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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 4/5/24 at 12:00 AM (CST)

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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)

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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. Columbia is located in the Heart of Missouri, affectionately nestled in the middle of the US. 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. 

Lodging: 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 22

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. MIBA will be posting a secondary hotel in the weeks to come. 

Yellow Dog Bookshop Skylark Bookshop

Black Tea Bookshop 
Pop-up with storefront to come

Unbound Book Festival 
One location is the Missouri Theatre

Elizabeth Aspbury
Elizabeth Aspbury Owner Bobzbay Books
Daniela Bone
Daniela Bone Development Marketing Director Andrews McMeel Publishing
Nichole Bryant
Nichole Bryant Owner Bryant Books & Music
Ashley Dawson
Ashley Dawson Owner The Story Collective
BrocheAroe Fabian
BrocheAroe Fabian Marketing Manager Sourcebooks
Victoria Ford
Victoria Ford Owner Comma, a bookshop
Alex George
Alex George Owner Skylark Bookshop
Tory Hall
Tory Hall chief chaos officer Sower Books
Jenni Hill
Jenni Hill owner Avant Garden Bookstore
Gillette Kempf
Gillette Kempf Owner Chapter2books
Dawn Kitchell
Dawn Kitchell Owner Neighborhood Reads
Aimee Kline
Aimee Kline Assistant Manager The Curiosity Shop
Carrie Koepke
Carrie Koepke Manager Skylark Bookshop
Sherry Kriegshauser
Sherry Kriegshauser Owner Stonecrest Book & Toy
Terri LeBlanc
Terri LeBlanc Co-Owner, Event Coordinator, Marketing Swamp Fox Bookstore
LuAnn Locke
LuAnn Locke Owner/Bookseller Afterwords Books
Melissa McAllister
Melissa McAllister Owner Dungeon's Gate
Jennifer Mowdy
Jennifer Mowdy Bookstore Owner The Literary Cat Co.
Mary OMalley
Mary OMalley Bookseller Skylark Bookshop
Kate Rattenborg Scott
Kate Rattenborg Scott Owner Dragonfly Books
Kristen Sandstrom
Kristen Sandstrom Manager Apostle Islands Booksellers
Rosalyn Silvester
Rosalyn Silvester Owner Printed
Tricia Staff
Tricia Staff Owner The Curiosity Shop
CoriAnn Theroux
CoriAnn Theroux Owner The Green Dragon Bookshop
11 Other Registered Attendees


April 17
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Registration
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 (location to come)
April 18
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Optional bookstore experience, details to come
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Day 2 opening remarks
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
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Session 2
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Unbound Book Festival programming begins

MIBA + Unbound Collab

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

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.