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Retail panel: Pandemic-era booksellers one year later
ABOUT THE SESSION

In January 2022, we convened a panel of retailers, all of whom launched their bookstore during the pandemic (if you missed it, you can watch the video at https://tinyurl.com/techforumretailers ). Where are our booksellers and bookstores one year later? What have they learned? What further challenges have they encountered? What opportunities have opened up? How goes their customer acquisition and retention? And what do they think about returns? Join Stacy Batchelor (Fable Book Parlour), Kerri Doyle (Books & Shenanigans), and Meghan Desjardins (River Bookshop) in conversation with Tim Middleton and Lauren Stewart of BookNet and learn what it’s like to evolve as a retailer without a “before time” to reference.



SPEAKERS

Stacy Batchelor (Fable Book Parlour)

Meghan Desjardins (River Bookshop)

Kerri Doyle (Books & Shenanigans)

Lauren Stewart (BookNet Canada)

Tim Middleton (BookNet Canada)


ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

This session will run for 1 hour.

The session will be hosted on Zoom. Sign language interpretation and closed captioning will be available. You can turn on closed captioning by clicking on the CC button in the menu bar.

Cameras and microphones will be off for attendees attending this session. However, the session may use the Zoom polling, chat, and Q&A. There will be someone monitoring the Zoom chat and Q&A if you have any questions or problems during the session.

This session will be recorded. The recording will be made available on YouTube after the session. If this session uses slides, they will be shared publicly after the session.

Please feel free to get in touch for any further information. If you have any accessibility requirements, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Jan 24, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Meghan Desjardins
Lead Bookseller @River Bookshop
Meghan Desjardins joined River Bookshop as the Lead Bookseller in August 2022, working with a great team to sell books to the communities of Amherstburg and Windsor-Essex. She has also worked in publishing for Biblioasis, Black Moss Press, and local authors. She considers it a small miracle to have had a career in books for over nine years so far, and she plans to keep it going for as long as she can.
Stacy Batchelor
Co-Owner @Fable Book Parlour
I'm Stacy — educator, librarian, nature lover, busy mama, and (most excitedly!) co-owner of Fable Book Parlour. I love challenges, learning new things, and getting my hands dirty. Fable opened June 1, 2021 with our Fable Bookmobile and Sept. 25, 2021 with our storefront (Fable Book Parlour). We offer a diverse, handpicked selection of new and used books, vinyl records, and music accessories. Books? I want to read all of them. Actually, I lied, 74.7% of what I read is fiction — so that's my main literary squeeze. But if I had time I'd read them all.
Kerri Doyle
Owner @Books & Shenanigans
I’m brand new to the bookselling business and opened my cute little bookshop on December 1, 2021 in Cook Street Village in Victoria, BC. We sell new and used books, kites, toys, sassy greeting cards and shenanigans. I had a pandemic crisis of the heart in January 2021 in the height of lockdown land and decided to live my dream. I gave up all the Zoom meetings and found the best spot in a great community to start living a life full of books, book people, and a good amount of shenanigans.
Lauren Stewart
Director – Customer Relations, Conferences & Operations @BookNet Canada
Lauren's professional focus to-date has been the business of writing and publishing in Canada. Her career has seen her at a literary agency, bookstores, a not-for-profit literary event series, and a professional writers' association. She is currently the Director, Customer Relations, Conferences & Operations at BookNet Canada.
Tim Middleton
Project Manager & Retail Liaison @BookNet Canada
Tim Middleton is a Project Manager & Retailer Liaison at BookNet Canada. With a passion for startup culture, entrepreneurial enterprises, and disruptive technology ignited by a varied career in retail and consumer research, all things bookish remain his first and true love.