Spring Conference 2018 - Recap - Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association
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Spring Conference 2018 – Recap

The MPIBA Spring Conference took place in Evergreen, Colorado, on April 25, at the lovely Center for the Arts Evergreen.

Nearly 60 bookseller attendees, from at least five states, spent their day surrounded by a local art exhibit, and enjoyed a lovely spring day in the Rockies (after a surprise spring blizzard on Tuesday, which caused more than a few travel headaches — that is Colorado for you!).


From left: Miranda Berdahl and Vicki Law Burger from Wind City Books in Casper, Wyoming; Meg Sherman from W.W. Norton; Nicole Sullivan from BookBar in Denver, Colorado; Christopher Green from The Bookworm of Edwards in Edwards, Colorado


From left: Tanya Mills, The Book Bungalow in St. George, Utah;
Phoenix Cantrell, Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado; Liane Davis-Kling, Downtown Books in Craig, Colorado


We started our day with coffee and an educational session presented by Oren Teicher and Dan Cullen from the ABA, entitled “A Year of Bookstore Profitability.”

Click here to view the ABA Presentation



Following the educational presentation, we enjoyed a delicious lunch, thanks to the support of the ABA, and a lively open forum conversation with Oren and Dan.

From left: Andrea Phillips, Lainie Formby, and Len Vlahos from Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado


BookExpo Presentation

Brien McDonald, the Event Director for BookExpo, then took a few minutes to tell attendees about the newly imagined BookExpo and to remind everyone about the “Introduce an Indie” BookExpo scholarships, awarded to these MPIBA bookstores:

Callie Metler, Noteworthy Bookstore, Stamford, Texas

Marcy Rizzi, Booked on 25th, Ogden, Utah


MPIBA Presentation

During the MPIBA meeting, the Board and Heather Duncan, the Executive Director, presented current projects and plans, including information on the newly-formed Advisory Committees; new travel grants, “Give a Bookseller a Lift!”; the new digital Holiday Gift Guide; and more.

Next year we hope to have three Spring Conferences, in multiple states, so even more wonderful booksellers can join us.

Stay tuned!


Author Reception at HearthFire Books & Treats

We had six amazing authors for a wonderful Author Reception and signing at the beautiful HearthFire Books & Treats!

Thank you to Kappy Kling and her staff at HearthFire for hosting this event.

Thank you to our sponsoring publishers:

  • Algonquin Books

  • Katherine Tegen Books

  • Scribner

  • Viking

  • W.W. Norton & Company



Kirk W. Johnson
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
(Viking, available April 24, 2018)


Joanna Luloff
Remind Me Again What Happened
(Algonquin Books, available June 26, 2018)


Karen Auvinen
Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living
(Scribner, available June 5, 2018)


John Branch
The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West
(W.W. Norton, available May 15, 2018)


Maxim Loskutoff
Come West and See: Stories

(W.W. Norton, available May 8, 2018)



Kathy Parks
Notes from My Captivity
(Katherine Tegen Books – Young Adult, available July 10, 2018)





Posted May 14, 2018

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