In This Issue
Taking the Show to Tacoma
Book People Helping Book People
Banned Books Bonanza
NWBL Noteworthies
Member Notes Galore

Ingram 09/10

Partners Skyscraper 11/09

  NWBL Condo

Taking the Show to Tacoma
First Night In-Store Event Added

The 2012 PNBA Tradeshow will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. The Murano is an independently owned, art-themed hotel, with beautiful decor, excellent service, and a fine restaurant. Just being there will add a real flair to the show. 

When you're ready to book, click on the Murano logo on PNBA's show page and you'll automatically receive the special show rate of $129 per night, just as soon as you plug in your dates. 

And even though it's gorgeous, we will pull you out of the hotel for at least one evening during the show. PNBA and King's Books are proud to introduce the Northwest Classics First Night Buffet on Saturday, Oct 13 at 6:30pm. Enjoy free food, the company of your fellow booksellers and librarians, and signings from several highly accomplished Northwest authors in the cozy atmosphere of an authentic bookstore, just ten blocks from the hotel!

From there, it's back to the hotel and on to The Nightcapper . . . 
Book People Helping Book People
You Never Know When You Might Need BINC

Booksellers attending this year's PNBA show in Tacoma will have the chance to meet a new exhibitor. Here's what GLIBA's Executive Director Deb Leonard had to say about BINC:


"I wanted to let you all know about the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. This is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides financial emergency assistance to booksellers experiencing an unexpected financial crisis. The organization began as the Borders Group Foundation, with a mission to help BGI employees and their families. Last year they expanded their focus to include booksellers at large. The foundation is based here in Ann Arbor. I was familiar with them when my husband was a BGI employee, and I have met with several members of the organization in the last few months. They are on the up and up, and it is a great program."

You can familiarize yourself with BINC and its assistance process on the Bookseller Programs page at
Banned Books Week Bonanza
Make Your Statement Against Censorship

ABFFE is providing a wealth of resources for your store to join the campaign against literary censorship during Banned Books Week, Sept. 29 - Oct. 6.

Last year's Internet Read-Out was a smashing success and will be at the center of the 2012 campaign. Visit ABFFE's read-out page for examples of celebrity, author and bookseller videos from last year, as well as written and video instructions on how to produce and share your own for this year's effort.

Additionally, ABFFE has created a new poster and updated some of the past year's designs for download and display in your store. They are also offering deals on some of their popular t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers and bookmarks through the ABFFE online store.

ABFFE encourages you to upload your efforts and events to the state-by-state listing at the official Banned Books Week website.
NWBL Noteworthies 
Recent Site Highlights    

*  Overcoming uncooperative electronics, Thom Chambliss and René Kirkpatrick were able to get to the real "chicken guts" of Ivan Doig's writing in an interview with the king of the Pacific Northwest Book Award.

*  NWBL's Jamie Passaro interviewed Seattle historian Paula Becker about the legacy of Betty MacDonald and the rescue of commemorative doorknobs.

*  Miriam Landis mused on those (at least for now) one-hit-wonders that will, thankfully, never leave her consciousness in Reading-Related Rambles.

*  Susan and Adam of Inklings Bookshop paid sweet and hilarious tribute to Nora Eprhron.
*  Elliott Bay's Kristianne Huntsberger seriously intuited the recent heat wave with her Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream missive.

*  Love in Ilwaco, Poe in summertime and crows for everyone from Brad Craft in Doodles.

Share Your Favorite Handsells 


Did you know that NWBL regularly features 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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Member Notes

Calling Alaska Stores
The Michael Pritikin Rural Library Project is looking for an Alaska library to be the recipient of this year's tradeshow donation. Please send a paragraph or two describing the library and why it could use a truck full of donated books to program coordinator Colin Rea by Aug. 31.

Shifting Gigs
We just received this news from longtime Wilcher Associates NW sales rep Christine Foye: "Hey, guys--you will get an official notice from S&S today or tomorrow that I am the new Northwest (and Denver) sales rep for Simon & Schuster, starting September 4." 

Word is, Amy Schoppert is headed back to school. Study hard, Amy! And congratulations, Christine!

NABP No More, For Now
The Board of Directors for the Northwest Association of Book Publishers recently voted to "close the organization in its current legal and financial form." The group's Executive Director, Paul Gerald, reports that a committee is already exploring the possibilities of a new organizational form and a future for the association.

Wathen Honored
Sean Wathen, co-owner of Hamilton, MT's Chapter One Book Store, has been honored by Humanities Montana with a 2012 Humanities Hero award. Read the full story at Bookselling This Week. Way to go, Sean!

World Book Night, Behind and Ahead
This year was a blast and a success. Mark your calendars for next year; you guessed it, April 23.

Four Decades for Edmonds Bookshop
The Edmonds, Washington indie quietly marked forty years in business in July.  

Kids Catalog
The ABC Children's Group's 2012 Best Books for Children catalog is in production and they have released the list of 200+ featured books. ABA general members will receive 20 copies of the catalog for store handout and ABC-specific stores will receive 250. An order form is available for larger quantities, but priority orders are due today! 

Green Bean's Wish Granted
The children's store has been selected to receive one of the Portland Development Commission's coveted Storefront Improvement Program grants and plans for a facelift and covered events patio are underway. The store also launched an Indiegogo campaign to pad the grant and fully complete the upgrades. 

One Storefront Down
Much like the move made by Third Street Books earlier this year (April Member Notes), St. Helens Book Shop is going for a sleeker presence. Owner Lori Cardiff said in a note to customers: "The big problem, expenses keep going up and sales keep going down. It doesn't take a business degree to realize that this is not sustainable. 
I have decided that in order to continue to serve this community it will be necessary to shrink my floor space. Starting September 1st we will occupy only one of the two storefronts we currently rent."


Shipping Books?
Bonner's Books, Bonners Ferry, ID, has hundreds of second-hand padded book mailing envelopes, boxed and in good condition. Also available, boxed and clean, quality mixed packing material. FREE. Email if interested.  

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, 2013 Calendar   

Sept 13        ABA IndieCommerce Inst., White Plains, NY
Sept 30        Banned Books Week begins 
Oct 13-15     PNBA Tradeshow, Tacoma 
Feb 22-25     Winter Institute 8, Kansas City
May 28         BEA begins, NYC    

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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