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The BCBA Board is excited to announce our Half Education Day and Social Gathering on February 11th, 2017 at the WBRA's Bookfair.
Saturday February 11th, 2017
Laurel Point Inn
Room to be announced
12:30 - 1:00 pm - Registration - please bring your fee for the day and your membership renewal for 2017
Cost: $30 per BCBA member or Rep; $50 per non-BCBA member bookseller
BCBA membership is $125 per store per year.
You can renew your BCBA store membership before Bookfair by filling out the form at, just click on Become a Member, and follow the directions.
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Skype session with Donna Paz Kaufman, Paz & Associates (
Show & Sell
Creating a special sense of place in our bookstore engages both our love of books and our creativity to best utilize the physical aspects of our space. In this session, you’ll go on a bookstore tour with Donna Paz Kaufman, founder of The Bookstore Training & Consulting Group and winner of the Specialty Store Design Award from the Association of Retail Environments, to learn the design and display essentials of using the most valuable real estate in your bookstore. You’ll learn to assess the opportunities in your bookstore with fixture placement, creating a mindful traffic flow, utilizing key display spaces, and bringing books to life in sections throughout the store. This session is paired with the showing of the Paz training video “Bookstore Merchandising Made Easy.”  To meet Donna, visit and visit the Paz Pinterest Page, Bookstore Design & Display at

3:00 - 3:15 pm - Break - Coffee and tea will be provided

3:15 - 4:30 - Presentation by Alan Mallory, author of The Family That Conquered Everest (
Reaching New Heights
This is the most popular and the most exciting presentation that Alan offers. It is a stunning visual and emotional journey that brings the audience along on Alan’s family’s two-month expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. It is about a unified team working together to achieve a common goal. Above all, Alan highlights the importance of innovative thinking, strong team dynamics and living your dream!
4:30 - 5:00 pm - Discussion, closing remarks, feedback
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Social Evening at Russell Books (
Join us at Russell Books (734 Fort St) for a bookstore tour and brief talk by Andrea Minter, co-owner. Our Guest of Honour this evening will be Janie Chang, author of Dragon Springs Road, and Authors for Indies originator, who will present her new book and talk about Authors for Indies 2017.
Light food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
PLEASE RSVP to for the Education Day and/or the Social Evening by January 20th, 2017.
Sunday February 12th, 2017
7:30 - 8:45 am
Laurel Point Inn
Room to be announced

We're looking forward to seeing you all in Victoria in February!

Register for the WBRA Bookfair here:


What we're about

The British Columbia Booksellers Association is the voice of independent booksellers in British Columbia. The Association and its members work to: promote the cultural importance of books by partnering together with publishers, writers and other associations in the Canadian book industry; contribute to B.C.'s annual Book Prizes; organize literary and writers' festivals in their own communities; and host many author readings and out-of-store events throughout the year.


By offering professional development seminars, circulating industry news, hosting an ongoing internet forum, and Facebook page, maintaining a webpage linking readers to their local indies, sending quarterly e-newsletters to members, and supporting our members on a personal basis, the Association works to promote the cultural identity and continued success of independent booksellers in every community throughout the province.





Why join BCBA?

Independent Booksellers Meeting Together: The B.C. Booksellers Association (BCBA) offers the only opportunity you have to meet together with your fellow independent booksellers from across the province every six months to exchange information and ideas, to enjoy peer support and best practices ideas, and to discuss industry news, issues, concerns, and solutions.

Professional Development: The BCBA offers its members full day programs for professional development at the February Book Fairs. Our seminars include presentations introducing entry level and advanced social media solutions for your business, as well as up-coming trends; panel discussions on current topics with CEOs of major Canadian publishers and informed booksellers; best practices seminars; member participation in round table discussions; and opportunities to build relationships with your fellow booksellers... Read more