This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association’s (SCIBA) trade show. SCIBA is a nonprofit trade association of independent booksellers, book wholesalers, publishers, and other industry professionals located primarily in Southern California and Southern Nevada. In other words, it is a group of people who love books.
SCIBA’s goal is to create community and communication among book folks and to provide information for book-related endeavors. By promoting independent bookselling, literacy, and providing a fun opportunity to get together, talk, and check out each other’s new titles, SCIBA more than successfully achieved their goal this past weekend.
This year’s weekend of education and festivities was held at the Garland in North Hollywood, a beautiful hotel that was built in the 1970s. Even after recent renovations, the site still retains an Old Hollywood kind of glamour, with seven acres of grounds that include a pool, courtyard, and a garden sheltered by trees.
The nostalgic feel of the Garland contrasted pleasantly with the focus of the show: new books. Authors read from or signed their soon-to-be-released books, publishers (like us) displayed both their past titles and their upcoming Spring 2017 releases, and booksellers and librarians perused the offerings in anticipation of stocking their shelves. It was a lively gathering of like-minded people, complete with inspiring speeches, award ceremonies, author signings, meals, and discussions that lasted long after the last dinner plate was cleared.
We were very excited to have one of our Southern California authors, Lauren Bradshaw, join us at the trade show. Lauren, author of Henry’s Bright Idea, was a hit at the Authors’ Reception in Beverly Park, the beautiful garden located on the Garland’s property. The gathering welcomed thirty authors and illustrators, who signed their latest titles for trade show attendees. The cocktail reception was at dusk, with fairy lights twinkling in the trees as book folks ate, drank, and were merry. A lovely closing to a delightful show.