Booksellers NZ Conference Programme

Saturday, 19 August

This is the draft programme for the 96th annual Booksellers NZ conference, with the theme 'Building the Future'. We are excited to welcome so many speakers to the most enjoyable get-together of every booksellers' year! 
8.00am - 9.00am


10.00am - 12.00pm

Self-Publishing Workshop 

NB: This is separate from conference, and attendees will likely come from outside the industry. The purpose of this session is to encourage book sales via booksellers. 


9.00am - 4.00pm

Business Meetings Day
This is an opportunity to meet Publishers and Service Providers to discuss any issues and concerns and view new titles.


6.00 - 10.00pm

New Zealand Book Industry Awards

Join us to toast the gathering of the book trade at the New Zealand Book Industry Awards and celebrate and applaud the very best in bookselling and publishing. A great way to end the Business Meetings and a great warm up for the conference the following day. The Awards will include formal presentations and a buffet dinner.

Sunday, 20 August
8.00 - 8.45am

Registration and morning tea

8.45 - 9.00am
Opening Address & Welcome

Tony Moores and Lincoln Gould open the conference.

9.00 - 9.30am
Why Reading Matters
Keynote speaker - Peter Biggs 
Peter Biggs talk about why reading matters, and the synergies between the Book Council and booksellers.
9.30 - 10.15am
Business Resilience
Keynote speaker - Jamie Ford
'Mindful Mental Toughness Coach' Jamie Ford gives a quick-first session on how your bookshop can survive in the face of adversity.
10.15 - 10.45am

Morning Tea
10.50am - 11.20am

Tips and Tricks on running your business


Our panel of experts answers your questions about running your business better and smarter - rent, cashflow, returns, payroll ... Come armed with questions! 

11.20 - 11.30am

You can do it: Social media in 2017

Sarah Forster

Some practical, up-to-date advice about Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, digital newsletters and more, presented by Sarah Forster, the Booksellers NZ Media & Communications Manager.

11.30 - 11.50am

Responding to Change


Talk with booksellers who are doing things differently and get inspired to start a new shop, buy an existing one, create a hybrid, or maybe even open a cafe.

11.50 - 12.00pm

5 x 5 with the next generation

Courtney Smith and Rochelle Handley, recipients of last years Kobo Scholarships, each have five minutes to talk about five things they learned at this January's ABA Winter Institute in Minneapolis. 

12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch 
1.00pm - 1.45pm

Back from the brink: A case study in survival

Keynote Speaker - Leesa Lambert

Melbourne’s The Little Bookroom has been a popular children’s bookshop for 57 years. But last decade, it was failing fast and facing closure – then staff member Leesa Lambert bought it. She talks about what went wrong – and what she did to turn things around.

1.45pm - 2.15pm 
Children's books - the way of the future

Children’s books are increasingly one of the bestselling genres. But when you haven’t been a kid for decades, selling kids’ books can be daunting. Our panel talks about how to do it – and why it’s essential.
2.15 - 2.45pm

Nielsen BookData & BookScan

Speaker - Nevena Nikolic

Find out the sales figures and patterns of books over the past year, and see how your store measures up. Always enlightening!

2.45 - 3.10pm

Afternoon Tea

3.10 - 3.30pm

New member initiatives

Lincoln Gould, Sarah Forster and Jane Arthur

2017 is a great year to be a Booksellers NZ member. Find out about recent changes and new benefits, and how to take advantage of them. 

3.30pm - 4.00pm
Working together: the publishers' perspective
A range of publishers give their perspectives about how booksellers and publishers can work together to improve outcomes for both – growing sales, increasing resilience and flexiblility, and revitalizing the industry.
4.00 - 4.40pm

Town Hall Session

Here’s your chance: bring all of your questions, observations, gripes, concerns and celebrations to the Board and other members. The floor is open to all.

4.40pm - 5.00pm

AGM and closing remarks

We'll fly through the AGM agenda, vote for new Board members, and then farewell everybody. 

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