In This Issue
Looking Ahead to Tacoma
NWBL Noteworthies
Member Notes Galore

Ingram 09/10

NWBL Condo

Partners Skyscraper 11/09


Tacoma Teaser
Show Starts to Take Shape

Sherman Alexie heads a stellar list of breakfast speakers for this year's fall tradeshow, Oct. 13-15 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Alexie's short story collection Blasphemy is due from Grove Press in October. 


The other confirmed breakfast presenters are Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby's Treasure Hunt), Laini Taylor (Days of Blood and Starlight), Ivan Doig (The Bartender's Tale), Jonathan Evison (The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving), Jon Klassen (This Is Not My Hat) and Eowyn Ivey (The Snow Child).


And this is just how we'll start your day! Attendee registration details coming soon.

NWBL Noteworthies 
Recent Site Highlights    

*  Lindsey McGuirk mines the jukebox that is Pauls Toutonghi for some classic country tunes in her latest Conversations interview, and he tells us why his Evel Knievel Days protagonist is lucky he's written and not real.

*  George Carroll does his rep business the old-fashioned way--save maybe the laptop--in his North-North-West column.

*  Portland author Natalie Serber writes to make sense of the world and cooks to bring tangible love to the table.
*  In her Bookselling in the Desert column, Paulina Springs Books' Amanda MacNaughton ponders a new handselling technique for frustratingly tough sell books with gay protagonists. It's called, "Read the damn book--it won't kill you!"

*  PNBA's marketing director explains how to get a free glass of wine out of Jim Harrison.

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!

NWBL Now on Twitter!
Follow us.

Get Involved on Facebook
Keep up and join in.

Our fans receive alerts when we post a new story, column, interview or recommendation. And if you'd like our followers to know about news and events happening at your store, post it on our Facebook wall. There's no easier way to catch the attention of 700 verified NW book lovers!
Member Notes

Highly Qualified
René Kirkpatrick tells us she'll need to update her NWBL contributor bio. The Folded & Gathered columnist and professional bookseller, formerly of Third Place Books, All for Kids and the University of Oregon Bookstore, is now the manager of Mockingbird Books at Green Lake, Seattle. You can send congratulatory comments here.

Not So Crazy
PNBA member author and C3 Publications owner George Wright had the "bare bones of a crazy idea" that's about to become a reality. The Crazy Eights Author Tour--eight Oregon towns; eight stores and, roughly, eight authors per stop--has coalesced better than Wright had even hoped. Check out his formidable "gangs of writers" on the C8 tour page and dare to think crazy about your own events.

Island's Best
The residents of Bainbridge Island voted Eagle Harbor Book Co. the island's Best Retailer in the 2012 Inside Bainbridge Best of the Island contest. Congrats on the IBBI!

Bob's Beach Blowout
It starts with a simple four-author panel at Lincoln City's Bijou Theatre and then blows up into a 50-author speaking and signing party in the plaza! It's the Bob's Beach Books 2012 Northwest Author Fair, and it's happening August 25. 

Finally Reopened
Black Diamond, Washington has a bookstore once again. Baker Street Books said goodbye to the community in April, was purchased at the 11th hour, then shut down, revamped and has now reopened as Finally Found Books. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the story from the Maple Valley Reporter.

Portland State University Bookstore has left the ranks of the independents, recently being purchased by Nebraska Book Company. NBC owns over 250 college stores nationwide.

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!

2012 Calendar 

July 18         Publisher holiday catalog ad deadline
Aug 11-14    Seattle Gift Show 

Aug 15         Bookstore holiday catalog order deadline
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.
If you don't see photos or images in this version of our newsletter, try viewing it from our website. We post the newsletter to our website within a few days of emailing it.