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.
Spring Event Cancelled Focus Moves to the Fall Show
The collaborative Spring Forum program to be hosted by PNBA and the American Booksellers Association in Seattle, April 14, has been canceled.
The decision was made when on back to back days ABA halted all staff travel and then Washington governor Jay Inslee placed the first limits on gatherings--aggressive stances at the time that have since proved commonplace.
Twelve regional authors had been confirmed for the spring version of Authors on the Map. Those authors as well as several pending invitees have been promised priority placement should they wish to be featured at the fall show, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, in Tacoma.
The first Call for Authors and Call for Education for the fall show were sent this week.
Members Respond to Crisis Difficult Decisions Abound
Shortened hours, limited staffing, free shipping, local delivery, "restaurant rules," daily deep cleaning, temporary shutdown. PNBA stores, like those across the entire country, are making tough choices every day.
Whatever route you choose, know that you are doing the right thing, at this moment, for your business, your employees, and your community. And tomorrow, you absolutely have a right to change your mind in response to the latest factors and wisdom.
To borrow the lead from one of the many, many store newsletter updates we are receiving daily, "Whew! So many moving targets!"
We're here for you and will do our best to help you keep up. --PNBA Staff
Industry Leaders Step Up COVID-19 Emergency Plans in Play
Binc The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is experiencing the highest number of requests for assistance in the history of the organization and has established an expedited application process for COVID-19 related emergencies. Through the generosity of various industry supporters, matching grant opportunities are currently in play. PNBA tapped healthy emergency reserves to team with our own Garth Stein and author partners Amor Towles and Tui Sutherland for a $25,000 total donation.
ABA Staff is working remotely but tirelessly for you on so many fronts. ABA has established a COVID-19 Toolkit as well as a Corona Virus Resources for Booksellers page. Additionally, the Association donated $100,000 to Binc and, with the support of HarperCollins, placed a full page shop local ad in the The Wall Street Journal. They have also submitted a letter, backed by all nine indie regional executive directors, to the U.S. Senate to address "Potential Aid for Industries Impacted by Coronavirus." The letter will be posted on an emergency resources page on the PNBA website by Friday.
AMIBA The American Independent Business Alliance will host a free "Keeping Commerce Moving during COVID-19" webinar, Thurs., March 19, noon PST.
PubWest PubWest is hosting a Coronavirus Strategy Roundtable designed for small to medium publishers and open to all current PubWest members. The video-enabled call is set for Friday, March 20, 11:00 PST. Contact E.D. Kent Watson.
Facebook Facebook will be offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Sign up here for information on this developing program.
Amazon Yes, strange bedfellows, but maybe it's time to get a little something back? Amazon's "Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund" is intended to help support neighborhood small businesses in Seattle (South Lake Union and Regrade neighborhoods) and Bellevue) with fewer than 50 employees or less than $7 million in annual revenue.
Publishers Creating Offers New Help Added Daily
Many publishers are introducing quickly assembled special terms and deals for indie accounts.
Chronicle Books is offering a special for indie and gift retailers that features an extra 5% discount and 90-day dating at the standard 24-unit minimum. It's valid effective immediately through June 1 for titles published before May 31. All orders include free freight.
NW Hachette rep Shawn Donley checked in to share this letter sent to accounts:
"I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around how much things have changed in the last week or so. It's been heartbreaking to see so many stores struggling during this time. But it has also been inspiring to see the creativity many have incorporated to keep sales coming in.
To provide further help to those stores that are doing home delivery, we quickly put together the [following] promo: Any Hachette (or client) title that is home delivered by bookstore staff will get an additional 5% discount."
Deals are emerging daily, so reach out to your rep if you'd like to know what's in play!
In Case You Missed It
Reading By Threes column debuted this week and will provide great reading themes and display fodder with each installment. Welcome aboard, Colin Rea, and thank you for asking that your column fee be donated to Binc!
In that spirit, NWBL would like to offer to pay for Face Outs received through the end of March. Face Out features (
think blurb or shelftalker) generally come from store staff pick pages, newsletters, or directly from sharing booksellers and are published to promote handsells that can be employed in any store. The reward is that sales and informational links go back to the originating store.
From now through March 31, PNBA will write a $30 check for any original Face Out provided by any bookseller who has lost hours due to Coronavirus measures. One submission per bookseller, and try not to double up any title recently featured as a Face Out (you can search the site or roll through the
Face Out archive). Please include your full name, address, and store affiliation in your
emailed Face Outs.
They're Going to Your Website A Note from ABA IndieCommerce
As customer traffic to bookstores has dropped off due to the pandemic, many stores have turned to heavily promoting their websites as alternative venues for sales and information.
Modified hours or policies, new delivery options, event updates--your ABA IndieCommerce team can help you stay relevant and connected to your customers during this immensely challenging time.
Binc and PRH Create Grant Award Supports Indie Communities
The Binc Foundation and Penguin Random House have teamed up to back Indies With Impact, an award to fund a community outreach project for an independent bookstore working with a community nonprofit or organization of their choice.
One bookstore will be awarded $1,500 to create and implement a program that strengthens their local community and encourages a passion for reading. Applications will be accepted through May 2, 2020.
PNBA Member Notes:
PNBA Address Change
The PNBA office moved Jan. 1 of this year:
520 W. 13th Ave. / Eugene, OR / 97401
Landscape Change for Mountaineers
Seattle-based Mountaineers Books recently announced that Helen Cherullo is moving into the role of Executive Director of Conservation and Advancement while Tom Helleberg, formerly Director of Finance and Operations, steps into the role of Publisher.
Additionally, longtime sales director Darryl Booker will be assuming the role of Director of Sales and Marketing. When PNBA asked Booker if we can still expect to see him out in the field and at the PNBA show, he responded, "I do still intend to mix up in the indie world, it's indie people that make all this worthwhile."
Traveling to Tucson Several PNBA booksellers are among the 59 announced winners of scholarships to ABA's 2020 Children's Institute set for June 22 - 24, Tucson, Arizona.
Liela Browne, BookPeople of Moscow (Moscow, ID) Madison Duckworth, Liberty Bay Books (Poulsbo, WA) Nathaniel Hattrick, Ballast Book Co. (Bremerton, WA) Jenny Pederson, Darvill's Bookstore (Eastsound, WA) Shoshonna Roberts, Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop (Gresham, OR)
Crossing our fingers we'll be beyond Carona and they'll be representing us in Arizona! Tin House Shores Up At Portland's Tin House, Nanci McCloskey has been promoted to associate publisher and director of marketing and sales.
EBBC Workers Unionize Employees of Seattle's Elliott Bay Book Company announced last week the formation of the Book Workers Union. Owner Peter Aaron immediately recognized the effort, stating in part, "the union has expressed a strong devotion to the wellbeing of the store. Since we share this dedication, I have every reason to believe that we can proceed amicably toward a mutually-satisfactory agreement which will ensure and enhance the vitality of the store."