Second Bookmanager Academy announced for Summer 2017

February 12, 2017 • By

The second Bookmanager Academy will take place in Kelowna, BC, from June 8–11. The event coincides with WBRA’s Summer Book Fair, which takes place June 12–13 in Kelowna.

Bookmanager Academy (BMA) is three days of Bookmanager software and general bookselling education, round table discussion, and brainstorming. It is coupled with plenty of social events to meet and network with booksellers from across North America.

The full itinerary of education sessions and parties will be released on March 1, 2017, and will be very similar to the first BMA in 2015. For more details, visit the Bookmanager website & BMA 2017 page.


Travel Details & Rates for the Summer 2017 Book Fair

January 23, 2017 • By

The Summer 2017 Book Fair will take place in Downtown Kelowna at the Royal Anne Hotel. There are special rates reserved for the BMA and the WBRA with three local hotels and one airline. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Fly WestJet

WestJet is offering a 10% discount on fares into Kelowna for Book Fair attendees. Take 10% off the base fare* for travel between Kelowna and anywhere WestJet flies in North America.

Book by: June 21, 2017
Travel from: May 31, 2017 to June 21, 2017
Coupon code: PLTJBQV

*For anyone that books with a travel agent – please use the Coupon code (PLTJBQV) AND this promo code: YLW01

Hotel Options

Royal Anne Hotel

Royal Anne Hotel
348 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N5
Phone: 250.763.2277
Toll-free: 1.888.811.3400

Rates available from Thursday June 8 – Wednesday June 14.

Use Group Name “Bookmanager” when booking.

Rates include WIFI, deluxe continental breakfast and complimentary airport shuttle service is now available through Let’s Go Transportation (call 1-844-877-0101 for shuttle reservations).

Parking is limited at this hotel (first come bases).  City parking from 6:00PM-9:00AM is free, and there are parking lots offering $6.00 per day rates.

PLEASE NOTE: Royal Anne Hotel has limited rooms available so book a.s.a.p. if you want to be in the same hotel as the book fair.

Prestige Beach House

Prestige Beach House
1675 Abbott Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8S3
Phone: 250.860.7900
Toll-free: 1.877.737.8443

Located 7 minutes’ walk from the Royal Anne Hotel. Rates available from Thursday June 8 – Tuesday June 13.

PLEASE NOTE: Prestige hotel is fully booked on June 14, so check-out is on June 13, 2017.

Use Group Name “BMA 2017” when booking.

Parking is $5.00 per day.

Hotel Zed

Finally, if there isn’t any room at the other Inns, you can find refuge at this hotel using the rates below.

Hotel Zed
1627 Abbott St
Kelowna BC, Canada V1Y 1A9
Phone: 250.763.7771
Toll-free: 1.855.763.7771

Rates available from Thursday June 8 – Wednesday June 14.

Use Group ID “5218145” when booking.

Parking is unlimited on site.


Celebrate Authors for Indies Day 2016 on April 30

April 28, 2016 • By

Last year, the inaugural Authors for Indies Day gave participating bookstores an average boost of 18.5% in sales, a phenomenal result! CBC even listed the event as one of the 10 Biggest Book Stories for 2015.

On April 30, 2016, authors will be once again showing their appreciation for independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. Lots of local indie bookstores and authors are participating—check the Authors for Indies website’s FIND A STORE function.



Spring 2016 Swan’s Pub Night

December 26, 2015 • By

Hello Booksellers and Reps,

On Sunday, February 14th 2016, after the author “speed dating” reception we are taking the party to the pub!  So come and join your fellow Reps and Booksellers for some fun at a casual pub night.

Starting at 7:30pm, we will be gathering to celebrate in a private room at Victoria’s historic Swan’s Brewpub. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016.

By popular request, we are renting a professional karaoke machine starting at 8:00PM. This is your chance to show off your closet shower-singer skills, or at least watch your colleagues perform with various levels of success in a spirit of good fun!

Please note: Drinks are on you, appetizers are on us!

Date: Sunday Feb 14th 2016
Time: 7:30PM on
Place: Swan’s Hotel and Brew Pub, 506 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N6
Phone: (250) 361-3310

Please RSVP to: Heather Parsons


“BookManager Academy deemed a huge success” by Quill & Quire

July 5, 2015 • By

Our congratulations to our friends and colleagues at BookManager on a successful inaugural event.

As part of the WBRA’s Summer 2015 Book Fair, BookManager partnered to extend our 3-day event with 2 days of business-related education. Dubbed the BookManager Academy, the event included workshops on BookManager and general bookselling education, round table discussion, and social events to meet and network with fellow booksellers.

In the article on Quill & Quire (29 June 2015), TBM BookManager founder Michael Neill says that the event achieved his goal of getting booksellers together to network and talk informally.

“The common thread in the comments received was the intangible benefit of everyone being together to talk about the book business,” Neill says.

Read the full article on Quill & Quire.

Events, News

Registration now open for the Summer 2015 Book Fair

April 11, 2015 • By

Make plans and  come out to the Western Book Reps Association’s Summer Book Fair 2015. Taking place in beautiful Kelowna, BC, from Sunday, June 14 to Tuesday June 16, 2015, it will be your chance to come and meet your reps to see the hottest offerings of books for the fall season.

This is the largest semi-annual bookfair in Western Canada, with booksellers and librarians visiting from across BC and Alberta. All the key book publishers will have representatives at the fair so don’t miss out!

Kelowna, BC

WBRA Trade bookfair

Taking place at the Coast Capri Hotel Kelowna

Trade show hours:
Sunday June 14: 12pm-5pm
Monday June 15: 9am-5pm *
Tuesday June 16: 9am-5pm
* Note: The evening of Monday June 15 is the Bookfair Social event at the Yacht Club from 5:30–10:00 pm (see details below).

Bookfair Registration is open: Register Now. Please be sure to contact your rep for an appointment and make plans to attend.

Group Buying sessions:

There will be group buying sessions offered throughout the fair, and the schedule is posted on the WBRA website.

Western Book Reps Association Yacht Club Event:

Don’t miss the publishing dinner party of the season, being held at the Kelowna Yacht club in their brand new location. This free event hosted by the WBRA will include dinner and wine (thanks to our sponsors) and will allow fellow reps, booksellers and publishing partners to mingle at this exclusive lakeside setting.

Please make sure to register at our website or by email to Jennifer Fyffe, space is limited, so act quickly!

Kelowna Yacht Club


WBRA has secured a fabulous rate on rooms at the Coast Capri Hotel starting at $130 per night, which includes: breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi and airport transfer (make sure to reserve the free airport shuttle when you make your booking).

View booking and rate details on our Event Page.

Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna

To book: Contact hotel at (250) 860-6060 and use the Group Block Name: 2015 Western Book Reps or the Group Block Confirmation Number: CCH-GFC18520 to access the our special rates.

ROOMS ARE LIMITED so please book early.


BookManager has secured a rate with WestJet offering 10% off posted rates 

To book: use the promo code YLW01 and coupon code K7BE8GK.
Travel any time 7 days before or after the retreat to qualify. Book at

Additional Incentives and Bookseller Education:

Book Manager is hosting a series of subsidized Education Days and social events on the 2 days leading up to the fair (June 12-13) : See details on BookManager for more information.

This will be the bookfair you won’t want to miss, so register now!

Save the Date for Spring 2016:

The Spring 2016 Book Fair will be held February 14– 16, 2016 at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria.