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Wednesday, October 10

Registration Open
2:00 to 5:00 pm

ABA Seminar: The Principles of Bookstore Finance
9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Aspen Room, registration is $79, and lunch is included. Register via BookWeb.

Advisory Council Meeting 
3:15 to 4:45 pm, Aspen Room

“Are You a First-Timer?” for New Booksellers 
7:00 to 7:30 pm, Ballroom Lobby
“Are You a First-Timer?” for New Exhibitors
7:00 to 7:30 pm, Ballroom Lobby

Meet the Board in the Bar
7:45 PM, Main floor lounge


Thursday, October 11

Children’s Author & Illustrator Breakfast
8:00 to 9:15 am (doors open 7:45 am), Telluride Room
Breakfast Buffet, tickets required.

Author Guests:

  • Mac Barnett, Mac Undercover,
  • Ellen Hopkins, People Kill People,
    Simon & Schuster/McElderry
  • Andrea Beaty, Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, Abrams/Amulet
  • Adam Gidwitz & Joseph Bruchac, Unicorn Rescue Society: Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot,
    Penguin Books for Young Readers

Pick of the Lists
9:30 am to 11:45 am, Aspen Room

No programming/free hour
11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Pick of the Lists
12:45 to 4:20 pm, Aspen Room

Exhibit Hall Gala Opening Reception with Special Celebration of Kathy Keel
(Special thanks to Top Shelf Sponsor HarperCollins)
Exhibits Open, 4:30 to 6:45 pm, Colorado Ballroom

Member Meet & Greet
(Special thanks to Welcome Sponsor Shelf Awareness)
7:00 to 9:00 pm, Station 26 Brewery


Friday, October 12

Women’s Voices Author Breakfast
8:00 to 9:15 am (doors open 7:45 am), Telluride Room
Breakfast Buffet, tickets required.

Author Guests:

  • Kate Morton, The Clockmaker’s Daughter,
    Simon & Schuster/Atria
  • Martha Hall Kelly, Lost Roses, Ballantine
  • Carolyn Forche, What You Have Heard is True,
    Penguin Press
  • Stephanie Land, Maid, Hachette Book Group

Exhibit Hall Open
9:30 am to 12:30 pm, Colorado Ballroom

ABA IndieCommere & IndieLite Meetings Available in Exhibit Hall
9:30 am to 4:00 pm, pre-register for a time, or walk-ins are welcome.

SOLD OUT — Author! Author! Luncheon
(Special thanks to Bestseller Sponsor Ingram Content Group)
12:30 to 1:30 pm (doors open 12:15), Telluride Room
Salad Bar Buffet, tickets required — event is SOLD OUT.

Author Guests:

  • John Fried, The Martin Chronicles, Grand Central
  • Crystal Smith, Bloodleaf, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Sage Foster Lasser, Grow Grateful, Magination Press
  • Brian Nelson, The Last Swordmaker, Blackstone Publishing
  • Emily Suvada, This Cruel Design, Simon & Schuster/Pulse
  • J.C. Cervantes, The Storm Runner, Disney Publishing
  • Susanna Kearsley, Bellweather, Sourcebooks
  • Don Zolidis, The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig, Disney Publishing
  • Annie Ward, Beautiful Bad, HarperCollins
  • Pam Jenoff, The Lost Girls of Paris, HarperCollins

Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 to 4:00 pm, Colorado Ballroom
Binc “Heads or Tails” Fundraising Game
3:45 pm, Exhibit Hall

Young Readers Roundup
(Author Speed-Dating)
4:30 to 5:30 pm (doors open 4:15), Telluride Room
No charge, registration required.

Author Guests:

  • Jennifer A. Nielsen, Resistance, Scholastic
  • Lillian Clark, Immoral Code, Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Colleen Oakes, The Black Coats, HarperTeen
  • Dylan Thuras, The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith, Hearts Unbroken,
  • Leah Tinari, Limitless, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
  • Lindsay Eagar, The Bigfoot Files, Candlewick
  • Molly Idle, Pearl, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Rebecca Hanover, The Similars, Sourcebooks
  • Lija Fisher, The Cryptid Catcher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Sean Easley, Hotel Between, Simon & Schuster BFYR
  • Mari Mancusi, The Camelot Code: Once and Future Geek, Disney Publishing

Genre Author Panel: Speculative Fiction
4:30 to 5:30 pm (doors open 4:15), Big Thompson Room
No charge, registration required.

Moderated by Ronnie Kutys, Assistant Sales Manager, HarperCollins

Author Guests:

  • Seth Fried, The Municipalists, Penguin Press
  • Molly Tanzer, Creatures of Want and Ruin, HMH/John Joseph Adams
  • Ausma Khan, The Black Khan, HarperCollins/Voyager
  • Walter Jon Williams, The Accidental War, HarperCollins/Voyager
  • Julie Kagawa, Shadow of the Fox, Harlequin Teen
  • Arkady Martin, A Memory of Empire, Tor

Cocktail Reception and Literary Trivia Challenge
(Special thanks to Top Shelf Sponsor Workman Publishing)
6:00 to 7:30 pm, Aspen Room

Gala Author Banquet
Doors Open 7:30, Buffet Open 7:45 pm, Program 8:15 pm, Colorado Ballroom
Italian Dinner Buffet, red and white wine included, tickets required.

Author Guests:

  • Valerie Jarrett, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, Viking
  • Tom Clavin, Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter,
    St. Martin’s Press
  • Laini Taylor, Muse of Nightmares, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Leif Enger, Virgil Wander, Grove-Atlantic


Saturday, October 13

Authors of Future Releases Breakfast
8:00 to 9:15 am (doors open 7:45 am), Telluride Room
Breakfast Buffet, tickets required.

Author Guests:

  • Greer Hendricks, An Anonymous Girl, St. Martin’s Press
  • Tim Johnston, The Current, Algonquin
  • Holly Goldberg Sloan, To Night Owl From Dogfish, Penguin Books for Young Readers
  • Ben Philippe, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, Balzar+Bray

ABA IndieCommere & IndieLite Meetings Available
9:30 am to 4:00 pm, pre-register for a time. By appointment.

ABA Education Session: Maximizing Pre-Order Campaigns
9:30 to 10:30 am, Aspen Room

(Special thanks to Learned Sponsor Penguin Random House, for supporting the Day of Education and Annual Meeting)

MPIBA Annual Membership Meeting
10:45 to 11:45 am, Aspen Room

Reading the West Book Awards Luncheon
(Special thanks to Bestseller Sponsor Baker & Taylor)
12:00 to 1:15 pm (doors open 11:45), Telluride Room
Lunch Buffet, tickets required.

Author Guests:

  • Previous Winner Author Host:
    Pam Houston, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, W.W. Norton
  • Adult Fiction Winner:
    Jamie Harrison, The Widow Nash, Counterpoint Press
  • Adult Nonfiction Winner:
    David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon, Doubleday
  • Children’s Winner:
    Dusti Bowling, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Sterling Publishing

Education Session & Roundtables
1:30 to 2:30 pm

  • Finding Love in the Romance Section: Panel Discussion & Idea Exchange
  • Fixtures: Your Silent Sales Force — Merchandising Round Table Session
  • Edelweiss Beyond the Buyer: Marketing & Bookseller Engagement Idea Exchange Round Tables

Education Session & Roundtables
2:45 to 3:45 pm

  • Turning Inventory into Profit: Presentation & Discussion
  • Bestsellers Beyond Books: What Gift Items You Should be Stocking — Idea Exchange Round Tables
  • Independent Bookstore Day Turns 5: Idea Exchange Round Tables

Books & Brews
(Author Speed-Dating)
4:00 to 5:30 pm (doors open 3:45), Telluride Room
Beer & Bar Snacks, tickets required.

Author Guests:

  • Mesha Maren, Sugar Run, Algonquin
  • Brian Hart, Trouble to No Man, HarperCollins
  • Eliza Cross, Bacon, Beans, and Beer, Gibbs-Smith
  • Ray McPadden, And the Whole Mountain Burned, Center Street
  • Kathy Wang, Family Trust, HarperCollins
  • Lisa Sandlin, Title Forthcoming, Cinco Puntos Press
  • Susan Purvis, Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost-And Myself, Blackstone Publishing
  • Marjorie Herrera Lewis, When the Men Were Gone, HarperCollins
  • Sarah Bird, The Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, St. Martin’s
  • Amanda Lenz, Colorful Colorado Coloring Journal, Fulcrum
  • Jenn Lyons, The Ruin of Kings, Tor
  • Gerry Roach, Colorado’s Thirteeners: From Hikes to Climbs, Fulcrum
  • Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina and Corina, PRH/One World



Originally posted July 12, 2018

Information • Authors • Sponsorships

Heather Duncan, MPIBA Executive Director
Executive Office:
2105 Union Drive
Lakewood, CO 80215

(720) 272-0805

​Exhibitors • Billing

Kathy Keel, MPIBA Operations Manager
Administrative Office:
208 E. Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO

(970) 484-3939 phone

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