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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
registration desk & exhibits open at 8:00am
join us for coffee & pastries with exhibitors from 8:30am-9:00am
#PubWest2024

8:00am-8:30am

Sponsor/Exhibitor and PubWest Leadership Connect (Ballroom 6)
Facilitated discussion about your conference experience and what PubWest can do to gather and implement your feedback?

9:00am-10:00am

Concurrent Workshops

Redefining Publishing: Exploring New Perspectives on Industry Challenges (Ballroom 1 & 2)
New to Publishing? This workshop uses innovative approaches and fresh insights to tackle the ever-evolving challenges in publishing and help create the future of publishing. Facilitated by Mary Carlomagno (Bowker) and Julie Trelstad (StreetLib USA | Paperbacks & Pixels).

Head of House Roundtable (Ballroom 6)
Engage in candid discussions on industry trends, leadership challenges, and the future of publishing houses in a dynamic landscape. This session is open to all attendees. Participants include Joe Biel (Microcosm) and Brooke Warner (She Writes Press & SparkPress); Moderated by Amy Barrett-Daffin (C&T Publishing).

10:00am-10:30am

Concurrent Mini Sessions

Audiobooks State of the Industry (Ballroom 1 & 2)
Discover the audiobook industry's current landscape. Uncover trends, opportunities, and the future of spoken-word storytelling. Panel includes Michele Cobb (Executive Director for PubWest and the Audio Publishers Association), Philip Miller (Deyan Audio), and Nikki Zakocs (Narrator).

Distribution & Logistics State of the Industry (Ballroom 5)
Join this in-depth exploration of the current state of distribution and logistics in the book publishing industry. Gain key insights to navigate today's challenges. Presenters: Lauren Wise (She Writes Press and SparkPress) and Richard Williams (Independent Publishers Group).

10:30am-10:45am

Take a Brief Break 

10:45am-12:00pm

Concurrent Workshops

Transforming Publishing in the Digital Age: Discovering Revenue through Data (Ballroom 1 & 2)

Sponsored by Firebrand Technologies

Unlock new revenue streams in publishing! Join industry experts in exploring how data-driven strategies are reshaping the industry's landscape and driving success in the digital era. Panel includes Kevin Franco (Firebrand Tech), Rich Cassone (WoodWing USA), and Craig Riggs (ReaderBound); Moderator: Victoria Sutherland (Foreword Reviews).

University Presses Listening Party (Ballroom 6)
Join us for our second annual listening party for academic and university press colleagues. This loosely moderated conversation will invite discussion about the ideas, concerns, interests, and needs of our academic and university house colleagues. Moderators: Leigh McDonald (University of Arizona Press) and Helena Brantley (Red Pencil Publicity & Marketing).

12:00pm-1:30pm

2024 Jack D. Rittenhouse Award presentation and Lunch with exhibitors
(Ballroom 1 & 2)

1:30pm-2:45pm

Beyond the Press - Supply Chain Innovations
(Ballroom 1 & 2)
Join the conversation on supply chain innovations. Explore strategies to streamline distribution, logistics, reduce costs, and enhance efficiency in this interactive roundtable session. Panelists include David Hetherington (Books International), Dennis Kavanagh (Data Reproductions), and Jack Whittall (NORPAC); moderated by Matt Baehr (Book Manufacturers’ Institute).


2:45pm-3:15pm

Take a break & meet with exhibitors (Ballroom 1 & 2)

3:15pm-4:30pm

Speedy Spiels on AI  (Ballroom 1 & 2)

Speedy Spiels: AI - Friend or Foe. Our presenters will delight you with opinions and insights, sure to spark lively conversations on the benefits and challenges of AI in book publishing. Presenters include Joe Biel (Microcosm), Roseanne Cheng (DropCap Rights Agency), Leah Hernandez (Young Authors Publishing), David Marlin (MetaComet Systems), Craig Riggs (ReaderBound), and Sidney Thompson (IPG). Emcee Jane Ferreyra (University of Nebraska Press).

4:30pm-6:00pm

Closing Reception and Networking Social (Ballroom 1 & 2)
Snacks are included and beverages may be purchased onsite.


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