Spring 2019 Programming
This year, we're offering a few new twists on our traditional spring programming. See the information below for an overview, and please save the date! We will be following up with registration, lodging options, and complete schedule details soon.
March 25, 2019
The booksellers at Dragonfly Books are inviting you to beautiful downtown Decorah, Iowa to immerse yourself in all things independent business. Please join us for education and networking with your fellow independent booksellers as well as a reception with a group of the season's new titles and authors.
Hosted at Dragonfly Books and Hotel Winneshiek, both located in the heart of Decorah’s vibrant downtown retail district, this event will educate and inspire booksellers of every level.
Morning education (with catered lunch)
Decorah, Iowa, rich with independent business, has one of the most vibrant downtown areas in the country. Enjoy an educational session about strengthening your store by building alliances with other businesses, working with your chamber of commerce, building a Shop Local campaign, and the like. The presentation, which includes guest speakers and a field trip to other independent businesses, will be followed by a break-out conversation with attendees. This education will be uniquely tailored to capitalize on Decorah's inspiring downtown setting.
The second part of the day is dedicated to meeting a group of authors whose books will feature well in independent bookstores, and likely be available for events in the upcoming season. Authors will individually present their new books, and we will follow up the presentations with a book signing and free galleys. The reception includes time for authors and booksellers to mingle together at Dragonfly Books.
Pre-event fun March 24
For those booksellers arriving in Decorah on March 24, Dragonfly is hosting a Literary Open Mic Night at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co, a popular bar that regularly hosts poetry slams and other spoken word events. This free event will feature some of Decorah’s writing talent as well as give traveling booksellers and authors an excuse take to the mic.
April 7-8, 2019
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Estimated schedule of 9 am-5 pm each day
Due to popular demand, we're developing a new educational and networking event geared specifically for frontline booksellers. Staff, this one's all about you! Join us for "bookseller basic training" that covers many of the topics you need to become and exceptional bookstore employee.
While all of the education offered at this event will be applicable to booksellers who don't own or manage a store, owners and managers are enthusiastically encouraged to attend. You can enjoy some of the same programming; we will be hosting education from ABA; and depending on turnout, we may create a sideline of networking specifically for you during the frontline training.
Sample of possible education sessions