SIBA in the Springtime 

SIBA in the Springtime!

Writing the future of the SIBA Discovery Show

Open to everyone with a vested interest in the show:
booksellers, exhibitors, publishers
$99, Free for core member bookstores

March 6-7, 2017
The Crowne Plaza - Airport in Atlanta

Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax.
Contact for reservations


Gina Kowalta  Patti Callahan Henry Michael Knight Joshilyn Jackson Taylor Brown

The Schedule


March 6
4:30 – Gather in Crowne Plaza Hotel Lobby
4:45 – Bus leaves hotel for Peachtree Publishers 40th Anniversary Party
5:30-6:30 – Peachtree Happy Hour

Sponsored by Atlanta's own Peachtree Publishers, celebrating 40 years of fine publishing.

Peachtree Publishers 

7:30-9:00 – Okra Dinner                   Bogart/Hepburn
Gina Kolata, Mercies in Disguise, St. Martin’s Press
Joshilyn Jackson, Almost Sisters, Morrow Avon
Micheal Knight, Eveningland, Atlantic Monthly Press
Patti Callahan Henry,The Bookshop at Water's End, Berkley Trade Paperback Original
Taylor Brown, The River of Kings, St. Martin’s Press

Dinner with three current Okra Pick authors, plus Atlanta-based favorites Joshilyn Jackson and Patti Callahan Henry!

9:30-11:00 – Indies Forward Meet Up                   Hotel Bar

March 7
9:30-4:00 Writing the Future of SIBA’s Discovery Show!           Bogart/Hepburn

If you could change something about the SIBA Discovery Show, what would it be? Join your fellow booksellers and book industry professionals for a day of brainstorming about the future direction of the Show. Three seperate sessions throughout the day means three chances to air your ideas in three different areas. Imagination in encouraged. Bring all your dreams -- big and small.

American Booksellers Association9:30-10:00 – Breakfast
10:00-10:50 – Discovery Show Table Topics 1*
11:00-11:50 –  Discovery Show Table Topics 2*
12:00- 12:50 –  Discovery Show Table Topics 3*
1:00-4:00 – ABA Forum Lunch & Education:  Bookstores  - An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery

In the current environment, customers are increasingly coming to bookstores for connection and communication, as well as for sources of a diverse range of voices and viewpoints. 
At the upcoming ABA Spring Forum in Atlanta, GA, in response to member bookstore feedback and requests, ABA will be hosting a conversation led by ABA Board Member Jamie Fiocco where booksellers will share ideas and brainstorm about how bookstores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore. 
This will not be a traditional education session. It is designed to be an interactive discussion, where booksellers will be able to participate in open communication and problem solving -- in both large and small groups -- to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities. 


Location & Time of year
Author events
Consumer segment
Fresh ideas


Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport
1325 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30344

Room Rate: $119 + 7% state sales tax. 
Contact for reservations

Check in is at 3pm / Check out is at Noon.
Self-parking rate reduced to $8 per day, valet is $15 per day.
Airport Shuttle is available
Free Guest WiFi