2020 Book Award Winners Essays and Appearances Underway
Nine months of reading, reflecting, and deliberating on a list of 400 titles by nine PNBA member booksellers resulted in six new winners of the prestigious Pacific Northwest Book Award.
The 2020 list was announced January 8:
The Cassandra: A Novel Sharma Shields (Spokane, WA) Henry Holt & Co. / Macmillan
The Death & Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story Aaron Bobrow-Strain (Walla Walla, WA) Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Exhalation: Stories Ted Chiang (Seattle, WA) Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House
Is, Is Not: Poems Tess Gallagher (Port Angeles, WA) Graywolf Press
My Heart Corinna Luyken (Olympia, WA) Dial Books / Penguin Young Readers
Queen of the Sea Dylan Meconis (Portland, OR) Walker Books / Candlewick Press
Committee comments for the winning titles can be viewed on the 2020 Book Awards page of the PNBA website.
Printable shelftalkers for store and library display and a promotional web banner are also available for download on the page.
Original features from individual winners began headlining NWBookLovers this week with Corinna Luyken's "My Hearts." Plaque presentations are currently being arranged between the winners and their PNBA home base stores.
Independent Bookstore Day Official 2020 Catalog is Live!
And some easy extras: Order fabulously designed t-shirts and tote bags for customer purchase and for you and your staff.
Reviews for Ramiza NW Lit Community Comes Together for Author
Forest Avenue Press publisher Laura Stanfill reported the very sad news that author Ramiza Shamoun Koya has terminal cancer.
Many PNBA members met Ramiza and received copies of her debut novel, The Royal Abduls, at the October Tradeshow. If you've read it or plan to read it soon, please take a minute to send an endorsement to Forest Avenue so your reviews can be shared with the author.
If you haven't received a copy and would like one, the press will do its best to accommodate all requests. PNBA and Forest Ave are teaming with the goal of creating the biggest-ever Face Out in NWBookLovers history to feature all the responses and let Ramiza know her voice is being heard and that her book is in good hands.
While the official launch of The Royal Abduls remains slated for May, Forest Ave, PGW, and Portland-area booksellers are teaming to get the title on local shelves in February, with a soft launch slated for Powell's City of Books on March 15.
Closing Shop on the Catalog Give Books Reporting/Reimbursements
January 10 was the formal deadline for reporting on your 2019 Give Books campaign and maximizing your reimbursement for local insertion.
The date was bumped to the 15th within a reminder email last week. PNBA really would like to reward your campaign efforts with a rebate!
This year, we are looking for a wider array of evidence of the campaign's store-by-store workings, and a comprehensive sales sheet is not part of that strategy. Instead, we're asking for your top 30 bestsellers (spreadsheet or simple ordered list) accompanied by any and all tangible (photos, figures) as well as anecdotal (surprise titles, stock problems, customer interactions) reviews.
Not as fun, but we do still need your newspaper invoices to send you a rebate check without breaking the law, so scare those up and email or fax a copy post-haste!
To be eligible, you must be a current PNBA member bookseller, librarian or rep--that's it!
Board and Committee members will be reimbursed for expenses related to attending planning meetings and the fall show. PNBA is happy to reward those who dedicate their time to the Association.
Email your interest along with your member affiliation and a bit about your book industry history to PNBA Executive DirectorBrian Juenemannby Jan 22. Your candidacy will be passed along to the Board for consideration at its annual retreat, in early February.
Denver Publishing Institute Opp Learn the Publishing Side of Your Industry
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and the Denver Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, recently announced that applications are open to apply for a scholarship to attend the Denver Publishing Institute.
This opportunity is open to current booksellers interested in learning about the publishing side of the industry. Applications for the scholarship, worth up to $7000, to attend the event, in Denver, CO, will be accepted through February 26th, 2020. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board, and up to $2000 to cover travel and lost wages.
Grass Roots Books Give Books Instagram Campaign
PNBA Member Notes:
PNBA Address Change
The PNBA office is moving into new digs around the corner:
520 W. 13th Ave. / Eugene, OR / 97401
Book 'n' Brush Hits Gold
The Chehalis, Washington "one-stop shopping center for art supplies, custom framing, gifts, candy, cards, toys, jewelry, as well as a vast selection of new books" hit 50 in December. Read a profile and take a photo tour courtesy of The Daily Chronicle with co-owner and PNBA Treasurer, David Hartz (and his penguin pal).
Suzanne to Suzanne
Not an 80s detective show duo, but bookstore owning colleagues who teamed up for an exciting announcement and plan. Watch the video on the
Liberty Bay Books Facebook page.
Money in the Bag
In response to Oregon's newly enacted one-use consumer shopping bag law (House Bill 2509), Paulina Springs Books (Sisters, OR) now collects $0.10 for each small bag and $0.25 for each large bag, with a unique community-enhancing wrinkle. As stated in the store's most recent newsletter:
In keeping with what we believe to be the spirit of the law, we are excited to donate 100% of income generated through bag sales to the Oregon Natural Desert Association!
On Teicher Time Shelf Awareness interviewed recently retired ABA CEO Oren Teicher who "loved every day" of the 30 years he worked for ABA.
Spring Forum Set for Seattle ABA Headed for Seward Park
American Booksellers Association representatives will hold an open forum open to all ABA and PNBA members Tuesday, April 14 at Third Place Books Seward Park.
PNBA will produce supporting education as well as an author party to wrap the day's events. Look for programming and attending author details to come!
Adding Channels Social Media for Member Communication
You'll now find PNBA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as we continue to increase the ways members are informed of and reminded about member-related news, programs, and activities.
PNBA pages on all platforms are public, with content reflecting the emphasis on member communication. We'll inform followers when posted opportunities or events are not open to non-members.
NWBookLovers will continue to cover the general NW indie landscape, with emphasis on consumer awareness and participation.
We look forward to having you in the loop.
Bookselling Certification NAIBA Takes Lead on New Program
The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association has taken on the task of creating a formal certification program for the bookselling industry.
The Professional Bookselling Certification program will consist of five modules. The modules include: Basic Bookselling, Staff & Human Resources, Store & Operations Management, Event Management, and Inventory Management.
Upon completion of each module, a bookseller will receive certification in that topic. When a bookseller completes all five modules, they will receive the designation of Certified Professional Bookseller.
* "Choral Music," an original 2020 Pacific Northwest Book Award essay from
* "Examining Assumptions," 2020 PNBA Award winner
Ted Chiang fields a few questions from the Committee.
* "New Worlds," a 2020 Award essay born from "an abundance of imagination" from
PNBA Member Notes:
PNBA Address Change
The PNBA office has moved:
520 W. 13th Ave. / Eugene, OR / 97401
March 1 is the last date to provide newspaper invoices for local Give Books catalog circulation. Stores that provide the requested documentation by that date can still receive up to .03 for each piece inserted. The 2019 claim period will be closed after March 1.
The Scoop on Bookshop Here's a good overview from WIRED.com.