Program subject to change.   

9:00

 

Welcome - Robbie Egan and Tim White

 

9:10

 

Keynote: Meryl Halls - Managing Director of the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland
Meryl Halls, new to the MD role but not to the organisation, will talk to the current revitalisation of the UK bookselling industry and building a progressive future with a focus on diversity and inclusion; green initiatives, benchmarking and professional development.

 

9:55

 

Nielsen report
Julie Winters will present a snapshot of overseas and local consumer trends and how this data can translate to your shop floor category mix.

 

10:40

 

Morning tea
Guest author Anna Krien (Black Inc)

 

11:00

 

Keynote: James Kellow - Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins ANZ

James Kellow wears many hats, CEO of HarperCollins ANZ, APA board member and ILF board member. Speaking frankly about the current state of the trade James will kick-start a dialogue on the steps we need to take towards the goal of a ‘perfect industry’.

 

11:30

 

Indigenous Literacy Foundation presentation

 

11:45

 

Trade exhibition and lunch commences

 

15:00

 

Trade exhibition concludes

 

15:10

 

Author Panel - Having the courage to change the world
Featuring HarperCollins authors Diane Armstrong, Andrew Ramsey and Grantlee Kieza 

 

15:50

 

Afternoon tea

 

16:10

 

Member Forum

 

17:00

 

AGM

 

17:15

 

Close of day's session

 

18:30

 

Pre-dinner drinks
Tyson Yunkaporta (Text Publishing)

 

19:30

 

Gala Dinner and Awards Night:
Special Guest Archie Roach (Simon & Schuster) and surprise guest
MC Benjamin Law

 
   

Award presentations:
Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award
ABA Baker & Taylor Elizabeth Riley Fellowship, Children’s Bookselling
ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year
ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year

 

8:30

 

Teen reading in the digital age

Associate Dean, Deakin University Katya Johanson, YA author and bookseller Anna Morgan plus a specialist bookseller will discuss how teenage reading habits continue to change and how we as an industry can rise to the challenge.

 

9:20

 

Who's looking after HR?
A health check on HR practices for small business lead by General Manager, People and Culture Rosemary Guyatt from the Australian Human Resources Institute.

 

10:00

 

Morning tea

 

10:20

 

My brilliant career in books
What does a professional bookseller look like today? A panel session including author, editor and bookseller Kate O'Donnell and author, editor and bookseller Jaclyn Crupi will explore the growing shift away from industry silos and the benefits of cross-pollination.

 

11:00

 

Not all communities are built the same
We talk about community to the point of homogenisation but, like demographics, not all communities are built the same.  A panel featuring booksellers Megan O'Brien (Brunswick Bound), John Mitchell (The Book Room at Byron) and publicist Kasi Collins (Hardie Grant Books) will be discussing the ways they work to reach their communities.

 

11.40

 

Let's talk about sales!
Hear booksellers Fiona Stager (Avid Reader) and Jason Maggs (Readings) describe how they have successfully turned their investment in ABA marketing initiatives and non-book product into sales.

 

12:15 

 

Lunch - With guest author
Sally Rugg, Executive Director Change.org (Hachette) 

 

13:30

 

Industry Forum 

Featuring Michael Gordon Smith (CEO APA), Matt O'Brien (Operations Director UBD ANZ) and Matt Pilkington (Sales Director Hachette)

 

14:15

 

Author Panel - Making the Rules & Breaking the Rules

Featuring Allen & Unwin authors Clare Bowditch and Kitty Flanagan

 

14:55

 

Afternoon tea with Love Your Bookshop Day

 

15:15

 

Why we love VM
A practical session demonstrating the use of window, instore displays and Instagram to cement your store’s identity and build an online audience. Panellists include ABA CEO Robbie Egan, passionate visual merchandising bookseller Kasia Janczewski (Where The Wild Things Are) and the highly successful bookstagramer Kate Lloyd (Lilytales).

 

16:00

 

Closing keynote:
Special guest author Eliot Perlman (Penguin Random House)

 

16:30

 

Conference finish

 

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