This is exactly the kind of thing I need to join and get involved with. When I saw the link, and read about the first gathering, I started making plans to go. The booksellers involved in this are names I've known for a long time - they've always been heavily involved in the bookselling community and own/have worked at incredibly successful indie stores.
"I shall go," thought I, "and glean knowledge from giants."
Then I realized I'm away that week.
If there are any good cloning programs out there, someone let me know.
For now, I'll have to hope that the first is a success so there'll be a second.