Regional Fall Trade Shows

Do you belong to regional trade organizations? According to one of our Quick & Dirty Surveys, 89% of you do. If you scroll to the bottom of the ABA website (, links are provided to all of the regional trade associations.

One of the primary benefits of regional trade membership is the area trade show. Because the organizations are regional, travel can be a bit less burdensome. The closer location can also provide an opportunity for more or varied staff to attend. And the 2-3 day shows allow booksellers to talk, share ideas, attend education sessions, and become rejuvenated.

Here’s a list of the 2014 trade shows dates and locations with links for more information. I’ve been invited to present at SIBA and MPIBA, so if you belong to those associations, I look forward to meeting you in the coming months.


This will be the third year that Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) have combined their fall shows for the Heartland Fall Forum. The show’s back at The Depot in Minneapolis, MN, this year from September 30 – October 2.

Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) will hold their Fall Discovery Show at the Renaissance Denver Hotel in Denver, CO. The show dates are October 9 – 11.

The Fall Conference for the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA, from September 19 – 21.

There’s a new name and a new focus for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) fall trade show. The 2014 NCIBA Discovery Trade Show will be held October 23 – 24 at the South San Francisco Conference Center in San Francisco, CA.

The New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) is holding their 41st Annual NEIBA Fall Conference
September 30 – October 2 at the Rhode Island Convention Center Ballroom in Providence RI.

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) will be holding the 2014 PNBA Fall Tradeshow September 26 – 18 at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) will hold the SCIBA Trade Show 2014 on October 17 & 18 at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, CA.

And finally, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will be holding the #SIBA14 Discovery Show at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, in Norfolk, VA, from September 19 – 21.





Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay