Thanks to a generous scholarship, I'll be attending ABA's Winter Institute 5 in San Jose, California in early February 2010. The ABA Emerging Leaders Program paired with Ingram Book Company to present eight scholarships to various "emerging leaders" in the bookselling world.
Though there are lots of education opportunities for booksellers throughout the year (Book Expo America and regional trade shows, such as the one I attended in September, come to mind), Winter Institute is more focused on bookseller education and networking. I'm eager to meet many of the folks I've communicated with online and to reunite with some friends I've met over the past many months.
Rest assured I'll report back to you about Wi5, my impressions of San Jose, and more.
Thanks to the friends who've already congratulated me on this scholarship--I'm humbled and quite elated.