|ABA Forum in Two Weeks!|
Members to Meet in Portland
The American Booksellers Association will join PNBA for an education lineup and luncheon on Wed, March 28 at Annie Bloom's Books' Southwest Portland village favorite, O'Connor's restaurant.
The event will start with a PNBA Education Committee offering "One Great Idea That Worked in Our Store," from 9 - 10:15 am. Attendees are asked to come prepared to share one event, promotion, outreach or initiative that worked well for their stores. The session will be moderated by Jamil Zaidi, PNBA's Board President and a buyer at Elliott Bay Book Company, and will include several other Board members speaking about their own ideas and efforts.
From 10:30 - 12, ABA will deliver "The Best of Wi7's Best Practices Sessions." The original 12 Winter Institute sessions covered everything from children's bookselling, to Google Analytics, to empowering your indie business alliance. "The Best of the Best" is a roundup of the top bookseller tips.
At noon, ABA will offer a sponsored lunch forum hosted by CEO Oren Teicher. This open discussion of industry issues will be driven by attendees, so come prepared with questions and ideas.
The forum concludes at 2pm, which only leaves an hour to kill next door at Annie Bloom's before O'Connor's' happy hour starts at 3pm. Not ABA sponsored, sorry.
Please send pre-happy hour RSVP's to ABA's Nathan Halter before March 23.
|PNBA Signs On Against PayPal Censorship|
Online Sales Giant Trying to Buck the Constitution
PNBA has signed on to the efforts of The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the National Coalition Against Censorship protesting PayPal, after the sales processing company threatened to terminate the accounts of online booksellers and publishers who offer materials depicting acts of incest, rape and bestiality.
"The issue is whether or not PayPal should be able to decide what can or cannot be sold using their service," said Thom Chambliss, PNBA's Executive Director. "They are threatening to disconnect publishers of certain types of erotica, which is protected by the Constitution as free speech."
Read the Mar 6 Bookselling This Week article, which gives a full account of the story following PayPal's Feb 18 ultimatum.
Want to add your name to the list? Visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation for easy submission.
|Book Awards Buzz|
Round Two Wraps Up
Last month we told you about plaque presentations for Jonathan Evison and Craig Thompson. This month we have reports on the additional four book award events from the winners' favorite NW bookstores. Writer and bookseller Kevin Sampsell reported that Powell's City of Books hosted about 150 attendees for Patrick deWitt's February 19 celebration and that they "sold a bunch of books," which was great for the store. Getting to present a Pacific Northwest Book Award to his friend, great for Sampsell. Photographer Scott Ryan snapped the greatest array of author event photos that we can recall. It's obvious that Ismet Prcic feels right at home at Powell's on Hawthorne, where he received his award Feb 23. Check out Ryan's Eyepiphany Photography Flickr photostream of the author he describes as, "gifted, fun, and quite animated."Griffin Bay Bookstore held an afternoon open house Feb 25 for Friday Harbor's Thor Hanson. Owner Laura Norris (pictured here, with Hanson) described the "low key" party (40 people in a little store, on a little island--not bad) as, "local and wonderful." Hanson r
ead aloud his NWBookLovers essay, "Associations."
"We went through almost a case of champagne, if that tells you anything!" says Broadway Books' Sally McPherson about Lidia Yuknavitch's Mar 6 award celebration. It was a standing-room-only party, complete with Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain and a Chronology of Water cake--the unbanded version--provided by Yuknavitch's Portland publisher, Hawthorne Books.
|NWBL Noteworthies |
* Cheryl Strayed has been blowing up for weeks now, and Wild hasn't yet hit the shelves! That will change on Mar 20 when the general public will finally get to read what the hype is all about and we'll have a new bestseller. Here's NWBL's interview with the Portland author, "Digging Into What's True."
* Yet another example of Sherman Alexie acting as spiritual guru, iron fist and voice of reason for your indie efforts. Feel empowered and just plain good by reading "Amazon is the 1%."
* Matt Ruff kicked off his run at a third Pacific Northwest Book Award with the release of his latest novel, The Mirage. Village Books' Lindsey McGuirk coralled him at the keyboard for an interview where Ruff reveals, among evolutionary details of The Mirage, that he's really more of a grinner than a snickerer.
* Paulina Springs bookseller Amanda MacNaughton gives us a lively and thoughtful interview, including the heartbreak of staff recs and a savvy perspective on e-books.
* Meet a Sasquatch more interested in stocking books at Watermark Book Co. than stalking the residents of Anacortes.
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|The Big Night Approaches|
One More Rundown of the Details
Make use of the participating bookseller timeline, promotional web graphics and a whole lot of recommendations and reminders from ABA and WBN.
|Help Decide Indies Choice, E.B. White Winners|
Deadline is March 31
The American Booksellers Association is encouraging all booksellers from ABA member stores to vote for your favorite books of the past year.
Voters will determine winners in eight categories, including three inductees for the Picture Book Hall of Fame. Weigh the finalists and complete your ballot here.
Winners will be announced April 5 and will be invited to participate in ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon at BEA in NYC.
All Things Cool
PNBA welcomes new member All Things Small Pendants
, specializing in fun, affordable and custom pendant jewelry, including an ever-growing selection of NW book cover
classics for your check out counter.Ducks Bolting
Penny Hutchens is leaving the UO Duck Store after 28 years to pursue a pharmacy tech certification. Hutchens, who's worked as a frontline bookseller, shipping and receiving clerk and for the last four-and-a-half years, as the trade buyer, says she's sad to leave the business, but adds: "I think this is a good direction to go, and when I'm not too wrapped up in the present, I get a bit excited about the future." Hutchens also wanted us to point interested parties in the direction of a pretty good gig
open at the Duck Store and old friends to Mac's at the Vet's
Club, 6-9, Mar 23. Joining the party will be another quarter century-plus Duck Store bookseller, Andy Lillich, whose retirement date is set for April 1.For Sale Sign is Out
Jacobsen's Books, Hillsboro, OR and Queen Anne Books in Seattle have each put the word out that they are up for sale. NWBL Classifieds
.Windin' Your Way Down on Baker Street...
You'll find a book store that's closing up shop. After 17 years in business Baker Street Books in Black Diamond, Washington has April 15 pegged as the store's last day. NWBL Classifieds
.Thinning the Shelves
Free Fixtures! University Book Store needs to clean out its storage units. Most fixtures are double-sided 54" tall and 4' long. Some are taller/longer. For more info write
or call Trevor Peterson, 206-545-9477 x316. Delivery possible.Ingram Behind World Book Night
From the Ingram release: "Publicity surrounding World Book Night titles will have readers seeking out the 30 titles. Keep them available with an extra 3% discount when ordering from Ingram. Discount is available until April 30, 2012."
|2012 Calendar |
Mar 28 ABA/PNBA Spring Forum, Portland
Mar 29 NABP meeting, Lake Oswego
Apr 19 BPNW meeting, Seattle
June 4-7 BEA 2012, NYC
Now On NWBL
PNBA classified advertisement listings are now featured on the NW Book Lovers blog. NWBL greatly broadens the options and the audience for NW book-related postings. Current PNBA members are eligible for free classifieds. Contact Jamie for guidelines and scheduling.
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