“What a great show! I loved the venue, the hotel, the food was fantastic, and the education was invaluable. The best part was connecting with colleagues and meeting booksellers from another region.”
"Bookish magic's in the air here.”
“Having both MIBA and GLIBA represented adds to the energy and expertise. There just seemed to be so much more excitement in the air, from the authors to the publishers and sales reps. Great job. Thanks for all you did to put it together!”
“I love meeting other booksellers and finding out from them how to solve common problems”
Hundreds of Bookselllers, Thousands of Books, One Great Community
The Heartland Fall Forum is a regional trade show that supports and celebrates independent bookselling. Hosted collaboratively by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, we represent 12 states and nearly 350 independent bookstores throughout the Greater Midwest, from the far reaches of North Dakota to Ohio, from Kansas to the tip of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and all states in between. Our booksellers form the backbone of literary culture throughout the Midwest. Please view our map to see the full breadth of our region.
We provide a rich environment for anyone allied to the book industry to meet, network, introduce authors, promote new titles, place orders, and learn crucial skills from one another.
We are a members-only show. Our attendees include booksellers, publishers, authors, wholesalers, distributors, sidelines vendors, librarians, teachers, media, book bloggers, and more. To find out more about our show, please contact us.
“I love the energy and excitement of all the attendees and exhibitors. It is a positive experience and it makes me proud to be in an industry that people still believe in with their heart.”
“As a brand new bookstore, the forum was saturated with valuable information. I walked away feeling like we had been in business for months instead of just two weeks!”
“I always look forward to Heartland! I love to see the new books and have a chance to talk with some of the authors and the people associated with the publishers.“