panelists are Mark Nelson, digital content strategist, National Association of College Stores, and v-p, strategy and development, NACS Media Solutions, Jenn Northington, events and marketing manager, the King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Andrew Savikas, v-p of digital initiatives, O'Reilly Media. ABA chief program officer Len Vlahos moderates.
Social Media and the Independent Bookseller at 2:45-4 p.m. in Room 1E12. The ABA's Len Vlahos moderates a panel that consists of three accomplished social media mavens: Stephanie Anderson, manager, WORD Bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y., Ann Kingman, district sales manager, Random House, and Megan Sullivan, head buyer, Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, Mass.
Independents Week: Creating a Community-Wide Local First Celebration at any Time of the Year will be held 2:45-4 p.m. in Room 1E11. Panelists are Carla Jimenez, co-owner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, Fla., Lucy Kogler, manager, Talking Leaves Bookstore, Buffalo, N.Y., Paige Poe, ABA IndieBound outreach liaison, and Meg Smith, ABA chief marketing officer.
From 2:45-4 p.m. in Room 1E10, handseller extraordinaire Joe Drabyak of Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, Pa., and ABA CEO Avin Domnitz discuss handselling.