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Wednesday, March 20 • 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Building Bridges, Not Walls: Successful Publishing & Retailing Collaborations

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We all have one goal: Get more books into the hands of readers. Hear from publishers and booksellers across the industry who are working together to support book sales in ways that are creative, collaborative, and constructive for all.

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Morgen Young

Vice Presiden, Ampersand Inc.
Morgen Young has worked in the Canadian publishing industry since 2006 and considers herself very lucky to be a part of the amazing team at Ampersand. Beginning as a sales rep in Southwestern Ontario, she has spent her career working with many amazing independent, chain and big box... Read More →
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Chris Hall

Owner, McNally Robinson Booksellers
Chris Hall has worked in the book industry at McNally Robinson Booksellers since 1996. He started as a bookseller, got the opportunity to try many more aspects of running a bookstore, and, in 2015, officially took over as co-owner with Lori Baker, his business partner. They now own... Read More →
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Athmika Punja

Director, Operations, Penguin Random House Canada
I work closely with sales, fulfillment, and customer service on projects to improve our supply chain. My team at Penguin Random House Canada covers customer operations, sales assistance, publisher operations, as well as co-op processes. Prior to my four years here, I was in operations... Read More →
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Megan Byers

Owner, Livres Babar Books
Megan Byers grew up surrounded by books, literally. Maya Byers, her mother started Babar Books in 1986 when she was a toddler. As a part of a family-owned and operated children’s bookstore, she is committed to promoting literacy and a love of reading. Megan is the manager, in charge... Read More →
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Laura Ash

Co-Owner, Another Story Bookshop
Laura Ash is the Co-owner of Another Story Bookshop in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood in Toronto. Drawn to Another Story for its commitment to making a social impact through books, Laura is determined to ensure Sheila Koffman’s legacy lives on and Another Story continues to bring... Read More →
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Ruth Linka

Associate Publisher, Orca Book Publishers
Ruth Linka began her career in publishing at Coteau Books, a literary publisher, working in promotions and editorial. Since then she has worked at Raincoast Books as the Production Manager and Associate Art Director, and at NeWest Press as the General Manager. In 2001 Ruth and business... Read More →