News from BookExpo

I’m in LA for BookExpo, staying on the 14th floor of the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Here’s a photo of the view from my window with the famous Hollywood sign in the way back. The reflection on the church tower is the lamp from hotel room.

View from my hotel window

I’ve spent the day in educational sessions, learning how to be a better bookseller. It’s been exciting to be here as an bookstore owner, in addition to my usual role as bookseller. The American Booksellers Association is made up of independent bookstores, and everyone here is very supportive of and excited for new bookstore owners.

I attended the ABA’s annual Celebration of Bookselling reception last evening, and the ABA launched IndieBound, a program that they hope will bring together booksellers, readers, independent retailers, local business alliances and other who believe that healthy local economies help communities thrive. We’ll let you know more about the program as we learn more about it, but it sounds exciting!

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