Spring Programming

Stay tuned. Programming and dates for spring 2022 will be announced before the end of the year.



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May 5

May 5, 9:00-10:00 am CDT 
An Empowering Conversation about Native American Literature for Youth

Join us for a conversation with Angelina Boulley, author of Firekeeper's Daughter, an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Anthony Ceballos, bookseller at Birchbark Books & Native Arts, will lead a conversation. We’ll have time for Q&A with Boulley and Ceballos, and after that, booksellers will be assigned to break-out rooms for small-format discussion with each other.​

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May 5, 1:00-2:00 CDT  
​Fresh Ways to Share Books on Social Media: Part 1

Kathy Ellen Davis is a social media coordinator for NAIBA and also a bookstore social media consultant. Kathy Ellen will share strategies for getting a handle on all the possibilities social media offers bookstores and how to build an efficient and dedicated approach to sharing content socially. ​

Part 1: Creating a Content Plan: In the first half of the session, we’ll get grounded in your unique values and mission and talk about what each social media platform can do for you. We'll touch on create, capture, and curate, and talk about the type of content you are already sharing and how to use it to build a social media plan, including store-driven themes events, sales, holidays, new displays, etc. From there, we’ll build a plan that can be extended to weekly and monthly formats. We won’t cover specific scheduling platforms but will poll our attendees to learn what works for them.

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May 5, 5:00-6:00 pm CDT 
Happy Hour with Authors

What would it be like to have a lively conversation in a bar or coffee shop with these authors? At this event, we will find out. Literary emcee Jeff Kamin of Books & Bars fame will host us all in a conversation with these much-loved authors with coveted forthcoming books. 

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May 6

May 6, 9:00-10:00 am CDT
Morning coffee with authors

Fill up your carafe and join us for an introduction to a host of authors with forthcoming books sure to be a hit in independent bookstores. Literary emcee Jeff Kamin of Books & Bars fame will host us once again as we enjoy a lively round of being introduced to a great set of new titles.

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May 6, 1:00-2:00 CDT
Fresh Ways to Share Books on Social Media: Part 2

Part 2: Creating the Content: With your refreshed content plan for social media, in this second session, we’ll talk about how to fill it. There are a multitude of ways to share books and new ideas are popping up every day. We’ll look at a host of unique examples from MIBA stores and explore how to create graphics and videos, how to share Instagram stories, and more.

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May 6, 5:00-6:00 pm CDT
Closing Keynote: Women of Genre

For our closing keynote, we'll enjoy a conversation with sci-fi- fantasy, and thriller authors for young adults and adults alike. ​Hosted by Tavia Kowalchuk, senior director of marketing at William Morrow, and co-host of the Book Club Girl podcast

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