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IBPA Events at BookExpo 2019: Educational Sessions & Happy Hour

Friday, April 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - April 19, 2019) -- Reed Exhibition's BookExpo 2019 kicks off in New York City on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 and runs through May 31st.

On June 20, 2018, the IBPA Board of Directors decided to forgo cooperative book display at BookExpo 2019. This decision came after years of deliberation and several dedicated conversations between IBPA and BookExpo brought on by disappointing 2017 and 2018 programs.

Despite discontinuing the cooperative book display, IBPA continued to explore ways to actively represent IBPA members at BookExpo 2019. This letter announces the result of these efforts: two IBPA-produced educational sessions and an offsite IBPA member networking opportunity.

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Two IBPA-Produced Educational Sessions
IBPA chair Brooke Warner (seated far right at the front of the room) moderates an IBPA-produced panel on diversity in publishing during last year's BookExpo in NYC.

Independent publishing is filled with great content and diverse thought leaders. The two IBPA-produced educational sessions showcase this reality. They are:

The State of Independent Publishing
May 29, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM (Javits Center; Indie Publishers Stage)
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Join IBPA CEO Angela Bole and Board Chair Brooke Warner (She Writes Press) in a candid conversation about the state of independent publishing today. What's working? What isn't? And how can industry partners support the independent publishing community in their effort to bring diverse voices to light?

IBPA Presents: The Best Independently Published Books of 2019
May 30, 2019 from 1:10 PM to 1:40 PM (Javits Center; Indie Publishers Stage)
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Elf on the Shelf. Alex's Lemonade Stand. Patagonia Books. All past winners of the Independent Book Publishers Association's (IBPA's) Benjamin Franklin Awards. Come learn about the winners of the 31st annual awards program and join us in celebrating excellence in independent book publishing!

An Offsite IBPA Member Networking Event
IBPA members nextwork during last year's BookExpo happy hour, held at Clyd Frazier's Wine & Dine in NYC.

Join IBPA for Happy Hour @ BookExpo 2019 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine, just 2 short blocks from the Javits Center. This special reception is a happy 2-hour-celebration of the indie publishing community at BookExpo. RSVP here.

Contact Terry Nathan, IBPA COO, at

IBPA's Mission & BookExpo

IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. The IBPA Board's decision to forgo cooperative book display at BookExpo 2019 was made in accordance with this mission and we are optimistic it will make the association stronger and better equipped to serve the needs of its members in the future.

As always, feedback from IBPA members is welcome. Please email IBPA CEO Angela Bole at She will be sure all feedback is shared with the full IBPA Board of Directors.

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