New Voices New Rooms 2021: Opening Doors
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) are coming together again for their fall virtual conference, New Voices, New Rooms (NVNR) September 27-October 1. NVNR will offer our beloved community of booksellers, publishers, authors, and other industry partners a week of opportunities for education, networking, innovation, and fun. Our official theme for NVNR 2021 is “Opening Doors.”
New Voices, New Rooms returns with a fresh format that includes two days of education and bookseller-to-bookseller networking and idea-sharing, plus three days of new title discovery, author panels, and the hugely popular Rep Pick of the List and Editor Buzz panels. Every day will feature interludes of poetry readings, creative play, wellness tips, and more.
We’ll be working with our publisher and vendor partners to enhance their studio (fka “booth”) offerings to promote bookseller and sales rep one-on-one meet and greets, creation of new accounts, and bookseller support of upcoming promotions. Our NVNR conference site will also feature a bookseller-friendly galley room called “Readers of the Lost ARC,” easy Zoom access to all programming, and a dedicated Slack channel to message peers, set up appointments, and stay in contact after the conference.
Also New to NVNR 2021: The VIndies! NVNR and their “academy” of judges drawn from the greats of our bookselling community will award prizes to videos created in 2020 by independent bookstores in the SIBA & NAIBA territories. The award ceremony, which will include viewings of the finalist videos, will take place during the conference. Look for a separate call for submissions for the VIndies in the coming weeks.