The reason I could not be there is that my wife, Gale, is fighting cancer and, while her prognosis is good, she is in a difficult phase of that fight, so I need to be with her for at least the next few months. She is, other than my everything, very important to the business on several levels, so I must apologize for my slowness and missed calls and emails lately. I'll get back to a better routine soon, but it will be a while longer before we're back up to speed.
I always recommend going to GABBS, CIANA, CIROBE and other trade shows. If you would like to read some of my thoughts about trade shows, please check out my earlier post:
http://benarcherbooks.blogspot.com/2013/06/in-trade-show-state-of-mind.html, or a more recent one: http://benarcherbooks.blogspot.com/2015/03/spring-for-gabbs-next-week.html
Please read my latest post in which booksellers talk about what is so great about bargain books:
I hope you had a great time in Chicago, and I'll see you next year on the Pier.