Join us for our March Madness event at Starline Books in Chattanooga, TN on March 16 from 10-3PM! From 10 AM-noon, owner Star Lowe and bookseller Nora Ketron will present Curating and Handselling A Selection of Books & Gifts Your Community Will Love. Session description: In the age of algorithm-driven recommendations and content curation it can be more meaningful than ever to personally recommend a book that made an impact on you, or guide shoppers face-to-face through your store's selection. We'll spend some time talking about how we curate for our shelves and hand sell books that are personally loved by our booksellers, satisfy the interests of our regular patrons, and promote the literature and ideas that are important to us. It's more art than science, but when you get it right, you can have a patron for life!
Noon-1PM: Author Luncheon with Ashley Blooms, author of Every Bone a Prayer. Blooms' debut novel, which is set in Appalachia, has been called "The Lovely Bones meets Where the Crawdads Sing." Ashley Blooms has published short fiction in The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Shimmer, among others, and her essay 'Fire in My Bones' appeared in The Oxford American. Ashley is a graduate of the Clarion Writer's Workshop and the Tin House Winter Workshop and received her MFA as a John and Renee Grisham Fellow from the University of Mississippi. She was raised in Cutshin, Kentucky, and now lives in Berea, Kentucky.
The afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.
Link to register for this event and other March Madness Bookseller Series events. These events are free to booksellers who are current members of their regional associations.