As you may know, I spent a brief but producctive stint working for BookStream, an independent book wholesaler for the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. It's a company staffed by smart, passionate, book-savvy folks, and dedicated to raising the level of discourse and profitability across the book industry.
To that end, BookStream geniuses Carolyn and Ken have once again cooked up a fabulous TitleWave event: author readings, staff picks, lunch, and free galleys! They've got some fabulous authors lined up for the August 4 event in Princeton, NJ. It's almost a mini-trade show or Winter Institute, and a chance for booksellers to get a look at the books coming out in the next season and learn how to sell them better. I've included Carolyn's press release below with all the details. I'm encouraging all of my colleagues to go, to support BookStream's efforts, and to take advantage of this chance for professional development. And there's no arguing with a free lunch!
BookStream's second TitleWave Event to be held on August 4
Following on the heels of the success of its first TitleWave on February 27, 2008, BookStream has announced a second TitleWave to be held on August 4, 2008, from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Nassau Inn, in Princeton, NJ.
The purpose of the event is to familiarize booksellers with up-and-coming authors and titles using both author appearances and a presentation of picks-of-the-lists selected and presented by BookStream staff. The event is free and open to all employees of independent bookstores so that they may be part of an information exchange that will lead to more successful hand selling and knowledge of new titles.
Featured authors will be David Ebershoff (The 19th Wife, Random House), Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz (The Miracles of Prato, William Morrow) and Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (Baked, Stewart, Tabori & Chang). After each author’s appearance, booksellers will have a chance to meet them and receive signed copies of their books (and in the case of the Baked authors, samples of their delicious deserts!).
The rest of the day will include lunch, presentations, and a forum for booksellers to have peer-to-peer interaction, including a discussion of favorite titles and ideas that have succeeded in their stores. With this in mind, BookStream asks that booksellers arrive prepared to share at least one title that they’ve enjoyed reading recently.
The Nassau Inn, centrally located in Princeton, NJ, can be accessed easily by train or car. For directions, information on carpooling, and to RSVP for this free event, please contact Carolyn Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 416-1112 x209.
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And for your Monday afternoon cute/weird/clever dosage, check out the new blog Corpus Libris. That's my fellow Emerging Leaders Council member Emily Pullen with the fist in the inaugural post, demonstrating once again that Skylight Books is one of the coolest places in L.A. I may have to bust out the digital camera at work and send some photos to them myself. Have fun!
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