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The Favorite Indie Acronym is Busy
The American Booksellers Association's PNBA Spring Forum will be held on Thursday, April 4, at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.
Travelers, Elliott Bay has recommended you stay at the nearby Silver Cloud Hotel and we have secured a special PNBA room rate of $129 (+tax) and a $19 overnight parking rate.
Instructions for reserving a room
at the Silver Cloud at our group rate are posted on the PNBA website. The deadline to secure a reservation is March 15.
ABA is currently offering a special first-year membership rate of $50 to PNBA member stores. Become a part of the nationwide indie network and enjoy such benefits as ABA's IndieCommerce website program, Kobo eReading partnership, IndieBound marketing resources and Winter Institute tradeshow.
Alexie @ Wi8
2013 PNBA Award winner Sherman Alexie has been announced as one of ABFFE
's "Banned Books, Censorship and YA Literature" speakers at ABA's Winter Institute
. Alexie will appear with Laurie Halse Anderson on Monday, February 25, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Recent Site Highlights
* Susan Richmond's Thinklings column debuted this week, an ode to growing and loving a bookstore.
* Kristianne Huntsberger chronicled a Book Awards evening at Elliott Bay, where G. Willow Wilson went toe-to-toe with Sherman Alexie in the quick wit and charm departments.
* This four out of five makes for a failing grade as far as James Crossley is concerned in his latest Cup of News.
* Amanda MacNaughton reassures us there's no need to apologize for abandoning the adult world to return to a place of honor, integrity and old friends in this nostalgic Bookselling in the Desert.
* Eowyn Ivey explains how peering into a storefront window led to loving her job, discovering a a little book and huge inspiration, writing a bestseller and winning a PNBA Award.
| Survey Says...|
Your Customers Can Make You Better
We liked this article from NAIBA's Feb. 7 NAIBAhood News letter about Manasquan, New Jersey's BookTowne and the staff's New Year's efforts to improve the store.
"We determined we needed feedback from the community and so developed a 10 question survey, with questions that would give us the specific information we needed."
They got the info, and they're already putting what they learned to action in the store. Any time of the year is a good time to get better.
| Schools and Libraries as Customers|
Support Can Be More than Moral
Most PNBA stores were introduced to Turtleback Books at the fall show in October, but through the dogged work of Sales Manager Richard Buthod and his team, they're hoping to become an instantly recognizable entity among the indies.
Turtleback has been producing prebound books for the school and library market for more than 45 years, and they want to make the independents a profitable partner in the endeavor. It might just be that untapped market you've been looking for.
| Beach Books On Broadway|
Seaside Staple Moves to Prime Corner
It's been a whirlwind month for Seaside, Oregon's Beach Books. First, packing, transporting, unpacking and setting up in a new home. Then, a grand opening weekend of wine, cheese, authors, tea, scones, music, more authors! Followed by, well, a major increase in business!
"We're here now and kind of look like we've always been in this wonderful new space. I knew we would be busier because we are so much more visible now that we are on what is arguably the best corner in all of Seaside. But I had no idea just how much busier we would be. We've been open just over two weeks if you count the people coming in as we unloaded boxes, and we have already exceeded last February's total by 50%." -Karen Emmerling, owner
|Opening day, Broadway debut of Beach Books!|
Paz Guiding New Store Launch
Start-up bookstore in downtown Santa Barbara seeks manager with strong interpersonal skills and respect for written word. Must have leadership and management experience, ability to network and create marketing/event opportunities, familiarity with bookstore operations. Generous salary and benefits. Send statement of interest by April 1st to Mark Kaufman at Paz & Associates.
End of the Trail, Start of the Trail
Julie Tate-Libby reports that she and her family have sold Trail's End Book Store in Winthrop, WA. Welcome to the fold, Chris Janikowski.
New Events Maestro for UW
The University Book Store announced that Eileen Hart has been hired as the store's new Events Coordinator. Hart joins Mark Mouser's crew after stints at her mother's antiquarian shop and coordinating merchandising and events at B & N. Stesha Brandon left the University Book Store in late January to become the Program Director at Town Hall Seattle.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has opened its application process for 2013 higher education scholarships. BINC will award up to $100,000 in scholarships to bookstore employees (and their dependents) with at least one year of service in a bricks and mortar bookshop. Here's an informational flyer you can post at the store.
Deal with Diehl
David Diehl is the new NW rep for Schiffer Books. "The illustrious John Murray had carried this for years, but as you know he has retired.
I'm happy to be repping it now, along with my group, Hand Associates."
The deadline to submit nominations for Publishers Weekly's annual Bookstore of the Year and Rep of the Year Awards is March 1. Please submit nominations to Donna Paz Kaufman or Judith Rosen.
Go Team Mimi
Inklings Bookshop's Mimi Applebaum is gearing up for heart surgery. Drop your well wishes on her Facebook page. Good luck, Mimi!
Feb 21 BPNW
May 28 BEA
Oct 6-8 PNBA Tradeshow, Portland
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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