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Spring Road Trip Columbia

Spring Road Trip Columbia

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 9:00 AM (CDT) to Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 10:00 PM (CDT)

Columbia, Missouri

* Registration open until 4/16/24 at 5:00 PM (CST)

Event Details

MIBA Spring Road Trip April 17-18
A gathering of indie booksellers, industry partners, and authors

Our Spring Road Trip is a partnership with 
Unbound Book Festival (see details below)


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Skylark Bookshop, Yellow Dog Bookshop, & Black Tea Bookshop would like to invite the booksellers and friends of MIBA to Columbia, MO for the 2024 Spring Road Trip. The area where the bookstores are located is called "The District," an eclectic collection of people and businesses in downtown Columbia bound by three college campuses and encompassing 50 square blocks. The District is known for being rich with indie businesses, incorporating art installations, and maintaining important historical buildings, making it a vibrant and rich cultural hub.

Our Spring Road Trip is a unique opportunity to strengthen our network of booksellers, industry staff, and authors in a close-knit setting while enjoying the richness a setting like Columbia has to provide. Attendees will experience close-knit networking and idea sharing, education, inspiration, and peer-to-peer support about owning and operating a bookstore.
Who should attend? 
  • Booksellers from all areas of the store and of all knowledge levels - Owners, managers, and frontline; new and veteran. There will be something for everyone. 
  • Industry partners - We will collaborate closely with our industry partners to co-create education, title discovery opportunities, and opportunities to meet authors. A full slate of sponsorship and author placement opportunities will be posted before the end of the year, but please don't hesitate to be in touch with ideas.

Meeting location: We're meeting at Tiger Hotel, our indie bookstores, and various locations in the community, all within walking distance. 

Author appearances

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The Tiger Hotel offers a variety of rooms ranging from $156-$244 USD per night. The hotel is a 1 minute walk from Skylark Bookshop and Yellow Dog Bookshop. Room block dates are April 16 through April 19. Last day to book: Friday, March 29

Book your room

*If you are interested in staying for Unbound Book Festival, Tiger Hotel currently has rooms available for Friday April 19 and Saturday April 20. However, Friday/Saturday room rates are not available at the discounted room block rate. If the weekend hotel rate does not fit within your budget and you want to stay for Unbound, we recommend finding alternative lodging for the weekend. 

Overflow hotel: The Broadway Columbia, a DoubleTree by Hilton by clicking here (This booking link is for April 17 to April 19, 2024. The hotel is completely sold out for April 19 and April 20, 2024. In the event anyone wanted to stay over for the weekend, they would need to move hotels.)

Elizabeth Aspbury
Elizabeth Aspbury Owner Bobzbay Books
Lisa Ball
Lisa Ball Manager/Bookseller Rainy Day Books
Shelby Baseler
Shelby Baseler Retail Manager The Novel Neighbor
Bethany Bayne
Bethany Bayne Operations Manager Watermark Books & Cafe
Daniela Bone
Daniela Bone Development Marketing Director Andrews McMeel Publishing
Nichole Bryant
Nichole Bryant Owner Bryant Books & Music
Brian Cheli
Brian Cheli Sole Proprietor Used Book Seller Read A Book STL
Joe Chevalier
Joe Chevalier Owner Yellow Dog Bookshop
Linda Crookham-Hansen
Linda Crookham-Hansen Manager The Book Vault
James Crossley
James Crossley Leviathan Books
Ashley Dawson
Ashley Dawson Owner The Story Collective
Daniel Dziubinski
Daniel Dziubinski Goblin Market
Robert Eckman
Robert Eckman Belleville Books
BrocheAroe Fabian
BrocheAroe Fabian Marketing Manager Sourcebooks
Bethany Fast
Bethany Fast Co-Owner/Operator The Little Book
Victoria Ford
Victoria Ford Owner Comma, a bookshop
Alex George
Alex George Owner Skylark Bookshop
Grace Hagen
Grace Hagen Director of Operations and Inclusion n/a
Tory Hall
Tory Hall chief chaos officer Sower Books
Ryvre Hardrick
Ryvre Hardrick Owner Goblin Market
Anne Hellman
Anne Hellman Field Sales Rep Macmillan Publishers
Danielle Helzer
Danielle Helzer Owner Rooted Books and Gifts
Jenni Hill
Jenni Hill owner Avant Garden Bookstore
Candace Hulsizer
Candace Hulsizer Owner/Founder Black Tea Bookshop
Nikita Imafidon
Nikita Imafidon Raven Book Store
Riley Jay Davis
Riley Jay Davis Sales Manager Minnesota Historical Society Press
Lanora Jennings
Lanora Jennings Midwest Sales Representative University Press Sales Associates
Dawn Kitchell
Dawn Kitchell Owner Neighborhood Reads
Carrie Koepke
Carrie Koepke Manager Skylark Bookshop
Sherry Kriegshauser
Sherry Kriegshauser Owner Stonecrest Book & Toy
Ronnie Kutys
Ronnie Kutys Associate Director, Retail Marketing HarperCollins Publishers
Terri LeBlanc
Terri LeBlanc Co-Owner, Event Coordinator, Marketing Swamp Fox Bookstore
Melissa McAllister
Melissa McAllister Owner Dungeon's Gate
Jenna Mockler-Gjerde
Jenna Mockler-Gjerde Manager Dragonfly Books
Jennifer Mowdy
Jennifer Mowdy Bookstore Owner The Literary Cat Co.
Shane Mullen
Shane Mullen Event Coordinator Left Bank Books
Carrie Obry
Carrie Obry Executive Director Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
Mary OMalley
Mary OMalley Bookseller Skylark Bookshop
Tina Perne
Tina Perne Owner/Operator KD's Books LLC
Emma Peterson
Emma Peterson Owner Untitled Booksore
Kristen Sandstrom
Kristen Sandstrom Manager Apostle Islands Booksellers
Emily Schroen
Emily Schroen Co-Owner, Buyer, Event Coordinator, Shelf Duster Main Street Books MO
CoriAnn Theroux
CoriAnn Theroux Owner The Green Dragon Bookshop
Christy Todd
Christy Todd Owner/Bookseller River Reader 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
Joshua Williams - 1
Joshua Williams - 1 CEO By the Hearth Bookshop
25 Other Registered Attendees


April 17
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Registration Food and drink offered today: Beverage station (coffee, tea, iced tea, soft drinks and water) and packaged snacks throughout. During the Book Signing Reception, champagne/NA drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be passed. 
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Event kick-off and keynote author showcase
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Rapid round of author reception introductions
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Book signing celebration
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Visit Skylark Bookshop, Yellow Dog Bookshop, and Black Tea Bookshop for a custom educational experience at each store.
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Opening night party at the Columbia Art League Join us at the Columbia Art League (CAL) for an opening celebration! Co-owner of Yellow Dog Bookshop, Kelsey Hammond, is also Executive Director of this fabulous treasure, whose mission is to provide the community with a stimulating environment for experiencing the visual arts. Enjoy the art, the space, some dessert and wine, AND place your guesses and votes on the Shelf-Talker Haiku Wall.
April 18
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Day 2 Opening Remarks Food and drink offered today: Beverage station (coffee, tea, iced tea, soft drinks and water); fruit and pastries in the morning; boxed lunch in the afternoon. 
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Ideas that Work generative education session
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Breakout table conversations
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Industry partner lunch
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Session 1: Working with Schools Bookstores and school libraries share and promote many of the same values in the midst of a challenging political environment--literacy, access to reliable information, the joy of reading, and more. This session will focus on creating and maintaining relationships between your shop and your community's schools. Hosted by Skylark Bookshop bookseller Beth Hemke Shapiro (Skylark Bookshop), Candace Hulzier (Black Tea Bookshop), and local Columbia educators
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Session 2: The Life of an Event Tour the full life of an event from brainstorm to follow-up. A broad overview packed with information designed to prepare you for future in-depth education and the best use of provided and available resources. Hosted by Carrie Koepke (Skylark Bookshop) and Ronnie Kutys (HarperCollins).
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Unbound Book Festival Lit Crawl
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MIBA + Unbound Collab

MIBA Spring Road Trip: April 17-18
Unbound Book Festival: April 18-21

Unbound attendees: Book your free ticket to see Emily St. John Mandel

The Spring Road Trip is planned to coincide with Unbound Book Festival on April 18-21. Alex George, the owner of Skylark Bookshop, is also the director of Unbound Book Festival, which allows us to offer a unique pairing of trade and consumer-facing opportunities. 

What does this mean?

  • Our event will feature a synergy of learning opportunities provided by both MIBA and Unbound. After the Road Trip concludes, attendees will get to enjoy the world-class literary programming Unbound is famous for.
  • Industry partners will have a rare opportunity to pitch authors for back-to-back trade AND consumer-facing promotional opportunities and personally attend/enjoy both aspects of this dual event.