Event Details

For the second year, we will be holding our annual trade show at the ultra-lux Sheraton LA in San Gabriel. Join us for two fun-filled days of fellowship, educational programming, exciting new books, and wonderful authors.


  • Sep 27, 2019

  • Sep 28, 2019

  • General

  • Exhibitors

  • Additional Sessions

  • More Sessions

  • IndieCommerce from American Booksellers Association

  • More Additional Sessions

  • Additional Sessions 1

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Making the Most of ABA Membership
A representative from the ABA team will guide new and prospective members through the many benefits of membership. Topics to be discussed include ABA’s ABACUS survey, box mailing program, In...
A representative from the ABA team will guide new and prospective members through the many benefits of membership. Topics to be discussed include ABA’s ABACUS survey, box mailing program, Indie Next List, annual events, and many others. After a brief presentation, the floor will be open for questions fielded by the ABA team. All current ABA members are also welcome to attend.
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12 PM - 1:30 PM
Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate with Success
Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) has grown from a handful of bookstores in California to a national celebration involving over 575 stores and, in some cases, city wide celebrations. Participa...
Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) has grown from a handful of bookstores in California to a national celebration involving over 575 stores and, in some cases, city wide celebrations. Participating bookstores see an increase in sales, increased foot traffic and increased brand awareness. Because of the national growth of this successful program, ABA has agreed to take on the management of IBD for 2020. Current IBD Program Director, Samantha Schoech, will remain in her position and will work closely with ABA.
This session will offer attendees an overview of the program and tips from booksellers who have figured out how to make the most of IBD. Panelists will offer information on how to order and make the most of the IBD exclusive merchandise; how to organize and publicize your store’s party to bring people into your store; and how to use social media strategically to increase sales and community participation. Join ABA staff and IBD superstars for this not to be missed conversation.
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4 PM - 5:30 PM
Annual Membership Meeting Ballroom
Booksellers and publishers annual meeting.
Please be sure to attend as voting will take place regarding the merger of NCIBA and SCIBA.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Trivia and Reception
7:30 PM - 9 PM
Indies Forward
Sponsored by Shelf Awareness, Karaoke party!!


  • Elana K. Arnold

    Elana K. Arnold


    Elana K. Arnold is the author of many books for kids and teens, including Damsel, a 2019 Michael L. Printz Honor book; What Girls Are Made Of, a 2017 National Book Award finalist, and A Boy Called Bat, the first book in her young middle grade series that was selected for the Global Read Aloud. Her books have been variously included on the Los Angeles Public Library's Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year list, the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, have been ALAN Picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project. She holds a master's degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis, and is on the faculty at Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She currently lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals.

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  • Julie Berry

    Julie Berry


    Julie Berry is author of the 2017 Printz Honor Book The Passion of Dolssa, set in medieval France; the Carnegie Medal and Edgar Award shortlisted novel All the Truth That’s in Me; the YA romance novel Lovely War, set during World Wars I and II; humorous middle-grade novels, including The Emperor’s Ostrich and The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place; and the picture book Long Ago on a Silent Night.

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  • Steph Cha (Novelist at Ecco)

    Steph Cha

    Novelist at Ecco


    Steph Cha is the author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy. Steph is now the Noir Editor at The Los Angeles Review of Books and a contributing book reviewer for The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds. @stephycha

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  • Ernesto Cisneros

    Ernesto Cisneros


    Ernesto Cisneros was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, where he still teaches. He holds an English degree from the University of California, Irvine; a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach; as well as a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University. As an author, he believes in providing today’s youth with an honest depiction of characters with whom they can identify. The real world is filled with amazing people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. His work strives to reflect that. Efrén Divided is his first book. You can visit him online at www.ernestocisneros.com.

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  • Tessa Dare

    Tessa Dare

    Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty historical romances. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

    A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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  • Debra Ginsberg (Frontlist Buyer at Bay Books)

    Debra Ginsberg

    Frontlist Buyer at Bay Books


    Debra Ginsberg is the author of the critically acclaimed memoirs, Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son's Long, Strange Journey Into Autism, and About My Sisters and the novels Blind Submission, New York Times Notable and SCIBA Mystery Award winning The Grift, Indie Next Pick The Neighbors Are Watching and SCIBA Mystery Award winner, What the Heart Remembers. Debra's work has been translated into fourteen languages. A publishing industry professional since 1992, Debra Ginsberg has been editing books of all genres for over twenty years. She has reviewed books for The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Washington Post Book World, and Shelf Awareness, conducted writing workshops in four Western states, and contributed to NPR's "All Things Considered."

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  • CK

    Chanthee Keokhaw

    American Booksellers Association

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  • Jessica Kim

    Jessica Kim

    Jessica Kim writes about Asian American girls finding their way in the world. Before she was an author, Jessica studied education at UC Berkeley and spent ten years teaching third, fourth, and fifth grades in public schools. Like Yumi, Jessica lives with her family in Southern California and can't get enough Hot Cheetos, stand-up comedy, and Korean barbecue.

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  • Brein Lopez

    Brein Lopez


    Brein Lopez has been a Los Angeles bookseller for thirty years at three legendary Los Angeles bookstores and for three iconic bookstore owners. Book Soup, bookseller to the star,for the late, great Glenn Goldman. Manager and curator at Every Picture Tells A Story, a gallery and bookstore of original art from children's books, for Lois Sarkisian. And Children's Book World, L.A.'s premier children's bookstore for over three decades where he is the general manager for owner Sharon Hearn.

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  • Walter Mosley

    Walter Mosley

    About Walter Mosley:
    Walter Mosley is the author of more than fifty critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame, and he is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, a Grammy, PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Edgar Award. He currently lives in works in Los Angeles.

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  • Jenny Nordbak

    Jenny Nordbak

    Jenny Nordbak earned a degree in Archaeology from the University of Southern California. After graduating, she spent two years leading a double life, working in healthcare construction by day, while secretly working as a Dominatrix at a dungeon in LA by night. Her memoir, The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an LA Dungeon (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), is a candid look into that time in her life. She hosts a popular weekly podcast called The Wicked Wallflowers Club that focuses on the romance genre and has an engaged community of thousands of listeners who are some of the most hardcore readers on the planet.
    Jenny is an advocate for sex positivity and female empowerment. She writes the Stocks and Bondage column for Penthouse and has been featured as a sex expert on The Doctors. She contributes to Men’s Health and Bustle and has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook. She is currently working on developing her memoir for TV with Jackson Pictures and finishing her next book, a romance novel.

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  • Daniel O

    Daniel O'Brien

    Senior Membership Manager at American Booksellers Association


    Daniel O'Brien is the Senior Membership Manager of the American Booksellers Association, the national trade association for independent booksellers. He oversees all member-related activities, including membership benefits and services; member communications; new member outreach and on-boarding; as well as serving as the lead administrator for ABA's events, membership renewal, and other programs. O'Brien is also a writer and reviewer who has had work published in the American Literary Review, Boston Review, Diagram, and Kenyon Review, among others. He previously served as the Managing Editor for the OSU Press Book Prize series and holds an MFA in Poetry from The Ohio State University.

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  • Alisha Rai

    Alisha Rai


    Alisha Rai pens award-winning contemporary romances and her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling or tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit www.alisharai.com.

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  • Donna Rifkind (Other Press)

    Donna Rifkind

    Other Press

    Donna Rifkind’s reviews appear frequently in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times Book Review. She has also been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, American Scholar, and other publications. In 2006, she was a finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle.

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  • DS

    Donal Skehan

    Donal Skehan is an award-winning Irish food writer, television presenter and photographer from Dublin, Ireland. He has published 7 cook books and is a regular host on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen. He also presents “Kitchen Hero” on RTE One, “Junior MasterChef” on BBC One, and “Follow Donal” and “Food Network Star Kids” on Food Network.

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  • Julie Slavinsky (Director of Events at Warwick’s Bookstore.)

    Julie Slavinsky

    Director of Events at Warwick’s Bookstore.

    Julie Slavinsky is the Director of Events for Warwick’s Bookstore. She has been with Warwick’s for nine years, eight of them as the Director of Events. She has been in the book business for fifteen years, is originally from Los Angeles, but has lived in San Diego for forty years.

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  • HS

    Hope Anita Smith

    Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes and its sequel, Keeping the Night Watch. A professional story-teller, Hope teaches poetry-writing workshops to all grade levels. A native of Akron, Ohio, Ms. Smith now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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    Amy Spalding


    Amy Spalding is the author of several novels for teens, including Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which earned a starred review from Kirkus. She lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Emma Steinkellner

    Emma Steinkellner


    Emma Steinkellner is an illustrator, writer, and cartoonist living in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the illustrator of the Eisner-nominated comic Quince. The Okay Witch is her debut graphic novel as an author.

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  • Oren Teicher (Chief Executive Officer at ABA)

    Oren Teicher

    Chief Executive Officer at ABA


    Oren J. Teicher is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Booksellers Association, the national trade association for independent booksellers, and he has been working on behalf of independent bookstores for 30 years, beginning in 1990 as the ABA Associate Executive Director, then as Director of Government Affairs, as the founding President of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and, through 2009, as ABA's Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed as ABA's CEO in 2009. Teicher has played an integral part in ABA’s IndieBound program, Local First initiatives, and he works closely with independent business alliance boards and other independent retail trade associations. He has forged relationships with bookseller associations around the world; and has served as an officer of the International and European Booksellers Federation (EIBF). Teicher has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including being named Publishers Weekly's Person of the Year in 2013. Before joining ABA, Teicher was the Director of Corporate Communications for the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and he served for many years as a senior staffer in the U.S. Congress.

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  • Larissa Theule (Author)

    Larissa Theule



    Larissa Theule is the author of HOW DO YOU DO?, BORN TO RIDE: A STORY ABOUT BICYCLE FACE, and the forthcoming A WAY WITH WILD THINGS. She lives in Southern California with her family and dog.

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  • Walter Thompson-Hernandez

    Walter Thompson-Hernandez

    Walter Thompson-Hernández is a Los Angeles-based New York Times reporter and host. He is a part of a multi-media Times reporting team called Surfacing that covers subcultures, marginalized and off-beat communities around the world. Before working at the Times he wrote for publications like NPR, Fusion, The Guardian, Remezcla, among others. Walter has reported from every continent and throughout the United States. He attended the University of Portland, received his Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and was enrolled in the UCLA Chicano Studies PhD program for one year before leaving to write for the Times in 2018. Before graduate school, Walter played professional basketball throughout Latin America for three years.

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Commission Sales Representative
  • John Majeska

    John Majeska

    Book Travelers west

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  • Karel/Dutton Group

  • Imprint Group

    Imprint Group

    Representing the following fine publishers
    • Candlewick
    • EDC (Usborne & Kane Miller)
    • Peter Pauper Press
    • Sourcebooks
    • Firefly
    • John Wiley
    • Peachtree
    • Cottage Door Press
    • Sleeping Bear
    • American Psychological Association
    • Magination Press
    • Harvest House
    • Bower House
    • Brown Books
    • Mountain Press
    • Treasure Bay
    • Norwood House
    • John Fielder
    • Karen Ritz Cards
    Lost & Bound Designs

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  • Faherty & Associates

    Faherty & Associates

    IPG - Independent Publishers Group "INDIE DIRECT PROGRAM: Extra 5%, Net 60, and Free Freight on ONE ORDER of 10+ units. (Promo Code ""INDIDIRECT"") Offer ends 9/1/19.

    INDIE SPECIAL 2019: (Select titles 450+ Top Shelf Titles, see catalog on Edelweiss, or contact your rep for list of titles.) (Promo Code ""IPGINDIE""):
    15+ units = 48% and free freight
    30+ units = 50% and free freight
    45+ units = 52% and free freight
    * Valid for 3 orders from 6/1/19 to 12/31/19. Does not combine with other orders.

    KOENEMANN Special: 50% & Free Freight on 10+ assorted Koenemann titles (Promo Code ""ARTFALL"").

    CULTURE SMART Special: 50% & Free Freight on 10+ assorted Culture Smart titles (Promo Code ""CULTURESMART"").

    WALNUT STREET BOOKS Special: 66% & Free Freight on 10+ copies of 'Jokes from the Back Seat' (9781947597143). (Promo Code ""KIDSJOKES"").

    45% & Free Freight on ALL Orders of 10+ units (Excluding Alaska and Hawaii, 10-unit minimum ship threshold). Standard Terms."
    McGraw-Hill Education +3% on Orders of 25+ assorted units (AU, PC, TP, or TR coded titles). Offer good 9/20 - 10/30.A13
    NBN - National Book Network FREE FREIGHT on Orders of 24+ assorted units. Full Discounts 47% Returnable / 50% Non-Returnable. (Promo Codes - Returnable "Regional19RFF" / Non-Returnable "Regional19NRFF").
    New Harbinger Free Freight on any RETURNABLE ACCOUNT orders of 10 or more units. Free freight not offered on non-returnable orders. Standard Terms.
    Paperblanks by Hartley & Marks "Extra 5% on orders of 40+ units (Promo Code ""CSI40"")
    Extra 5% on Full Counter Display Orders (Promo Code ""CSIPOS5"")
    Extra 7% on Full Floor Display Orders (5-tier min.) (Promo Code ""CSIPOS7"")
    Offers Good Thru 8/30/19.

    New accounts:
    Standard - minimum: 150.00 USD net gets free freight
    250.00 USD net gets +2% and FF (CODE: OOJAN2019)"
    Phaidon Press "SUMMER CHILDREN'S: Extra 2% & Free Freight on 10+ units of Select Children's Titles. Contact your rep for title list. (Must be on a separate order. Promo Code ""SUMMER"")

    BACKLIST: (In-Print Backlist titles published before 1/1/19). Extra 2% & Free Freight on 10+ Backlist units. (Must be on a separate order. Promo Code ""PHBL19"")
    Both Offers Good Through 9/1/19.

    FREE FREIGHT on ALL Orders OVER 10-units (Promo Code ""PFF09F""). "
    Rutgers University Press "FREE FREIGHT: on orders of 5+ units.
    BACKLIST: 50% off All titles published 12+ months prior.
    NEW ACCOUNTS: +3% on orders of 5+ units.
    DISPLAY: Order 5+ copies of same title or series or theme, get a sixth copy free. Send a photo of your display, and we’ll promote it and your store on social media. Order must be placed through rep or sales director. One offer per title only. Maximum 4 free books per account, per season. Offers End 12/31/19."
    University of Texas Press 45% on all Short-Discount Titles ordered through your rep. Free Freight on Pre-Orders of NYP Frontlist Titles. Standard Terms.

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  • Wilcher Associates

    Wilcher Associates

    Wilcher Associates

    (949) 362-0597
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Bookseller Partners

Meal Tickets Needed


$40 through July 31st

$50 through August 31st

$60 thereafter

Please order your meal tickets HERE

Shipping Information

SCIBA_Exhibit_Kit 2019.pdfdownload
Copy of SCIBA Faherty Specials - Fall 2019.xlsxdownload


Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel

303 East Valley Boulevard
San Gabriel, California

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