The first in-person ABA conference in three years was an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day business of bookselling and to reconnect as an industry – for me it had the additional thrill of being the first conference that I was attending since my partners and I established The Book Nest in Mudgee eighteen months ago. It was a chance to hear from industry professionals, contextualise what we do in a wider sector, talk to publishers, get excited about upcoming titles, and connect with other booksellers. 

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