Spring Meeting 2017 – Information

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Denver, Colorado


Crowne Plaza Denver at 1450 Glenarm Place, Denver, Colorado 80202


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


Hosted by:

American Booksellers Association
Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association
Tattered Cover Book Store
Sponsoring Publishers

You are cordially invited to attend the Spring Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

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 Tattered Cover Book Store LoDo, 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 to register online.

Complete the online form for each bookseller attendee.


Crowne Plaza room reservations and parking.

Rooms range from $139 – $159 per night. You will be in the heart of downtown Denver and within walking distance to restaurants, shops, nightlife, and LoDo (Lower Downtown).

Parking at the Crowne Plaza has been discounted for booksellers (inform the front desk that you are with MPIBA). Daily parking is $10 and overnight parking is $20.


Map of hotels in downtown Denver.


Transportation from Denver International Airport.




ABA Programming

Crowne Plaza Denver
Elevation Meeting Room
1450 Glenarm Place
Denver, Colorado 80202


10:00 am – 11:30 am 
ABA Interactive Discussion Session:
Bookstores – An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery

In the current environment, customers are increasingly coming to bookstores for connection and communication, as well as for sources of a diverse range of voices and viewpoints.

At the upcoming ABA Spring Forum in Denver, Colorado, in response to member bookstore feedback and requests, ABA will be hosting a conversation where booksellers will share ideas and brainstorm about how bookstores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore.

This will not be a traditional education session. It is designed to be an interactive discussion, where booksellers will be able to participate in open communication and problem solving — in both large and small groups — to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities.


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

Crowne Plaza Denver
Elevation Meeting Room
1450 Glenarm Place
Denver, Colorado 80202


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MPIBA Programming – Announcements and Booksellers Forum for Fall Discovery Show Educational Programming

MPIBA board and staff will lead an open discussion regarding the Fall Discovery Show and other programs, so please come prepared with your ideas and suggestions. We would also like to hear from you during the roundtables: “The Best Thing I Did Last Year.”


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

For current MPIBA Advisory Council Members.



4:00 – 6:00 pm

MPIBA Author Reception


Tattered Cover Book Store LoDo
1628 16th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202


Map of Tattered Cover Book Store LoDo.




Simon & Schuster/Scribner

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu. 

After selling books for years at The Tattered Cover in Denver and Brookline Booksmith in Boston, Matthew Sullivan became inspired by the quirky charisma of independent bookstores and their charming regulars. He also could never forget a terrifying cold case from his youth, in which a Denver-area family was brutally murdered by a hammer-wielding assailant. When these disparate interests converged, this suspenseful, fiendishly clever debut novel was born. The characters include Lydia Smith, who keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books as a clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore; Joey Molina, a beguiling BookFrog store regular; Lydia’s distant father; an obsessive local cop; and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and never completely left.

Matthew Sullivan

received his M.F.A. from the University of Idaho, and has been a resident writer at Yaddo, Centrum and the Vermont Studio Center. His short stories have been awarded the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Prize for Fiction, and have been published in many journals. In addition to working at Tattered Cover and Brookline Booksmith, he has taught writing and literature at colleges in Boston, Idaho, and Poland, and currently teaches writing, literature, and film at Big Bend Community College in Washington State. He is married to a librarian and has two children.




HarperCollins Publishers/Harper

Evocative and atmospheric, this is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature–desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope–as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.   

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. and longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives. Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart.

Bryn Chancellor

Bryn Chancellor’s story collection When Are You Coming Home? won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her short fiction has appeared in a range of publications, including Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, and Phoebe. She was also awarded the 2014 Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in fiction, and literary fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has an M.F.A. in fiction from Vanderbilt University and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.




Penguin Random House/G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Riveting, haunting, and set against a stunning landscape, this is a transcendent novel of psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything she has and use every skill she possesses to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and now threatens to steal her future: her father.  

This novel takes its title and aspects of its story from Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fable, a motif that proves to be crucial to the plot and Helena Pelletier’s complicated relationships with her husband, mother, and especially with her father. Helena has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth … but now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance; she knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls The Marsh King–because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

Karen Dionne

is the author of THE MARSH KING”S DAUGHTER and three other novels. She is also cofounder of the online writers community Backspace, the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors. She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar. She lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.




Penguin Random House/Knopf

A generations-spanning family of psychics–both blessed and burdened by their abilities–must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.  

The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there’s Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant.

But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years. Until, as they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?

Daryl Gregory

is the award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, comics, and the interactive fiction game Flatline. He is the author of AFTERPARTY, THE DEVIL’S ALPHABET, and other novels for adults and young readers. His novella WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award; it was also a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, and Sturgeon awards and has been optioned for TV. He lives in Oakland, California.



THE WEIGHT OF NIGHT: A Novel of Suspense
Simon & Schuster/Atria

The Weight of Night is the latest novel in an award-winning series which “paints a moving picture of complex, flawed people fighting to make their way in a wilderness where little is black or white” (Publishers Weekly). It is a gripping tribute to the power of redemption set against one of America’s most majestic and unforgiving landscapes. 

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts an apocalyptic glow over the imposing peaks and vistas of Montana’s Glacier National Park.

When firefighters are called in to dig firebreaks, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains. Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation, but with an incendiary monster threatening to consume the town, Monty seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county’s lead crime scene investigator. While the two work frantically to determine the true identity of the victim, a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier.

As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together while battling time, the elements, and their own unresolved inner conflicts.

Christine Carbo

The endeavor of writing has been an amazing journey for Christine Carbo, filled with all the necessary binary operations in life: self-doubt and self-belief, pain and joy, frustration and contentment, sadness and happiness, defeat and hope. Throughout this process, Christine has come to realize that writing is even more fulfilling when she stays involved with other writers; she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Authors of the Flathead, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, Outdoor Writers Association of America and Montana Women Writers. Christine and her husband, Jamie, live in Whitefish with three kids, one dog and a cat. When Christine’s not teaching Pilates or writing suspense, she’s enjoying all that living in Northwest Montana has to offer.




Sterling Publishing Children’s Books

“Whoa! What happened to your arms?”

Aven Green gets that question a lot. She loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again.

Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who has his own disability to conquer, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven’s about to discover she can do it all … even without arms.

Dusti Bowling

grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she always had her nose in a book. Dusti holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Education, but she eventually realized that her true passion was writing. THE DAY WE MET, her self-published YA novel, has sold over 20,000 copies. She currently lives in Carefree, Arizona, with her husband, three daughters, one bobcat, a pack of coyotes, a couple of chuckwallas, several rattlesnakes, and a few herds of javelina.





Posted March 1, 2017
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