Children’s Author & Illustrator Breakfast: Sarah Taylor from The Bookworm of Edwards in Edwards, Colorado and Abbey Paxton from BookBar in Denver, Colorado wowed the crowd with their introductory song, “Get Your Wiggles Out.”
|Enjoy this 5-minute slideshow (click the “HD” button to view in high definition) of the just-completed Fall Discovery Show 2016, with wonderful moments captured in photos by Victoria Henson. Thank you to everyone — booksellers, authors, sponsors, publishers, exhibitors, MPIBA Board and Executive Director, MPIBA staff and volunteers, and The Renaissance Hotel — who made this show so very special!|
Backlist Blind Book Swap: Stephanie Schindhelm and Liesl Freudenstein from Boulder Book Store in Boulder, Colorado
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Exhibit Hall Opening Reception: Amanda Sutton from Bookworks in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her son Winter.
MPIBA Board of Directors and Executive Director
Bottom row (from left): Nicole Sullivan, MPIBA director; Danielle Foster, MPIBA treasurer; Christopher Green, MPIBA director. Top row (from left): Laura Ayrey Burnett, MPIBA executive director; Meg Sherman, MPIBA director; Anne Holman, MPIBA president; Heather Duncan, MPIBA v-p; Jeremy Ellis, MPIBA director. Photo by Victoria Henson.
MPIBA 2016: A Collegial Gathering of Distant Relations
15 new member stores joined in the region last year.
By Ed Nawotka in Publishers Weekly | Oct 11, 2016
The Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show took place October 6-8, in Denver, the second time independent booksellers convened in the Mile High City this year. In January, the ABA’s Winter Institute was held in the city.
Literary Trivia: Tattered Cover Book Store’s winning team (again).
Among the new members in attendance was Canned Ham-Lit, a 98 sq.-ft microstore run by Midori Matsuda and her mother out of a renovated trailer that pops up in different locations around Elizabeth, Colo.
Another new bookseller in Denver was Booked on 25th in Ogden, UT, whose owner Marcy Rizzi left a career as a SWAT team negotiator to get into the book business. “I just love the energy of the book business, which is very different from that law enforcement and a lot less stressful,” said Rizzi.
Dallas Bell was at the show, ahead of opening Burrowing Owl Books in Canyon, Tex. next month “I was motivated, in part, by the closing of Hastings [Entertainment],” said Bell, whose store will be located 20 miles outside Amarillo, Tex., where Hastings had been headquartered. Hastings operated 126 stores, many of which were in the vicinity of MPIBA booksellers.
Other booksellers, are still filling in gaps in the market left by the bankruptcy of Borders many years ago: Becky and Jay Jackson opened Absolutely Fiction Books in Lufkin, Tx in July. “We met at a Waldenbooks more than 30 years ago and when the Waldenbooks closed five years ago in Lufkin, people had to drive an hour-and-a-half to two hours to get to a bookstore.”
Joni Montover, who opened Paragraphs Bookstore in South Padre Island, Tx, in 2010, noted that her biggest competition remains Internet booksellers and her customers will often drive long distances for the privilege of shopping in a real bookstore.
New bookstores have been opening in Colorado and MPIBA added five new member stores in the state this year, including Book Lover’s Emporium in Ft. Collins, Co. and Coyote Ridge Books in Broomfield, Colo.
Arsen Kashkashian, general manager of Boulder Bookstore, said that for established stores like his own, “things have been up and down this year,” something he blames on the election.”Unfortunately, there wasn’t a big political book buyers wanted.
(Sideline sales can help bridge the gap in slow years and the MPIBA Discovery Show added two rows of sideline vendors this year, a section that MPIBA project manager Kathy Keel dubbed “The Sideline Slide.”)
Despite the distractions of politics, the mood at the show was buoyant. Liane David Kling, a former social studies teacher, who bought Downtown Books in Craig, Colo. in 2015 and was making her first visit to the show, said it was just “wonderful” to be there and “experience the energy.”
Author Banquet, from left: T.C. Boyle from HarperCollins Publishers, Anne Lamott from Penguin Random House/Riverhead; Maria Semple from Hachette Book Group/Little, Brown, and David Grann from Penguin Random House/Doubleday.
MPIBA Fall Discovery Show’s Extended Family
By Robert Gray in Shelf Awareness | October 14, 2016
After all these years and all these regional fall book conferences, I think I’ve become an accomplished collector of quotations from guest authors expressing their appreciation for independent booksellers. Last week, during the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show in Denver, I had the chance to add some vintage quotes to my collection and to reflect on the extended family that is indie bookselling, a “region” without boundaries.
It is a growing family. The 2016 MPIBA show had 221 booksellers in attendance, a solid number helped by the addition of 15 new bookstores.
Anne Holman of the King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah, summed it up nicely at the General Meeting when she said,
Author & Illustrator Breakfast: Illustrator Erin Stead
The notion of an extended bookselling family occurred to me when I heard Erin Stead (The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles) recount her bookselling days at Books of Wonder in Manhattan during the Children’s Author & Illustrator Breakfast. “I think that booksellers are my family, and that sounds really disingenuous, I guess, but the truth is that I still consider myself a bookseller first and not an illustrator,” she said. “If you’re wondering, I still go into stores and front and face compulsively.”
Working in the store was the greatest education I had for my job. … My first two days they just put a thousand picture books in front of me and said we want you to read all of them and figure out what you like, figure out what you don’t like, and figure out why.
And it was the best thing I could have gotten. And then at the end I had to shelve them all…. It was a wonderful education.”
During the Author Banquet, T.C. Boyle (The Terranauts) expressed his gratitude to indie booksellers “for supporting my book from the very beginning when I was known only to my mother, wife and daughter. Speaking of that daughter, by the way, she works at Skylight Books in L.A.” He recalled an event a couple of years ago for his collected stories at which “she introduced me, but, more than that, I read one story, and she read one, too.”
Elan Mastai (All Our Wrong Todays), a speaker at the Author of Future Releases Breakfast, said: “One of the reasons it’s lovely to be here meeting booksellers from around the area is my local independent bookstore, Book City in Toronto. I’m there like every other day…. Probably half the books I buy are because they’re just handsold to me by one of the folks who works at the bookstore, like Kylie or Graham or Stacey….
“Every time I go to a new city, I always end up in a bookstore. My wife is an avid reader as well, though not quite as obsessive as I am. She’s like, ‘They have the same books back home.’ It’s not the same! Because you go to an independent bookstore and it’s a vibe. They have certain books that they’re going to highlight. I love the handwritten notes. I love talking to people about the books that I wouldn’t expect. Maybe it’s a local author. Maybe it’s an international author….
Author & Illustrator Breakfast: Author and illustrator David Shannon
David Shannon (Duck on a Tractor), noted that his book Duck on a Bike “came out a long time ago,” but a sequel was possible because
He apologized for having to leave immediately after the event to visit his daughter in college. She had been the inspiration for his 2004 book Alice the Fairy. “She’s all grown up,” he said. “So thank you for being my friends for the whole life of my kid.”
Posted Friday, October 14, 2016