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Programming Highlights
Heartland Confirmed Authors  

Cassandra Claire and Holly Black
The Iron Trial (Scholastic)

Garth Stein
A Sudden Light (Simon & Schuster)

To pitch an author for the show, please read our author submission guidelines and email the requested information to Carrie Obry at
Become a MIBA Mentor

Booksellers - We're launching a new program based on the premise that bookstores are stronger when they help each other. MIBA Mentors will share their bookselling knowledge to help their fellow booksellers succeed.


How does the MIBA mentorship program work?

  1. Experienced booksellers volunteer to help. You can become a MIBA Mentor, a Bookseller on Deck, or both.
  2. Stores open less than a year request to join the program. MIBA pairs them with a MIBA Mentor.
  3. Stores facing challenging situations contact a Bookseller on Deck to talk confidentially about the matters at hand.

Become a Mentor Store

Strengthen bookselling by sharing what you already know. Booksellers report that becoming a mentor helps them rethink their own procedures and generate new ideas. Responsibilities: Call your mentee once a month for a year. MIBA supplies a list of suggested topics you can use as a guide. Be sure your mentee understands how to approach events such as BEA, Winter Institute, and the Heartland Fall Forum. Schedule time to meet your mentee at an industry event. If you and your mentee prefer a different approach, feel free to make your own based on what works for you.


Become a Bookseller on Deck

Too often, when MIBA learns a store is in a challenging spot, it's too late. We'd like to have experts in the wings to act as a peer-to-peer sounding board when stores find themselves in a bind. As a Bookseller on Deck, MIBA will keep your name at the ready--we'll list you as a Bookseller on Deck on our website and share it with our members. When a store is stuck in a challenging spot, they can reach out to for support and assistance. 


To volunteer, please email Carrie at and let us know you'd like to get involved. The program acts on a rolling basis, so there's no official start date.

Fresh Press from B&T
Stay up-to-date on what Baker & Taylor is doing to support indies by subscribing to their new indie-oriented newsletter, Fresh Press. They're including staff reads, promotions, tips and tricks for navigating their ordering and eCommerce platforms, free giveaways, and more. 


All of B&T's newsletters, including Fresh Press, are available as ala carte subscriptions. B&T welcomes any comments or suggestions, so please feel free to contact Scott Butler


Indies Introduced Titles Announced

ABA has released the Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce picks. The list features 20 books hand-selected by indie booksellers across the country - 10 for adults and 10 for children, all from debut authors. Indies Introduce is essentially a list of books pre-approved and already loved by indie booksellers. Please see the full list of titles on Edelweiss and sign up to participate today. (The program is for ABA members only. If you aren't an ABA member, we encourage you to join.)



"In the Family" Staff Change     

With just a 30-minute drive between them, Judith Kissner and Sheri Olson were once considered competitors, as least technically. Judith is the owner of Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, MN. Sheri had been the owner of Reading Frenzy Book Shop in Zimmerman, MN, but she recently made the difficult decision to close her store. In the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, Judith approached Sheri with the idea of offering her a staff position as Events Coordinator. Their styles were so complimentary, they 
hit it off and made it official. Sheri began her post on May 1. 

Judith says, "We never had an events coordinator and, as a result, I haven't sought out as many opportunities for our store as we could have. As we've grown, I've come to realize my time is best spent curating our selection of new and used books as well as building relationships with our customers and community partners. So the position was there, but I hadn't actively pursued trying to fill it. Thanks to the MIBA facebook group, I was able to get to know Sheri. She clearly has the skills and experience gained as an event coordinator from her former Reading Frenzy Book Shops and more importantly understands independent bookselling. She has built strong relationships with publishers and authors who know that she does what it takes to create a successful event. It's my hope that by having Sheri as our event coordinator, our store will become a destination for both regional and national authors and increase customer loyalty to our store."


Sheri is looking forward to their first big event series, Scout & Morgan's Summer Reading Program, and is hoping to attract a well-known author to help kick it off. Please contact Judith Kissner if you have any ideas.

Send us your bookselling news. 
Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
2355 Louisiana Ave North, Golden Valley MN 55427
Phone (763) 544-2993 * Fax (612) 354-5728 

Carrie Obry * Executive Director  *
Robert Martin * Executive Assistant *