BA Conference 2013

The BA Conference, sponsored by Gardners, took place in Warwick this year on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd September. 

The Sunday evening was hosted by National Book Tokens Dinner who laid on a Caboodle Dinner for all delegates, and The London Book Fair  sponsored Quiz, mastered by QI star, John Mitchinson.

Chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink, the BA Conference invited booksellers and publishers to engage and discuss the role of high-street bookselling in the industry, and build upon the launch of the Books Are My Bag campaign.

Bill Bryson, delivered the keynote address and told booksellers ''You are fighting a noble fight. Physical books are precious objects and the world needs you so don't give up"

A full programme of events on Monday included the hugely popular Fever Pitch Lunch event where a number of publishers pitched forthcoming titles directly to booksellers.

Quercus sponsored the Author breakfast for booksellers on Monday morning, with children's writer Piers Torday.

Gardners sponsored 150 booksellers to attend the conference for free. 

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2013 Sponsors


For more information on the BA Conference, please contact Naomi Gane