RISE Bookselling Conference 2024

Ever wondered what bookselling looks like in other countries? Do booksellers around the world face the same challenges as you? What can you learn from your foreign colleagues’ experiences? 

Join us at the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon on 17-18 March 2024 and find out!

But that's not quite everything! Join us on Saturday, 16 March, for our dedicated cultural programme, exploring the city of Lisbon and - of course - visiting some of its most beautiful bookshops.


Join us in Lisbon!


Day 1

Registration desk opens 
9.30 - 9.50
Welcome coffee
10.00 - 11.00
Welcome words and keynote speech
11.00 - 11.20
Coffee break
11.20 - 12.05

Panel – Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce 

Panel – Culture vouchers

Panel – How to curate a selection of inclusive children’s books

Panel – Booksellers and festivals: how to make the most out of it?

12.15 - 13.20
13.30 - 14.15

Panel – Bibliodiversity: what is it, actually?

Panel – Events without authors

Panel – Banned books: children’s books perspective

Meet your bookmate

14.20 - 15.00
Afternoon keynote
15.00 - 15.20
Coffee break
15.20 - 16.10

Workshop – Life stages of a bookseller 

Workshop – Bookshops as safe spaces 

Presentation – Bringing books to life: the magic of window displays 

Presentation – Portuguese book market 

16.20 - 17.00
End of the day keynote
18.15 - 19.30
Drink reception

Day 2

Registration desk opens 
9.00 - 9.20
Welcome coffee
09.30 - 10.10
Keynote speech
10.10 - 10.30
Coffee break
10.30 - 11.30

Panel – Innovative ideas in the bookshop 

Panel – Curating foreign language books for your bookshop

Panel – Decision making on non-book products

Panel – Difficult customers: how to talk to them/handle them 

11.40 - 12.30

Panel – Sustainability/green bookselling

Presentation – Finding your social media voice

Panel – Teenagers, YA literature & everything in between

Panel – Bookshops and audiobooks

12.45 - 13.45
14.00 - 14.50

Workshop - Life stages of a bookseller 

Workshop – Bookshops as safe spaces 

Presentation – Accessibility 101: what booksellers have to know

Presentation – Building a bookshop experience: the art of exceptional customer service

15.00 - 15.40
Closing Keynote
Closing words and drinks 

*Panel session titles may be subject to changes

What to expect:



Discover new ideas to implement in your bookshop


Hear from inspirational keynote speakers


Learn how the bookselling business works in other countries


Exchange experiences with booksellers from all over the world


Watch the highlights from the
2023 RISE Bookselling Conference

In March 2023, the city of Prague was home to the first-ever RISE Bookselling Conference. The inaugural edition gathered more than 230 book sector professionals from all around Europe and beyond. 

Delegates from over 20 countries enjoyed a packed programme of workshops, keynotes and networking opportunities. Get a feel for how this milestone event was like in the conference aftermovie!

Accommodation at a discounted rate in Lisbon

We have secured discount rate rooms for the conference attendees at the Hotel Vila Galé Opera. The hotel is located in close proximity to public transport – a mere 5-minute walk from Santo Amaro bus stop, connecting guests with the Conference Venue Centro Cultural Belém (11 min) as well as downtown Lisbon (11 min). The hotel is a 35-minute walk to Centro Cultural Belém and a 7-minute walk to the LX Factory, a cultural hub featuring numerous shops, restaurants and cafés.

The rate per room is 117 euros per night for single occupancy and 130 euros for double occupancy, including breakfast. Additional City Tourism Tax of 2 euros per night per person applies. 

If you’re interested in booking a room, please contact and inform them that you will attend the RISE Bookselling Conference 2024; then follow the information provided by the hotel.

Please note that the capacity is limited, therefore we advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible.


Join us in Lisbon

Register here to secure your space at the conference


Who can join?
Booksellers and book sector professionals from all over the world are invited to join the RISE Bookselling conference.

When will the conference take place?
The second edition of the RISE Bookselling conference will take place as a two-day event, on 17th and 18th March 2024.

Where will the conference take place?
The conference will be hosted in Lisbon, the beautiful capital city of Portugal. The event will take place at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB).

Is the attendance free of charge?
Yes, attending the RISE Conference is completely free. However, travel and accommodation is at your own expense.

In which language will the conference be held?
The event will be held in English, but interpretation services will be considered, based on the number of attendees that would like to benefit from this. When registering to attend the RISE conference, please note if you would like to benefit from interpretation services.

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RISE Bookselling is a network programme organized by the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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