Spring Meeting 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016
Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Public Library in Boulder, Colorado

The Spring Meeting is open to current ABA and MPIBA member booksellers.


Hosted by

American Booksellers Association
Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association
Boulder Book Store
Sponsoring Publishers

You are cordially invited to attend the Spring Meeting in Boulder, Colorado, on Friday, April 8, 2016.

This meeting offers booksellers an opportunity to gather in an intimate setting and delve into the current topics in our industry. It also provides a forum to discuss the tools available to us, if they are working, who is succeeding with them and why, and mostly educate, learn from, and enjoy the company of fellow booksellers.

The MPIBA Author Reception, to be held at member bookstore Boulder Book Store, will feature authors you’ll be excited to see and hear … see below for authors and book descriptions.

Designed for booksellers, the Spring Meeting is open to current ABA and MPIBA member booksellers.

Click here for parking information.

The 10th & Walnut – St. Julien Hotel parking garage is across Boulder Canyon Drive from the library on Arapahoe, and down the street from Boulder Book Store on Pearl Street, so you should be able to park in this facility for the entire event.

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Plan to stay an extra day or even the weekend to visit the exciting restaurants, shops, and other activities in this vibrant Colorado city!


ABA Programming

Boulder Creek Meeting Room
Boulder Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado  80302

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Educational Session:
“Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do”

Data from a recent study, commissioned by ABA, suggests that the localism movement is now at a transition point, and that indie booksellers, indie retailers, and our colleagues in the Shop Local/Local First movement have an opportunity to refocus their efforts and bring about real change in public policy and perception.

During this session, ABA will report on the Civic Economics study “Amazon and Empty Storefronts: The Fiscal and Land Use Impact of Online Retail,” and provide important resources and data to empower everyone connected with independent bookselling to communicate the “new” localism message to colleagues, customers, community members, elected officials, and the media.

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
ABA Lunch and Booksellers Forum
Lunch provided

The ABA Booksellers Forum provides members with the opportunity to share ideas, examine industry issues, and receive updates on various association projects.


MPIBA Programming

Boulder Creek Meeting Room
Boulder Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado  80302

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MPIBA Programming – “Love Your Library!”

Bookstores and libraries share a mission of getting books into the hands of readers. Join us for an interactive discussion of ways we can work together for fun and profit, not just with your local school libraries but with city and county library systems as well. Bring your success stories as well as your questions! This session will be moderated by April Gosling from Boulder Book Store and Lisa Casper from Tattered Cover Book Store.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
MPIBA Advisory Council Meeting

For current MPIBA Advisory Council Members

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

MPIBA Author Reception

Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, Colorado  80302


by Elizabeth J. Church
Workman Publishing – Algonquin Books

In the spirit of THE AVIATOR’S WIFE and LOVING FRANK, this resonant debut spans the years from World War II through the Vietnam War to tell the story of a woman whose scientific ambition is caught up in her relationships with two very different men.

For Meridian Wallace—and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s—being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her Ph.D., become an ornithologist, and make her mother’s sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn’t expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he’s recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him.

What began as an exciting intellectual partnership devolves into a “traditional” marriage. And while the life of a housewife quickly proves stifling, it’s not until years later, when Meridian meets a Vietnam veteran who opens her eyes to how the world is changing, that she realizes just how much she has given up. The repercussions of choosing a different path, though, may be too heavy a burden to bear.

Elizabeth Church’s stirring debut novel about ambition, identity, and sacrifice will ring true to every woman who has had to make the impossible choice between who she is and who circumstances demand her to be.

“Oh, what an incandescent debut! … Church follows one extraordinary woman who is brave enough to challenge the times, take defiant wing, and chart her own extraordinary flight path … I never wanted the story to end.”
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of IS THIS TOMORROW and PICTURES OF YOU


Elizabeth J. Church was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Her father, a research chemist, was drafted out of Carnegie Mellon University, where he was pursuing his graduate studies, and was sent to join other scientists working in secret on the Manhattan Project. Church’s mother, a biologist, eventually joined her husband in Los Alamos. While THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE is not their story, it is the story of many of the women who sacrificed their careers so that their husbands could pursue unique opportunities in scientific research. Along with other Los Alamos children, Church grew up in an environment that gave her ready access both to nature and to female teachers who had advanced degrees in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and other disciplines.

Church practiced law for over thirty years, focusing on mental health and constitutional law issues. After circumstances taught her the brevity of life, she walked away from the law to pursue her original dream of writing. She has written extensively for legal publications and scientific journals. Her short story “Skin Deep” won first prize in Literal Latté’s 2001 fiction contest, and “Lying with Dogs” was published in Natural Bridge in 2002. This is her first novel.


by Stephen Graham Jones
HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow

A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy whose family lives on the fringes of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.

“Stephen Graham Jones has written a wondrous shapeshifter of a novel. MONGRELS exists somewhere in the borderlands of literary and genre fiction, full of horror and humor and heart, at once a nightmarish road trip and a moving story about a broken family leashed together by their fierce love and loyalty. A bloody great read.”—Benjamin Percy, author of THE DEAD LANDS, RED MOON, and THE WILDING

He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his Aunt Libby and Uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixedblood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and close calls—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast, now. Everything is about to change.

A compelling and fascinating journey, MONGRELS alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story—funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, MONGRELS is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.


Stephen Graham Jones is the author of fifteen novels and six story collections. He has received numerous awards including an NEA Fellowship in Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, and three This is Horror Awards. Raised in West Texas, he now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and children.


by Erik Storey
Simon & Schuster – Scribner

Hailed by the bestselling writer William Kent Krueger as “the year’s best thriller debut,” this rollercoaster read features a Jack Reacher-like drifter protagonist with lethal skills whose mission to rescue his abducted sister pits him against a meth kingpin seeking to control all the trade in the Western United States.

Sixteen years. That’s how long Clyde Barr has been away from Colorado’s thick forests, alpine deserts, and craggy peaks, running from a past filled with haunting memories. But now he’s back, having roamed across three continents as a hunter, adventurer, soldier of fortune, and most recently, unjustly imprisoned convict. And once again, his past is reaching out to claim him.

By the light of a flickering campfire, Clyde received a frantic phone call for help from Jen, the youngest of his three older sisters. Then the line goes dead. Clyde doesn’t know how much time he has. He doesn’t know where Jen is located. He doesn’t even know who has her. All he knows is that nothing short of dying will stop him from saving her.

Tagging along with Clyde on this strange, desperate, against-all-odds rescue mission is a young woman named Allie whose motivations for hurtling into harm’s way are fascinatingly complex. As the duo races against the clock, it is Allie who gets Clyde to see what he has become and what he can be.


Erik Storey is a former ranch hand, wilderness guide, dogsled musher, and hunter. NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is his first novel. Erik’s short fiction has been published by such online magazines as Waving Hands Review and Literary Erosion. He and his family live in Rangely, Colorado.


by Eleanor Brown
Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The miraculous new novel from New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Brown, whose debut, THE WEIRD SISTERS, was a sensation beloved by critics and readers alike.

“I adored THE LIGHT OF PARIS. It’s so lovely and big-hearted – it made me long for Paris.”
— Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of ME BEFORE YOU

Madeleine is trapped—by her family’s expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears—in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters.

In Madeleine’s memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been—elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie’s bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist.

Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine’s marriage is threatened, she panics, escaping to her hometown and staying with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother’s bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer—reconnecting to her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and finding a kindred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who reminds her to feed both her body and her heart.

Margie and Madeleine’s stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be.


Eleanor Brown is the bestselling author of THE WEIRD SISTERS, hailed by People magazine as “a delightful debut” and “creative and original” by Library Journal. Her second novel, THE LIGHT OF PARIS, will be published by Putnam Books in the summer of 2016. Eleanor teaches writing workshops at The Writers’ Table in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado, as well as writing conferences and centers nationwide. An avid CrossFit participant, Eleanor is the author of WOD Motivation and a contributor to CrossFit Journal. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor lives in Colorado with her partner, writer J.C. Hutchins.

THE FIRE LINE: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and One of the Deadliest Days in American Firefighting

by Fernanda Santos
Macmillan – Flatiron Books

Exhaustively researched, heart-wrenching, and, against all odds, an uplifting portrait of the human spirit, THE FIRE LINE brings to life the men who put their lives on the line every summer to bring safety and hope to those in the crosshairs of natural disaster.

Every summer elite groups of men and women called Hotshot Crews brave the elements to fight wildfires raging around the country. On June 30, 2013, twenty men known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots set out to quell the Yarnell Hill Fire in Western Arizona. Nineteen lost their lives in the largest loss of firefighter life since the 9/11 attacks. Fernanda Santos has written a riveting, pulse-pounding narrative of an unthinkable disaster, a remarkable group of men, and the raging wildfires that threaten our country’s treasured wild lands.

In THE FIRE LINE, Fernanda Santos brings these complex and brave men into vivid focus. Their sense of humor, loyalty to each other and their families, personal struggles, and triumphs help show how this ragtag group united together to fight the most dangerous fires in the world. In the years since, Santos has talked to each of the victim’s families to learn who these men were and what motivated them to action. She went through the hotshot training course to better understand the demands these men and women must meet in order to put their lives on the line. And Santos conducted more than a hundred hours of interviews while pouring over records to compile the most complete and authoritative account of the events leading up to, during, and after the tragedy.


Fernanda Santos covers Arizona and New Mexico as the Phoenix bureau chief for the New York Times. This is her first book. Stationed in Phoenix at the time, Santos tried to reach Yarnell to cover the fire for the Times. Unable to get into the city due to roadblocks she filed her first story from her car, filling it with the stories of people who were fleeing the city as the fire encroached on their homes and businesses.

DEAR COUNTY AGENT GUY: Calf Pulling, Husband Training, and Other Curious Dispatches from a Midwestern Dairy Farmer

by Jerry Nelson
Workman Publishing

“Jerry Nelson’s column comes from the true heart of the Midwest. He has the true voice, the slow twang. He knows wheat from barley. He knows hardware, he knows vegetation, he knows people.”—Garrison Keillor

In the tradition of Mark Twain and Jean Shepherd, Dave Barry and Garrison Keillor, Jerry Nelson is a humorist whose beat is the American heartland, a small-town world of pickup trucks and Sunday night pancake dinners, dropping in on neighbors and complaining about the county agent.

His depictions of daily life, from the point of view of an ex-dairy farmer and taciturn husband with a twinkle in his eye, are read by 250,000 people a week—and occasionally woven into “Prairie Home Companion” scripts. These are stories of courtship; childbirth—he offers the delivery room doctor the use of his calf puller; family; neighbors; chores; and the duties of a father—why is it that a man who spends his days in cow manure can’t change a baby’s diaper?

Knee-slappingly funny one moment, poignant the next, it’s a very special look at a distinctly American way of life.


Jerry Nelson and his wife, Julie, live in Volga, South Dakota, on the farm that Jerry’s great-grandfather homesteaded in the 1880s. In addition to his weekly column, his writing has also appeared in the nation’s top agricultural magazines, including Successful Farming, Farm Journal, Progressive Farmer, and Living the Country Life.





Updated March 2, 2016