The Heartland Fall Forum is a uniquely collaborative event. In 2012, for the first time in regional bookselling, two trade associations (the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association) joined forces to host a joint regional trade show serving the Greater Midwest. It’s been viewed as an overwhelming success and is now a permanent feature of the publishing and bookselling landscape.
In our support of independent bookselling, 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.
We provide a rich environment for anyone allied to the book industry to meet one another, network, introduce authors, promote new titles, place orders, and learn crucial skills from one another to keep independent bookselling strong. We offer a busy show floor, a wide range of author events, and various formats of practical and inspiring education.
We are a members-only show. Our attendees include booksellers, publishers, authors, wholesalers, distributors, sidelines vendors, librarians, teachers, media, book bloggers, and more.
Save the Date: October 3-5, 2018
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View highlights of previous shows
GLIBA, MIBA Booksellers Bond Over Books
Children's Booksellers Celebrate the Ties That Bind
Heartland Fall Forum 2016: A Midwestern, Great Lakes Reunion
Heartland 2015: Celebrating Community In Chicagoland
Heartland 2015: Children's Booksellers Are Family
Booksellers Appreciated at Heartland Fall Forum
“Pioneer Girl” wins Midwest Independent Booksellers Association Award
Good Work at the Heartland Fall Forum
Heartland 2014 Works Its Magic on Children's Booksellers
Heartland Fall Forum 2014: A Celebration of Community
Heartland Fall Forum 2014: A Call to Action
Heartland Booksellers Focus on Building Relationships
Heartland Fall Forum Gets Positive Reviews
Books: Heartland Fall Forum 2012
An Energized Heartland Forum