Spring Road Trip

Unique industry gatherings held in our booksellers' own communities

Come along for the ride!

MIBA's Spring Road Trip is all about getting out into our bookstore's communities to learn from each other in inspiring settings.

Des Moines 2023

We're excited to be making plans to head to Des Moines, Iowa and the surrounding area for our spring event from May 2-3 in 2023.

From our host stores:

"MIBA's central Iowa bookstores would like to invite you to Des Moines, Iowa and the surrounding area for its Spring Meeting in 2023. We are proud of our area’s bookstores’ dedication to working collaboratively, encouraging one another, offering unique experiences to our customers, and supporting a robust indie bookselling industry in our area of the state. We know that learning from other booksellers makes us all better, and we would love to learn with and from you!"

We hope you are able to join us. In 2022, we hosted 75 booksellers and book industry partners in Bayfield, WI, and it was an extraordinary experience. 

Our Spring Road Trip is a unique opportunity to strengthen our network of bookseller and industry members in a close-knit setting that allows for relationships to form. This custom experience in Des Moines, Iowa is designed to rejuvenate our bookselling community by bringing our members together to get reacquainted and have fun while also having in-depth conversations about the new realities of bookselling operations.

2023 Spring Bookstores

Feedback from 2022 in Bayfield, Wisconsin
"The location was sublime. The sessions were very well thought out and informative. COVID protocols were great."
"I enjoyed connecting with other bookshop owners, learning about the engagement between publishers, authors, and booksellers, meeting the MIBA team, and hearing about organizations like Bookshop.org."
"As a person who is new to books, I loved having the opportunity to speak with experienced booksellers."

See our 2022 spring event


We would love to hear from you as well about collaborating with us on Spring Road Trips. These meetings bring 50-60 independent booksellers who are eager to connect and learn from one another--and we want publishers to be a part of this authentic experience. Would you sponsor a meeting? Send us your author(s) and educational ideas. Please let us know if you're intrigued and we'll flush out a collaboration together. OFFICIAL PITCH PROCESS COMING SOON!