Apr 18, 2023
Maria Hamrefors was appointed chairwoman of
the Swedish Booksellers Association in 2019 after a long career in
the book industry. Previous positions include CEO of
Akademibokhandeln, CEO of Bokus, CEO of Norstedts Publishing Group,
CEO of Thomson Corp in Sweden and director of Sweet & Maxwell Group
in the UK. She is the treasurer of the European and International
Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and a member of the EIBF executive
We met at the RISE Bookselling
Conference in Prague last month to talk about, among other things,
how to turn around a chain bookstore, difficult cost cutting
decisions, showing books face out, active curation, customer clubs,
loyalty, fourth generation family businesses, discovering "best"
information, trust, conspiracy theories, critical thinking, shared
love of books, and the best life advice ever.