Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The three-day conference took place in the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. Throughout the week there were a myriad of presentations and a profusion of authors dispensing autographs, but the best part of the week’s events, in our humble opinions, was the booksellers exhibition. Though the number of booksellers has dwindled as of late and is no longer the biblio-behemoth sprawling across the convention center, it was still a sight to behold.
We arrived in Providence with a comfortable chunk of time before things got underway. Time enough to receive an exhibitor badge, lug an extra table into the conference hall, and display our bound accoutrements. Things began slowly as people trickled into the hall. The sullen overcast sky teetered on the verge of rain that never came; instead an unseasonable mugginess permeated the landscape. Thankfully this did not keep away the great multitude of book buyers who ebbed and flowed as the day wore on.
The archipelago spread out before us and tables piled with books upon books filled the room. Fellow publishing house representatives milled about, showcasing their wares to prospective buyers. A man in a carrot suit occasionally jogged through the throng (seriously), catalogues were exchanged, swag was rendered onto those who cared for it, raffle tickets were dispersed, and scavenger hunt questions answered. For those who missed our booth, our answer was Turkish Armenia (the question: which country was Yousuf Karsh from before moving to Canada?). We had a great time meeting with everyone who stopped by our booth.
We here at David R. Godine, Publisher, would like to thank those of you who made orders with us at this year’s NEIBA:
The Bookloft of Great Barrington, MA
Books on the Common of Ridgefield, CT
The Bookworm of Omaha, NE
Bridgton Books of Bridgton, ME
Buttonwood Books & Toys of Cohasset, MA
Devaney, Doak & Garrett of Farmington, ME
The Flying Pig Bookstore of Shelburne, VT
Galaxy Bookshop of Hardwick, VT
Hickory Stick Bookshop of Washington Depot, CT
Kennebooks of Kennebunk, ME
Northshire Bookstore of Manchester Center, VT
Open Door Bookstore of Schnectady, NY
Parnassus Book Service of Yarmouthport, MA
Red Tail Books of Wilmington, VT
Children’s Book Shop of Brookline, MA
Toadstool Bookshops Inc. of Peterborough, NH
Wellfleet Marketplace of Wellfleet, MA
For our Boston-area fans, don’t forget to check us out this weekend at the Boston Book Festival! The event takes place Saturday, October 27th, from 10 am until 5 pm. We hope to see you there!