In This Issue
Why Indies Matter
Books on the Bus
Store Makeover
NWBL Noteworthies
Member Notes

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Why Indies Matter
Share the Many Reasons

ABA debuted the new Why Indies Matter campaign at BEA, and now they need stores to champion the message and "to grow the campaign organically and exponentially."


Find out what you can do and exactly how to do it from Bookselling This Week.


Reading and Riding
Putting Books on the Bus

On June 21, King County will launch its first ever book club for bus riders. A project of the nonprofit Transportation Choices Coalition and partners King County Library System, King County Metro and Richard Hugo House, Books on the Bus gets rolling with two main goals:

1)  Create a sense of community on public buses.
2)  Promote reading and discussion in King County.

The project is ongoing, featuring a new book selection every quarter of the year. Participants will read the selection on their bus commutes, then attend an event to celebrate and discuss that book at the end of its quarter. The program's first selection is Hotel Angeline, the collaborative Seattle 7 Writers novel spearheaded by Garth Stein. 

For more information about how Books on the Bus works, visit the Books on the Bus web page.

Bookstores, Get On Board!  


As a part of its effort to deepen community connections, the program will encourage participants to check out the books at the public library or to purchase them at a local, independent bookstores.  


Independent booksellers in King County can participate in Books on the Bus by prominently displaying the quarterly selections and, the program's coordinators hope, offering the books at a discount, suggested at 15%.  


Participating stores will be listed on a page on the program's website and will receive Books on the Bus shelftalkers and stickers to identify the selections.  


To sign up your store email or call Carla Saulter (206-329-2336).    


2012 Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Jonathan Evison signing at BEA
Bookstore Makover
Could Your Store Use a Spruce?

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, The Bookstore Training Group Paz & Associates will award one deserving recipient a bookstore makeover. The chosen bookstore will receive free store design and merchandising services, up to $2,000 in materials and services for improvements, a copy of the staff training video "Bookstore Merchandising Made Easy" and on-site project assistance.


To qualify, a bookseller must: belong to ABA and have been in business for at least ten years within the United States; have an area up to 2,000 square feet of an existing space that could benefit from a design make-over; be willing to provide labor needed for painting, fixture placement, or other tasks; and see the project through from implementation to completion prior to October 15, 2012.

The "before" and "after" story will be spotlighted in an upcoming issue of Indie Bookstore Entrepreneur, Paz & Associates' e-newsletter, and will be shared with book industry publications.

To enter, download the design questionnaire from the Paz & Associates website. Submit the completed questionnaire with photos and a diagram of the store's current layout by July 4, 2012. The winner will be chosen by July 31, 2012.

NWBL Noteworthies              NWBL Flying Bks Sq.

New look, new features, new contributors, new fans. And we've given away a lot of really cool stuff!

Here are a few of the highlights since the
June 1 re-launch:   

Lindsey McGuirk spoke with Jess Walter about his penchant for bringing couples together with Italian profanity.

*  This won't be the last time you see the doodles of Brad Craft on NWBL.

Little Century is poised to be a big hit for first time novelist, long-time Oregon girl Anna Keesey.

George Carroll likens Amazon's attitude and data manipulation to Gaylord Perry and his infamous spitball, and we love him for that.

René Kirkpatrick remembers how reading ahead merely gave her the chance to read Ray Bradbury all over again.

Share Your Favorite Handsells 


Did you know that NWBL regularly features new book recommendations from booksellers in Face Out and that we link all of the titles and book jackets back to the sales sites for the booksellers' stores or IndieBound? Tell us what you love, so we can send more customers your way.

Want to share your reaction conversationally and right away? Don't forget One Nightstand, where anyone can publish a NWBL note about what you are reading or have read. That means you!

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2009 Pacific Northwest Book Award winner Steven Rinella signing at BEA
Member Notes

Many Moons Gone By
Langley, Washington's Moonraker Books celebrated 40 years in business June 15, a day declared "Moonraker Day" by the town's mayor.

BookPeople Goes BookPlush
BookPeople of Moscow has a 40-year history but looks and feels like a completely new store. The store was purchased last December, reopened in February and was officially christened on May 17. Bookselling This Week gave the rundown on the big day.

Agency Model Support Letters Deadline
June 25 is the last day to turn in your letters to the Department of Justice in opposition to the lawsuit against publishers for their use of the "Agency Model" for selling eBooks. Read Executive Director Thom Chambliss' letter from the May edition of Footnotes for submission details.

We Need Your Store Blurbs!
Visits to are up since the June 1 re-launch. If you have not provided a descriptive blurb and/or photo of your store for the Find a Store page, this would be a good time to work something up and take advantage of the exposure. Have fun with it. It's your store--you know what there is to love!

Klindt's Second Annual YA Fest, The Dalles, OR
2012 Calendar 

June 21        BPNW meeting, Seattle
June 21        Books on the Bus begins
June 25        Agency Model support letters to DOJ due 
June 28        NABP meeting, Lake Oswego, OR
Aug 11-14    Seattle Gift Show 

Sept 30        Banned Books Week begins 
Oct 13-15     PNBA Tradeshow, Tacoma     

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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