| Tradeshow Future|
It's Bright, It's Booked
PNBA has contracts set for the 2013 and 2014 tradeshows, and the venues are both proven winners for the association's needs.
This year, Sun-Tues, Oct. 6-8, we'll be back in Portland at the Holiday Inn at the Portland Airport. The hotel recently completed a remodel of all guest rooms and has still agreed to extend the same base room rate to our group as we received in 2011. That's just $99, up to four occupants per room. That's one inexpensive bookseller party. And, as always, parking is ample and free. Details on the 2013 show will emerge on PNBA.org beginning in May.
The folks at Tacoma's Murano were so happy with our show that they bent over backwards to get us to come back. We have signed a contract to return in 2014, Fri-Sun, Sept. 26-28. That's Lynsey and Susan, above, literally doing a happy dance, PNBA contract in hand. They liked us. They really liked us.
Recent Site Highlights
* The 2013 Pacific Northwest Book Awards were announced on Jan 7.
* Jonathan Evison, a PNBA award-winner for both 2012 and 2013, was the first of the six winners to have his "acceptance" essay run. It garnered a good deal of attention and inspired a retort at The Nervous Breakdown. NWBL has arrived!
* G. Willow Wilson followed up Evison in the winner's column with a heartfelt and hopeful story for her "uniquely jumbled-up Northwestern audience."
* Jeffrey Shaffer referenced "The Twilight Zone" in a promotional review of a 1940s book and managed to be timely and relevant in the latest installment of The Shelf Talker.
* Christine Deavel's interview introduced Lucia Perillo to many NW readers just two weeks prior to the announcement that she'd won a 2013 Book Award. We let Perillo off the hook with her winner's essay, thinking it wasn't fair to make her do the assignment twice.
|Holiday catalog theme window, Sage Book Store, Shelton, WA|
Spend 20 Hours a Week with Sasquatch
The position of Marketing Assistant at Seattle's Sasquatch Books is
a part-time marketing-focused position responsible for supporting sales, publicity, and marketing staff and functions. Primary responsibilities include executing sales and publicity mailings, creating and distributing marketing materials, and managing book event listings. Other requirements include computer literacy, familiarity with social media, strong writing and editing skills, visual awareness, and organizational skills.
Interested? Please email a cover letter and resume to Lisa Hay.
Carroll ClarifiesGeorge Carroll reported that last month's news of his picking up Christine Foye's lines when she moved to S & S led some to speculate the end of Wilcher Associates in the NW. "Not true, at all. I've joined them, selling the lines in the Northwest. The only difference is their gender diversity rating plummeted when I started."
He also noted he's acquired the University of Iowa Press, previously handled by the recently-retired John Murray.
Bye Bye Brandon
After nearly ten years on the job and countless events, Stesha Brandon recently left her position as Manager of Public Relations and Events at the University Bookstore. "While I'm sorry to be leaving the bookstore, I'm delighted to say that I'm not going far! As of January 28, I will be the new Program Director at Town Hall Seattle, an organization that is close to my heart. As a cultural venue Town Hall Seattle produces some of the best book-related programming in the city."
Stesha, we hope we see you around the book world.
Third Street Turns Back the Clock
"We will no longer be selling books online. Either paper or electronic. After much discussion with other booksellers and a hard look at the numbers, I decided that financially it just doesn't make sense for us to continue with e-commerce. We know that some of you have been diligent supporters of our website, but unfortunately, you cannot prop it up alone! So while we will still have a website, you will no longer be able to browse our selection or order books from us online.
We encourage you to continue to place your orders online, just send us an email. For years, this is how lots of people ordered books from us, and some continued to even when we got our new site."
--Sylla McClellan, owner, Third Street Books, McMinnville, OR
The Oregonian reported the news that Portland's Murder By the Book will close after thirty years in business this April. Owners Barbara Tom and Carolyn Lane are ready to retire, and the store will join them if a buyer cannot be found. "So far we have not found others who want to take on the labor of love that an independent bookstore represents. We will be making a concerted effort to find some kind of successor in the next few weeks and months."
|The theme continues inside Sage|
New address, phone and fax
American Booksellers Association
333 Westchester Avenue, Suite S202
White Plains, New York 10604
Accounting/Membership Fax: (914) 417-4013
General Fax: (914) 410-6297
|Sage Book Store: "The customers LOVED it!"|
|2013 Calendar |
Jan 17 BPNW
Jan 27, 28 PNBA Board
Retreat, Troutdale, OR
Feb 21 BPNW
Now On NWBL
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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