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Spring Road Trip Des Moines

Spring Road Trip Des Moines

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 8:45 AM (CDT) to Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 5:00 PM (CDT)

Des Moines, Iowa

Event Details

Des Moines Group Photo

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you St. Martin's Press for supplying tote bags for our attendees.

Thank you Pamela Dorman Books/Viking for sponsoring the East Village Bookseller Extravaganza.

Thank you Tor Publishing Group for sponsoring our closing reception at Dog Eared Books. 

Come along for the ride!

MIBA and our Central Iowa bookstores would like to invite you to Des Moines, Iowa and the surrounding area for our Spring Road Trip. We are proud of our bookstores’ dedication to working collaboratively, encouraging one another, offering unique experiences to customers, and supporting a robust indie bookselling community in this part of our region. Learning from other booksellers makes us all better, and we would love to learn together with you.

Our Spring Road Trip is a unique opportunity to strengthen our network of booksellers, industry staff, and authors in a close-knit setting that allows for relationships to form.

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Amy Alpine
Amy Alpine Authors and Events Committee Member Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Jena Best
Jena Best Owner Raccoon River Press
Nichole Bryant
Nichole Bryant Owner Bryant Books & Music
Linda Crookham-Hansen
Linda Crookham-Hansen Manager The Book Vault
Sara Crow
Sara Crow Owner Crow & Co. Books
Lisa Deyo
Lisa Deyo Owner Sweet Reads Books
Danielle Eby
Danielle Eby Owner Elleinad Books
BrocheAroe Fabian
BrocheAroe Fabian Marketing Manager Sourcebooks
Victoria Ford
Victoria Ford Owner Comma, a bookshop
Pam Gardow
Pam Gardow Authors and Events Committee Member Chippewa Valley Book Festival
Hunter Gillum
Hunter Gillum Beaverdale Books
Ellyn Grimm
Ellyn Grimm Co-Owner Dog·Eared Books
Grace Hagen
Grace Hagen Operations Manager The Novel Neighbor
Jenni Hill
Jenni Hill owner Avant Garden Bookstore
Riley Jay Davis
Riley Jay Davis Sales Manager Minnesota Historical Society Press
Rebecca Jefferson
Rebecca Jefferson Marketing and Rights Assistant University of Nebraska Press
Gillette Kempf
Gillette Kempf Owner Travelin' Storyseller
Carla Ketner
Carla Ketner Owner Chapters Books & Gifts
Judith Kissner
Judith Kissner Owner Scout & Morgan Books
Dawn Kitchell
Dawn Kitchell Owner Neighborhood Reads
Kelly Klein
Kelly Klein Owner Reads by the River
Carrie Koepke
Carrie Koepke Manager Skylark Bookshop
Scott Kriegshauser
Scott Kriegshauser Stonecrest Book & Toy
Sherry Kriegshauser
Sherry Kriegshauser Owner Stonecrest Book & Toy
Terri LeBlanc
Terri LeBlanc Co-Owner, Event Coordinator, Marketing Swamp Fox Bookstore
Tom Leigh
Tom Leigh Field Sales Rep Macmillan Publishers
Amanda Lepper
Amanda Lepper Owner Dog·Eared Books
Kathy Magruder
Kathy Magruder Owner Pageturners Bookstore
Melissa McAllister
Melissa McAllister Owner Dungeon's Gate
Megan Mejstrik
Megan Mejstrik Bookseller Francie & Finch Bookshop
Alice Meyer
Alice Meyer Owner Beaverdale Books
Aimee Moore
Aimee Moore Assistant Manager The Curiosity Shop
Shane Mullen
Shane Mullen Event Coordinator Left Bank Books
Linzi Murray
Linzi Murray Owner Reading in Public Bookstore + Cafe
Carrie Obry
Carrie Obry Executive Director MIBA
Mary OMalley
Mary OMalley Bookseller Skylark Bookshop
Caitlin O'Neil
Caitlin O'Neil Co-owner Tropes & Trifles
Abigail Paxton
Abigail Paxton Owner Storyhouse Bookpub
David Pedersen
David Pedersen Owner Maze Books
Tina Perne
Tina Perne Owner/Operator KD's Books
Melissa Peterson
Melissa Peterson Production Manager MIBA
Noelle Quinn
Noelle Quinn Frontline bookseller Travelin' Storyseller
Kate Rattenborg Scott
Kate Rattenborg Scott Owner Dragonfly Books
Kristen Sandstrom
Kristen Sandstrom Manager Apostle Islands Booksellers
Holly Schellbach
Holly Schellbach marketing, event support, occasional bookseller Scout & Morgan Books
Angela Schwesnedl
Angela Schwesnedl Owner Moon Palace Books
Kate Scott
Kate Scott Operations Manager MIBA
Rosalyn Silvester
Rosalyn Silvester Owner Printed
Tricia Staff
Tricia Staff Owner The Curiosity Shop
CoriAnn Theroux
CoriAnn Theroux Owner The Green Dragon Bookshop
Rachel Trainum
Rachel Trainum Marketing Manager Dog·Eared Books
David Underwood
David Underwood Regional Field Sales Director Penguin Random House
Ashley Valentine
Ashley Valentine Owner Rooted MKE
Betsy Von Kerens
Betsy Von Kerens Front End Manager The Bookworm, Omaha
Ted Wheeler
Ted Wheeler Co-Owner Dundee Book Company
Ann Woodbeck
Ann Woodbeck Owner Excelsior Bay Books
30 Other Registered Attendees


May 2
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Greater Des Moines Bookstore Bus Tour - Meet at 8:45 am Hop on our free chartered bus to enjoy a tour of Des Moines area bookstores. Meet at the front doors of the AC Hotel at 8:45 am • Depart at 9 am • 9:30-10:00 am: Pageturners Bookstore • 10:30-11:00 am: Reading in Public • 11:15-11:45 am: Beaverdale Books • 11:45 am-12:45 pm: Lunch on your own near Beaverdale • 1:15-1:45 pm: Dungeon’s Gate • The bus returns to the AC Hotel about 2:05 pm and departs for the Botanical Garden at 2:30 pm
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Registration and Garden Stroll Welcome to the Des Moines Botanical Garden. Pick up your badge at the registration desk, meet a friend, and enjoy a walk around the Des Moines Botanical Garden, with beautiful gardens inside and out, an indoor/outdoor cafe, and gift shop.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Kick-Off and Keynote Author Showcase in the Dupont meeting room Welcome attendees! Enjoy a keynote author conversation with TJ Klune, J. Ryan Stradal, and Gabi Burton, hosted by local author Denise Williams.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Rapid Round of Author Intros Ten authors participating in the Book Signing Celebration have 2 minutes each to address the crowd and share a hook that will lure booksellers to their signing table.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Book Signing Celebration All participating authors join together for a celebratory book signing reception. Light snacks and beverages provided.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner Break Meet up with friends old and new.
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM East Village Bookseller Party sponsored by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking Head to the Raygun storefront for a uniquely Midwestern party featuring... * A Drink in the Cerulean Sea in Storyhouse Bookpub * Pies ‘n Pieces of the Great Midwest' in Daisy Chain Coffee featuring handpies by Pie Bird Pies and bookish games by Dungeon’s Gate * 7:30-8:30 ONLY: Get our custom Midwest Indie Bookseller T-shirt printed on demand at Raygun * 8:30 pm: Bookseller/author trivia on Raygun's mezzanine
May 3
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Programming at the Garden Day 2: Education and Discovery Day 2 of our event is in the smaller meeting space called Swartz/Walsh and begins with a collection of regional updates.
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Ideas that Work An activity of crowdsourcing at its finest, everyone is invited to stand and share ideas, activities, practices, and strategies you recently employed that have improved your bookstore operations and your life as a bookseller. Bring your ideas and join in.
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Table Conversations Two opportunities will be presented to join a table breakout conversation of your choice.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Industry Lunch Build relationships and hear about new titles with our book industry partners and Midwest sales reps.
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Follow, Like, and Subscribe: Making Social Media Work for Your Indie Bookstore Social media is the single most powerful marketing tool we have. In this session, Dog-Eared Books will discuss how they’ve effectively used social media and offer suggestions and tools for bookstores to use no matter where they are on their social media journey. Moderated by Sarah High from Bookshop.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Indie Booksellers Respond to Book Banning Melissa McAllister (Dungeon's Gate Bookstore) and Abigail Paxton (Storyhouse Bookpub) showcase their store's support for and celebration of banned books along with Des Moines community partner Andrea McIlwee from Annie's Foundation. Sarah High ( shares how booksellers can use Bookshop's registries to combat book bans. Moderated by BrocheAroe Fabian.
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM Shuttle Departs for Dog Eared Books
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Closing Reception at Dog Eared Books sponsored by Tor Publishing Group Group photo at 4 pm! Wear your Midwest Indie Bookseller T-shirt if you can. The shuttle returns to the AC Hotel at 5 pm.

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Melissa Peterson
Melissa Peterson
Production Manager