Book Awards Announced Familiar and New Names Added to Annals
The 2017 Pacific Northwest Book Awards were announced Jan. 10, and the celebration is in motion.
Winners and their publicity teams are in talks with PNBA stores for plaque presentations and winner essays have already begun their run atop NWBookLovers, to continue for the next several weeks.
Tremendous thanks are due your Book Awards Committee Members, who reviewed 300+ titles submitted for consideration this year.
You might notice that the roster of winners adds up to seven this year and not the traditional six. The Committee determined that a tie in the final balloting was not to be broken, but considered a bonus.
Your 2017 Winners:
Annie Proulx (Carnation, WA) Scribner
Bitch Planet, Book One: Extraordinary Machine
Kelly Sue DeConnick (Portland, OR) Image Comics
Alexis M. Smith (Portland, OR) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
On Trails: An Exploration
Robert Moor (Halfmoon Bay, BC) Simon & Schuster
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Lindy West (Seattle, WA) Hachette Books
Thunder Boy Jr.
Sherman Alexie (Seattle, WA) Little, Brown and Company
To The Bright Edge Of The World
Eowyn Ivey (Palmer, AK) Little, Brown and Company
Shelftakers for each of the winning titles, featuring original Committee comments, can be downloaded for store use on the PNBA website. The web banner featured above can also be downloaded from the page.
Board, Education, Awards
Would you like to serve on the PNBA Board of Directors or on one of our two standing Committees, the Education Committee or the Book Awards Committee?
If so, this is the time to let us know!
Here is information on our current Board of Directors and a statement about the responsibilities of those who serve on the Board.
Here are the details about the responsibilities of those who serve on the Book Awards Committee.
Here is the similar info about serving on the Education Committee.
At this time, we need one new member for the Board, three members for Awards and two for Education.
To be eligible, you must currently be employed at a PNBA member bookstore--that's it!
All Board and Committee members will be reimbursed for all expenses related to attending the fall show each year. PNBA is happy to reward those who dedicate their time to the Association.
Email your interest along with your store and a bit about your book industry history to PNBA Executive Director, Brian Juenemann.
The Board plans to discuss appointments at their Annual Retreat in early February.
Higher Ed. Scholarships The Application Period is Open!
The application period for Binc's annual Higher Education Scholarship Program opened this week. Applications will be accepted through March 6.
All current independent bookstore owners and employees are eligible for the 27 awards totaling more than $100,000.
Between now and Feb. 1, all you need to do to qualify for special terms on this year's premium items for
Indie Bookstore Day is to make sure your PNBA membership is up to date, pick out at least 15 individual items (easy-breezy), and plan to party at your store on April 29.
Here's the catalog of collectible items from and inspired by the likes of Oliver Jeffers, Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Lawson, Michael Chabon and Jane Austen!
And be sure enhance your lineup with t-shirts, book bags and bookmarks for both staff and for sale.
Shirts and bags are available with wholesale terms and
bookmarks are free (scroll to the very end of the catalog).
In Case You Missed It
* We were happy to reprint this really great "Reading With..." feature from Shelf Awareness on children's bookselling pro
René Kirkpatrick, of University Book Store.
* Your E.D. and his family threw together a Christmas day activity that made for a very satisfying
Jenny and Muir Cohen of Hood River's Waucoma Bookstore welcomed their first child into the world just before the new year. Kenan Joseph Cayabyab Cohen, publication date 012/28, the same day his old man hit the shelves a few seasons back.
Broadway Books to Educate, Empower Customers Portland's Broadway Books announced that they would be giving away copies of Chimamande Ngozi Adichie's
We Should All Be Feminists to all receptive customers on Inauguration Day.
"We wanted to kick off the new year by celebrating the power of women to do great things," said owner Sally McPherson. "As the owners of a bookstore founded by women, and still women-owned after almost 25 years, we appreciate strong women, and we rejoice in the men who respectfully support and stand alongside them."
University Book Store Closes Bellevue Branch The U. Book Store will close its Eastside location on Feb. 15, after 30 years of operation in the building owned by the store. The building already hosts several businesses store plans to lease the additional space it's vacating and to explore options for a smaller Eastside location.
Jury Still Out but Reading List Lengthened Last month we put forth a challenge posed by former owners of St. Helens Book Shop Allen and Sylvia Six, who were in search of an author they met at a PNBA in the 1980s. They met the author along with K.K. Beck and Earl W. Emerson and believed the third to be "an attorney who wrote about police officers."
The responses were numerous, from reps and booksellers, from memory and the internet. J. A. Jance, Gary Alexander, Aaron Elkins and Charlotte Elkins, Philip Margolin, G.M. Ford, Frederick Huebner and Janet L. Smith.
We must have nailed it, right? Well, if Allen Six can trust his memory at all, NOT! Believe it or not, the mystery writer still seems to be a mystery. Regardless, some of you might enjoy this
time capsule unearthed by BookPeople of Moscow's Carol Spurling.
And the Sixes appreciate the effort and have some new names they pledge to be reading soon.
Winter Institute Stokes Many Fires Diversity, Reflectivity, Inclusivity--Proactivity!
Anyone who attended Wi12, in Minneapolis, can can attest to the charge in the show's overall atmosphere. To be there was to feel it.
There were earlier sparks in the indie Northwest. Last fall's Tradeshow Education Day offered "Diverse Reading," with a sundry of experts. The session was lauded, but it also put a spotlight on shortcomings in our little corner of the industry--and probably beyond.
Session facilitators found it no easy task to to populate the panel with booksellers of color. Their list of contacts was dishearteningly short. However, microtopics were identified within the broad presentation that will inspire future educational offerings and general efforts among our booksellers to work harder within the framework of our blessed profession. The session was a move in the right direction.
Another move designed to enlarge PNBA's welcome mat is the creation of a PNBA event code of conduct. We may not think we need to formally exclaim our arms wide open approach, but the COC has become standard at comic and alternative press shows where the audiences respond to and reflect declarations that all participants will be valued and made to feel safe.
With the help of Education Committee members and consultation from alternative press vets, PNBA has begun the task of developing a unique COC that will debut later this year.
And so we get to Minneapolis and Wi12--Roxane Gay, Indies Forward, and all of the brave booksellers who told their stories and shared their goals and demands of themselves and their industry.
ABA president Betsy Burton shared it well in her Bookselling This Weekletter published Feb. 7.
Your Board of Directors continued the exploration at their annual Retreat last week, sharing individual and store experiences ranging from specially curated book clubs, to bookseller career day style visits at schools, to personally connecting with the neighborhood homeless, to making store space available for a postcard protest gathering, to making your stand not by shaming and excluding, but with understanding and an open heart.
The group laid down goals and plans of action to take all of these bits and pieces of passion and practical ideas and incorporate them into some kind of mosaic to be shared through educational programming at the Tradeshow this fall.
That doesn't mean we should sit tight and wait out the next several months. There is much to be weighed on our personal and store fronts.
ABA will provide one venue that could be immensely valuable in this process, having released the program plans for the ABA/PNBA Spring Forum, April 4, in Portland. The announcement is profiled below.
We hope you'll be there to plug in, because there's undeniable energy running through our circuits.
A Funny Thing Happened... ABA Shakes Up Spring Forum
Preceding its Children's Institute, April 5-7, the American Booksellers Association will join with PNBA to offer educational programming to members of both organizations.
Exact timing and registration details to come, but here's what's slated for the Red Lion on the River, Jantzen Beach, in Portland, April 4.
Bookstores: An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery
In the current environment, customers are increasingly coming to bookstores for connection and communication, as well as for sources of a diverse range of voices and viewpoints.
At the upcoming ABA Spring Forum, in response to member bookstore feedback and requests, ABA will be hosting a conversation facilitated by an ABA Board member, where booksellers will share ideas and brainstorm about how stores can foster communication and create opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to express and respond to differing views in the welcoming setting of a bookstore.
This will not be a traditional education session. It is designed to be an interactive discussion, where booksellers will be able to participate in open communication and problem solving -- in both large and small groups -- to clarify strategies for strengthening the unique role that bookstores play in their communities.
Following the forum, PNBA will host a special spring edition of Authors on the Map featuring a dozen Northwest authors signing new books and eager to connect with local booksellers. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor, this version of AOTM will be in a happy hour setting in JB's Lounge, with a glorious view of the Columbia River. Jamie Ford is confirmed, drinks and snacks on PNBA!
Come ready to work your brains hard at the forum and then to decompress with your comrades at Authors on the Map. Together, we'll celebrate another fabulous day in the life of an indie bookseller.
Spots Still Available Companion Hotel Now Booking
The ABA room block at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion is maxed out, but there are still attendee spots available, and the backup hotel is just across the parking lot.
ABA will host the fifth annual Children's Institute starting April 5 with store tours and an opening reception and continuing with author events and educational programming, April 6 and 7.
Group Brings Energy and Goals Hits Ground with Momentum at Wi12
The seeds of the new ABA backed young professionals collective known as Indies Forward were sewn right here in the Northwest and we will all benefit as the group grows and flourishes.
Members of the group already shine on PNBA committees and in our educational programming and will help lead your Association and the industry for a long time to come.
If you are a young bookseller looking to further invest in your work or a veteran who wants to learn more about supporting your young counterparts and promoting the sustainability of your profession, you need to familiarize yourself with Indies Forward.
IBD Checklist Six Items to Cross Off the List
1. Marketing in a Mailer: Signs, stickers, shelftalkers, balloons! All
2. T-shirts while they last:
For staff or for resale,
email or call Ann at NCIBA by March 1. (415) 561-7686 ext.101
3. Free Audio Books from Libro.fm:
Get the certificates for your customers by contacting
Libro.fm. Did we mention it's free!
4. Free IBD Bookmarks:
Every participating store receives 500 promotional bookmarks, to arrive in your March Red Box from ABA.
5. Free Little Golden Book IBD Event Kit:
Mini books, stickers, Poky Little Puppy pouches!
6. ISBN Straightened Out:
Keep your system in order. The correct ISBN for the exclusive IBD Literary Condoms is 978-0-9863969-6-0.
In Case You Missed It
* In the past month, two more Book Award winners presented acceptance essays and one more got his plaque and a party. Here are original works from
Alexis M. Smith and
Robert Moor and a recap of
Sherman Alexie at Queen Anne Book Co.
* NWBL editor, Tegan Tigani, proclaimed her love on Valentine's Day for, well, books. And her husband is okay with it--heck, he's in on it! There's nothing like "
Falling in Love with a Book."
Galley Room Goofs
Dealing with Crossed-up Boxes
ABA staff have received numerous messages regarding missing or incorrect shipments made from the FedEx shipping center at Winter Institute and have been in contact with the shipping manager who provided this response:
If you have received packages that are not yours, please send an email to myself, Keith Korhely. I will print a FedEx label, scan it to you, and it can be placed on the package so we can send it to the intended party. My business phone is: 800-599-2902 x2254 if you need to contact me.
If you have not received your package(s) as of yet, please send me an email with your contact information and what is missing, and we will do our best to track it down for you.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this has caused and we will do everything in our power to try and rectify the situation.
Higher Ed. Scholarships Finish Those Applications!
Don't forget, Binc's annual Higher Education Scholarship Program is open to applications through March 6.
All current independent bookstore owners and employees are eligible for the 27 awards totaling more than $100,000.
Grass Roots Books & Music (Corvallis, OR) has teamed up with store customer Seema Bharwani to solicit local donations to purchase picture books featuring Muslim and/or Middle Eastern characters and culture to donate to local kindergarten-through-second-grade classrooms.
Manager and buyer Tiffany Harlan and Bharwani were already working on the idea when President Trump ordered his travel ban effecting seven Muslim countries and, "Suddenly, an important project became an imperative one!"
The Mystery of the Thrilling Author This fun project started in
December when former owners of St. Helens Book Shop Allen and Sylvia Six asked for help identifying an author they met at a PNBA in the 1980s. They met the author along with K.K. Beck and Earl W. Emerson and believed the third to be "an attorney who wrote about police officers."
To add to J. A. Jance, Gary Alexander, Aaron Elkins, Charlotte Elkins, Philip Margolin, G.M. Ford, Frederick Huebner and Janet L. Smith, we have recently received suggestions for Kent Anderson, author of
Night Dogs, and this one, from another old friend:
"Although not an attorney, Vincee Kohler was a mainstay around the PNBA in the late 1980s. A reporter for the Oregonian, he died in 2002." --Greg Millard, formerly of Jackson's Books, Salem, Oregon
Spring Forum in Portland Heads Together, Then Glasses
PNBA will join the American Booksellers Association for a half-day bookseller workshop capped with a regional author reception, April 4, in Portland. Members of both Associations are encouraged to attend.
Bookstores: An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery
ABA CEO Oren Teicher's recent letter from the March 1 edition of Bookselling This Week is the perfect primer for what you can expect from this specially-formatted forum.
"[T]his new session is a departure from our traditional educational programming. It will succeed to the degree that all attendees feel comfortable in participating in the discussions, allowing a wide range of opinions to be shared and discussed in a respectful and collegial setting, where all of us are mindful of listening as well as talking.
"It goes without saying that we are currently living in a heated political environment. But, regardless of one's political opinions, I know we all share a commitment to fulfilling the special role that indie bookstores play in their communities, recognizing that different bookstores will fulfill that role in a wide variety of ways."
The Spring Forum will provide not only an opportunity to commune with and learn from your fellow booksellers but also, as with any good bookseller event, a hefty stack of new and forthcoming books from an array of new and notable Northwest authors.
Baker & Taylor, this version of AOTM will play out in a happy hour setting in JB's Lounge--windows on the Columbia, drinks and apps on B&T and PNBA! The author lineup is featured below.
In between author tables, visit with Binc Foundation executive director Pam French. She'll be hanging out and sharing updates on the myriad ways your foundation is helping booksellers across the country.
ABA/PNBA Spring Fourm; Tuesday, April 4 Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach; Portland, OR Education, 11 am - 2:30 pm; Multnomah Room Reception, 3 pm - 5 pm; JB's Lounge
Authors on the Map
Martha Brockenbrough and illus. Lee White
(Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
Make a Zine!: Start Your Own Underground Publishing Revolution
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
Narrow River, Wide Sky
Jesse Edward Johnson
(Paul Dry Books)
The Mercy of the Tide
Keys to the City
Hidden Palms: A Butch Bliss Novel
April 4, in Portland!
Bookstore Day Countdown Your March To-Do List
Newsletter Get it on your customers' calendars now!
Web Presence Show sneak peak of IBD exclusive items. Use social media tag #bookstoreday. Make sure IBD is on your store event calendar!
Press Release Send your IBD event release to local media with calendar listings.
Bookmarks Put them out--they're in this month's ABA Red Box!
Share Let the IBD team know about any authors you have booked for April 29.
In Case You Missed It
* Book Award Winner Annie Proulx shares an image-filled travelogue of her slow drift west through her lovely essay of gratitude, "
* Two more of our Award winners, Alexis Smith and Kelly Sue DeConnick, joined forces to celebrate at Portland's Broadway Books.
Check out the scene, complete with cake and killer custom plaques!
*A Six-year-old, Shakespeare, and Paul Simon. It will all make sense when you read James Crossley's latest column, "Bringing Up Baby and Bringing Down the House."
Secret Garden Celebrates 40, No Foolin' Seattle's Secret Garden Bookshop will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with an April 1 all-day bash. Cake, prizes, and--look sharp!--a custom photo booth.
Seattle Stores Band to Issue IBD Challenge For the third consecutive year, Seattle area indies are offering up the Indie Bookstore Challenge. Customers who hit 19 stores on April 29 will earn 25%, across the board, for the rest of the year!
After nearly two decades with Third Place Books, Wendy Ceballos is seeking adventure in NYC. Ceballos has been a gift buying specialist for many years but feels she's "worn so many hats" for TPB that she's likely qualified to handle many possibilities the NYC book world and the city itself might present. Her last day is April 28, and TPB is still interviewing for her position should you be
Mouser Uncaged For the first time since 1980, University Book Store's Mark Mouser can visit the store without having to clock in. The former trade book manager and longtime remainder guru swiped his card for the last time in February. Here's a great feature from
The Seattle Review of Books.
Indie Next List Island Style If you're unclear on exactly how this ABA program comes together or have been wondering if it might work for your store, Island Books lays out this "Staff Picks collection for the whole country" program nice and neat in, wait, here it comes . . . "
What's Indie Next?"
Waldo Can Wait But just a few more days. The deadline to pre-register for this year's
Find Waldo Local celebration has been extended through Monday, March 20.
Last week was a big one for PNBA and national booksellers alike, as ABA brought both a regional forum and the fifth annual Children's Institute to the Red Lion on the River, in Portland.
ABA's Spring Forum program "Bookstores: An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery" continues its tour around the country, and many ABA Association goals and programming decisions can be expected to emerge in the following months.
If the PNBA session preceding Children's Institute is a fair indication, the outcomes will be varied and valuable to ABA members.
Children's Institute is officially (as well as spiritually and philosophically) in the books for 2017. If you missed it--or were there, but without a reporter's inclination for recording--you are in luck.
Booksellers would be well-served to visit recent issues of both Shelf Awareness and Bookselling This Week, both of which contain bang-up recaps of much of the action.
Start with keynote coverage from the Shelf's Alex Mutter on Coretta Scott King Honor and NAACP Image Award-winning author Jason Reynolds and BTW's Sydney Jarrard on diversity advocate Ilsa Govan.
Authors on the Map reception, Spring Forum, Portland Sponsored by Baker & Taylor
Bookstore Day Countdown To-Dos for April!
Added Premium Order copies of Norton's newly minted Special Edition copies of Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology!
*This book is going to have your registers and your Book Awards Committee chirping over the following weeks and months. Keep your eye on the birdie!
"Thanks a million to all of you who promoted the Binc Scholarship Program in your newsletters and on your websites. With your help we received enough applications to give away the full $100,000! The award winners will be announced in May and we hope we have great representation from all of your groups."
--Kit Steinway, Book Industry Charitable Foundation
Red Lion Reservations Author and Education proposal solicitations have been sent and Vendor registration has opened for the 2017 PNBA Tradeshow, Oct. 8-10, Portland. Attendee registration is still a few weeks off, but you can lock in your
hotel reservation now!
Third Place Shuffle It started in the fall when Sam Kaas, your current Education Committee chair left Village Books to take on offsite events management for all three of Seattle's TPB's locations. Just a few weeks back we learned that Wendy Ceballos, Director of Events and
Zak Nelson joins Third Place Books
Marketing and buyer and 27 other resumé line items for almost 20 years, is leaving at the end of April for NYC.
So that brings us to Zak Nelson, writer and reviewer with his own 20-year history in publishing and bookselling, who will soon become manager of events and marketing. And if that wasn't enough, it was almost simultaneously announced that Eric McDaniel, launch Manager of the new TPB Seward Park store, opened last spring, is leaving for increased pursuits in art and yoga (no knock there). In his place will slide
Kim Hooyboer, from Elliott Bay Book Co. (Powell's and WORD before that), and current PNBA Education chair.
Got it? Now, say it back to us. Ready... GO!
Chambliss a Grandpa! Former PNBA E.D. Thom Chambliss is the proud grandfather of Cooper Kai Chambliss, born to his son Sam and daughter-in-law Lisa in March. You can send the board books and onesies to the PNBA office or drop
Brian a line about getting in touch with Thom.
Bookseller Brain Archive Challenge #14 This one recently came over the PNBA wire: "Hi, I am trying to remember the title of a book written by a NW author in the middle to late 1970s. All that I can remember is that the author was female, the book was fiction, but loosely based on the Ted Bundy murders. The word "violet" or "violets" appeared in the title. I believe the author lived in Manchester, Washington at the time the book was written. It was published in paperback (not Anne Rule)."
April was an especially busy month for getting me out of the confines of the Eugene office.
The first stint took me just a couple hours north, to Portland, where I participated in a meeting, a forum and an institute, across four consecutive days. Most of my time was spent within the familiar setting of a hotel/convention space.
I saw many of you there and recapped some of the highlights in last month's newsletter.
The second trip, just ten days later, turned me loose into much broader range--the wilds of eastern Washington and northern Idaho!
Okay, maybe not wilds, but I'd never been to Spokane.
The idea started at last year's fall show when I met authors Samuel Ligon and Kate Lebo at the Home Brewed Happy Hour party. The writers live, work, and teach in Spokane and are a reliable force behind the city-wide annual Get Lit Festival, presented by Eastern Washington University.
The Festival alone sounded fun, but it was a package of public relations, show scouting, and membership maintenance that really brought the possibilities into focus.
Many authors and presses participate in Get Lit. Spokane has a convention facility. PNBA has a number of member stores within a couple hours of the Spokane hub. The trip made sense.
And it was fun! I want to thank Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon for the idea spark and for giving me a great seat at Pie & Whiskey. (Booksellers, get ready for the P & W greatest hits anthology out from Sasquatch and featured in your holiday catalog this fall.)
And to all of the booksellers who gave me tours, and water, and made many introductions, and filled that little bit of slack in my suitcase with shirts and books I couldn't resist, thank you for welcoming me into your lovely spaces.
Auntie's Bookstore, BookPeople of Moscow, 2nd Look Books, The Well-Read Moose, Vanderford's Book and Office! Please, keep on doing what you're doing.
Top to bottom: team BookPeople (Moscow, ID); Vanderford's (Sandpoint, ID); Lebo and Ligon, Jess Walter, Pie & Whiskey stage
Well-Read Moose (Coeur d' Alene, ID); operations central, Auntie's
Annie Proulx with her 2017 PNBA Award, presented by Elliott Bay's Rick Simonson at a May 5 event with Seattle Public Library.
Photo by SPL's Stesha Brandon
Diversity Task Force Help Survey Seeks Bookseller Input
From Bookselling This Week, May 10:
The Diversity Task Force was created by the American Booksellers Association in response to recent calls for issues of diversity to be directly addressed by ABA and the book industry as a whole. As bookstore owners, managers, and employees ourselves, we, the members of the task force, are excited and honored to be helping ABA with this project. We recognize that this is an issue that is far larger than any small group of individuals can tackle on its own.
As we approach our meeting at BookExpo and to begin discussing these issues, we encourage you to make your voices heard by taking this survey. Please distribute this confidential survey to anyone on your staff who may be interested. We look forward to hearing from you!
--The ABA Diversity Task Force
In Case You Missed It
* Vintage Books' Becky Milner
interviewedThe Leavers author Lisa Ko for BookWeb and it's a good one, so we brought it to NWBL.
* Relive Indie Bookstore Day in and around Seattle through the eyes of
The Champs, Team Snack Pack!
* For less frenzied Seattle travels, join James Crossley on a walk via the recommendations of David B. Williams and his
Seattle Walks guidebook.
Regional Award Winners Oregon Book Awards and E.B. White
The 2017 OBAs were recently announced and several names well known to PNBA booksellers were called to the podium.
Additionally, ABA just released the winners of its 2017 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. Du Iz Tak by Portland author and illustrator Carson Ellis was named this year's E.B. White winner in the Picture Book category.
Sindelar Wins Popular Vote Bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association
recently elected three new directors to the board as well as a new president and vice president/secretary. The new POTABA is our own Robert Sindelar, Managing Partner of Third Place Books. It's nice to feel good about an election. Real good.
Speacial of the Day: Green Bean Northeast Portland's Green Bean Books, a wildly popular stop on the the recent Children's Institute Bookstore Tour, was featured in the April 28 edtion of
Big Day on Broadway Portland's Broadway Books will celebrate the store's 25th anniversary this Saturday, May 20. Discounts, commemorative book bag and book plates, cake AND cupcakes!
Make Your Mark as a Store Owner Anacortes, Washington's Watermark Book Company is
for sale. After 35 years in the biz, 28 as owner of Watermark, Pattie Pattee has "decided it's time to retire and pursue other passions."
Six Decades of Good Country Living Bozeman's Country Bookshelf doubled up the fun on Indie Bookstore Day with a
60th Anniversary celebration.
Real News on Moscow BookPeople of Moscow was voted "Best Local Shop" for the Spring 2017 "Best of Moscow" lineup in the University of Idaho's
The Argonaut newspaper.
Red Box Alert ABA members, be on the lookout for a Sandra Boynton designed poster encouraging support of Binc. Please hang it in an employee frequented area if you're able.
I can't find the words to express how much I have appreciated my time on the BOD and working through the transition of EDs. I remain totally amazed with the quality, passion and dedication of the other Directors with which I had the honor of serving. We are truly blessed as an industry!"
-- "Milkshake" Jack Wolcott (Grass Roots Books, Corvallis, OR), after his final
meeting of a four-year stint on the PNBA Board of Directors