New this year! The Heartland Booksellers Award is a reflection of the powerful influence of independent booksellers throughout the Midwest.
This award was formed when the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) joined forces with the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers (GLIBA) to produce one unified awards program uplifting books with a Midwest angle that independent booksellers loved to sell this previous year.
Celebrating our book awards as one industry force amplifies the impact of the award for booksellers, publishers, authors, and consumers--as 12 states and more than 300 bookstores throughout the Greater Midwest celebrate these titles. "It's really exciting to watch it all come together," says Carrie Obry, MIBA's executive director. "First, booksellers nominate titles. Next, they vote for their favorites. Finally, we invite all the winners to a big party and celebrate the work of these authors and booksellers. Of course, this year will be different, as we celebrate virtually, but it will still be a fun and rewarding evening. The awards ceremony will be on October 15."
Our award-winning titles often remain on our bestseller lists for weeks, months, and even years to come and reflect the powerful influence of the voice of independent booksellers.
Everywhere You Don't Belong, Gabriel Bump, Algonquin Books, 2/4/2020, 9781616208790
This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger, Atria Books, 5/26/2020, 9781476749303
The Lager Queen of Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal, Penguin Books, 6/23/2020, 9780399563065
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, Michael Zapata, Hanover Square Press, 2/4/2020, 9781335010124
Rust Belt Femme, Raechel Anne Jolie, Belt Publishing, 3/10/2020, 9781948742634
In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, 11/5/2019, 9781644450031
American Harvest, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Graywolf Press, 4/7/2020, 9781644450178
Burn the Place, Iliana Regan, Scribner, 8/4/2020, 9781982157777
El Dorado Freddy's, Danny Caine, Belt Publishing, 3/3/2020, 9781948742627
HULL, Xandria Phillips, Nightboat Books, 10/8/2019, 9781643620084
Homie, Danez Smith, Graywolf Press, 1/21/2020, 9781644450109
Dear Delinquent, Ann Townsend, Sarabande Books, 5/7/2019, 9781946448347
Young Adult / Middle Grade
Beverly, Right Here, Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 9/24/2019, 9780763694647
Wink, Rob Harrell, Dial Books, 3/31/2020, 9781984815149
SLAY, Brittney Morris, Simon Pulse, 9/1/2020, 9781534445437
The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys, Philomel Books, 10/1/2019, 9780399160318
Children's Picture Book
Hello, Neighbor!, Matthew Cordell, Neal Porter Books, 4/6/2020, 9780823446186
Wild Honey from the Moon, Kenneth Kraegel, Candlewick, 11/5/2019, 9780763681692
My Footprints, Bao Phi, Capstone Editions, 9/1/2019, 9781684460007
A Map into the World, Kao Kalia Yang, Carolrhoda Books, 10/1/2019, 9781541538368
MIBA is seeking two BIPOC booksellers (owners, managers, or frontline) to join our board of directors.
Historically, MIBA has been governed by a 7-member board of directors. In the 2020 nomination season, we are expanding to a 9-person board of directors to add diverse perspectives and improve our representation. All of our existing board members are in the middle of their terms and will continue to serve.
Please submit the names of BIPOC booksellers you strongly believe would serve as excellent board members. We also encourage you to nominate yourself.
Read an overview of MIBA's board of directors nomination process.
The timeline is as follows:
Important details to note:
If you have questions about this process, please email either our executive director, Carrie Obry, at email@example.com, or our board president, Kate Rattenborg, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for two special Meet the Editor events with Simon & Schuster. Registration is not required. The link to the adult event and children's event are below. See you then!
Adult Fall 2020 Presentation
Wednesday, June 10 from 3PM - 4 PM CST / 4PM - 5PM EST
GLIBA & MIBA Adult -- Wednesday June 10 from 4-5 (3-4 CT)
Children's Fall 2020 Presentation
Wednesday, June 17 from 3PM - 4 PM CT / 4PM - 5PM ET
Located in the Great Lakes and Midwest we don't have frequent access to publishing editors. The current state of our industry has offered us this amazing opportunity. A portion of each presentation will be dedicated topics including antiracism, helping kids talk about racism, resistance, amplifying Black voices and stories, celebrating difference, inclusion and immigration.
Caitlyn Dlouhy, VP and Editorial Director, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Sarah Jane Abbott, Associate Editor, Paula Wiseman Books
Allyn Johnston, VP and Publisher, Beach Lane Books
Jennifer Ung, Senior Editor at Simon Pulse
Kendra Levin, Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Karen Wojtyla, VP and Editorial Director, Margaret K. McElderry Books
Alyson Heller, Senior Editor, Aladdin
Siobhan Ciminera, Editorial Director, Simon Spotlight
Jeffrey Salane, Editorial Director, Little Simon
Join the Tin House staff (and special surprise guests) as they serve up an intoxicating array of top-shelf, new and forthcoming titles - all shaken and stirred for indie bookstores to enjoy and share.
Monday, June 15 from 7PM - 8PM CT / 8PM - 9PM ET
Like everyone in the publishing industry, we've been having ongoing conversations about how to support the bookselling industry during the time of coronavirus. We've been thrown a huge plot twist and we're all writing the next chapters together.
For everyone's safety, we've decided to postpone this year's Heartland Fall Forum until 2021. We're sticking with the same venue, so we'll be able to convene again October 20, 21, and 22, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
Our annual celebration is always a major highlight of our year and we are eager to see you all again under the banner of Midwest bookselling, where we can raise a glass, meet loads of authors, and learn from each other in person. Until then!
In the meantime, we're eager to bring the book industry more opportunities to connect, learn new ways of doing business, and discover books and authors. When we laid out everything Heartland offers, however, it became impossible to try to fit it all into one short span of time, so we're moving forward with a creative mix of extended programming.
Welcome to Heartland Summer!
During the months of June, July, August, and September, we will offer an ongoing array of events - rep picks, education, and authors events - all virtual and easy to attend and enjoy. It will be sustained by an exhibits page on our website that allows publishers and industry members to bring you the show specials, creative assets, and the necessary forms of connection we usually provide.
In October, we will host a bigger virtual celebration, including a Heartland Booksellers Award celebration, the Heartland Book Club.
The goal is to deliver key pre-pub opportunities that allow us to do business together at a time when we really need it, while also opening up the fall schedule to host a bigger celebration of bookselling in the Midwest.
Thank you for your support and we'll be in touch within the next few weeks as we create the infrastructure to make our plans a reality.
We wholeheartedly support BookStock, a 100 percent grassroots celebration of musicians and independent bookstores dreamed to life by one of our member booksellers, Eddy Nix of Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, WI. BookStock is a fundraiser hoping to bring a much-needed cash bump to bookstores and musicians whose stores have been closed and shows cancelled due to the pandemic.
BookStock is run by a volunteer network of generous folks in Driftless Book's network. MIBA is supporting the cause by collecting and distributing the funds to participating bookstores and musicians.
Give to BookStock via the following link.
What is BookStock?
This weekend, May 15-17, musicians and independent bookstores will join forces to celebrate music and books. The nationwide celebration, with Midwest roots, will bring joyful content to viewers across the country while raising funds for indie bookstores and musicians, whose stores have been closed and shows cancelled due to the pandemic.
How can bookstores and musicians participate?
See BookStock's letter below, along with the steps you need to take to participate. Via networking on social media, pairings of musicians and bookstores have happened organically online. Eddy suggests bookstores do the same--reach out to a local musician partner you know well to request their participation. If all are comfortable, record the performance in a bookstore. If you'd rather distance, the musician(s) can record at home and still be paired with a bookstore. Eddy suggests "keep it simple and folky, too much sound does not translate well across the interwebs, unless someone knows a lot about sound."
What's the schedule?
This is a 100-percent grassroots effort coming together quickly and changing daily. Stay tuned for a big mid-week update that includes this weekend’s schedule.
How can I tune in?
BookStock will be streaming live the following ways.
Can authors support the effort?
BookStock is requesting pro bono 2- to 5-minute author videos to add to the streaming content. Focus on fun bookstore stories and anecdotes, musicans you love that you’d like folks to discover, etc. Make your video casual and DIY and show your personality. To submit, visit their website and head to the author page.
BookStocks' letter to booksellers and musicians
To our dear book and music friends:
Announcing a new coalition of bookshops, authors and musicians - a cooperative effort to raise and distribute funds (to you!) while celebrating the magic of music and the printed word. We invite you to join us for BookStock 2020 by submitting a short video. The more participation the better.
Eddy Nix (Driftless Books and Music/Viroqua, WI) and David Huckfelt (singer-songwriter of The Pines) felt helpless watching their beloved community of musicians and bookshops shutter their doors and go silent. From a seed idea, momentum and community rallied, now 100+ participants will gather from coast to coast in a two-day event streamed live to benefit bookstores, musicians, and the people who rely upon both for comfort, inspiration, and joy.
We are working to build something that will give you something in return for the important role you play in your towns and communities. It’s got the makings of something really big, and truly meaningful.
To participate: Fill out the intake form at www.books.coop
To ask questions: Email email@example.com
After completing the intake form, you’ll be contacted shortly to confirm participation. A media toolkit/timeline including Press Release, digital banner/logo etc. will be provided.
Step 1: Sign up
Step 2: Make a video
Step 3: Send it in
Step 4: Share your video, share the event!
P.S. tag it ! #bookstockchallenge #bookstock2020
Wednesdays at 5 pm Central
Stay-at-home safety measures are affecting every bookstore differently depending on their size, staff, location, and community. This weekly Zoom series features a bookseller talking about the new business models they've implemented, highlighting ideas that worked and those that didn't. We'll share stories of success and struggle from bookstores of all kinds, hoping to capture a supportive spirit of camaraderie as we all figure this out together. This happy hour is intended to be interactive, so come with your ideas and questions.
April 15 / Register via Zoom; this is required to receive the meeting URL
Danny Caine, owner of The Raven Book Store in Lawrence, KS, a mid-sized college town with a strong downtown shopping district, has "tried everything" during the virus crisis and has managed to keep his sales steady. Hear about his creative forms of bookselling, from being a book benefactor to installing a delivery sign on his car.
April 22 / Register via Zoom
Kristen Sandstrom, manager of Apostle Islands Booksellers in Bayfield, WI, runs a bookstore in a small town whose sales are driven by tourists and warm-weather foot traffic. Hear about running a bookstore with a microstaff whose customers are spread across many miles, cities, and states.
April 29 / Register via Zoom
Holland Saltsman and Melissa Posten from The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis, MO talk about the success they’ve had selling books during the pandemic via digital promotions such as text, FaceTime, Facebook Live, and email—bringing the in-store indie experience successfully into the online realm--and how they have they managed to sell “an absolute Kilimanjaro size mountain of puzzles."
May 6 / Register via Zoom
Join featured guests Kalan Bavinck (The Book Store, Appleton, WI) and Dana Westedt (Main Street Books, Reedsburg, WI) as we talk about how used bookstores and stores with a used/new mix of titles have adapted to pandemic safety measures, as used merchandise is often built on in-store discovery. Topics include how to safely take in used books again, what’s safest for staff vs. customer expectations, pivoting to more curb side and mail order, appointment shopping, and what the future of in-store shopping at used book stores with social distancing in place will be like.
Now more than ever, you need books, and bookstores need your business. Booksellers are working overtime to offer new ways to keep you reading while taking coronavirus safety measures.
Be a hero and place your orders with indie bookstores. Now and forever, especially since that Amazon guy is "deprioritizing" books. Now's the time.
Need recommendations? Check out our Midwest Indie Bestseller List to see what's hot right now.
crisis = opportunity / quarantine = reading 📚💕📚
This wonderful art was donated by Kevin Cannon to help the cause!
Help us thank @beardhero for his generosity!
Congratulations to The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn and Mystery to Me for their gnome-tastic holiday catalog displays. With such creative and beautiful displays, we decided to award two contest winners, and both will receive free customization for the 2020 holiday catalog. Thank you to all the stores who participated in the display contest.
Mystery to Me (Madison, WI)
The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn (Glen Ellyn, IL)
The American Bookseller Association's Winter Institute held in Baltimore last month was an extraordinary experience, with many important take-aways for independent booksellers. We'd like to highlight a few items important for all our members to know about and take advantage of.
Read the full story.