|World Book Night|
In Our Corner and Everywhere
It's giver pick-up week, April 15-22, so participating bookstores will enjoy some extra, very enthusiastic community traffic, and many will celebrate with their book disseminating neighbors. "Tons of giver receptions!," says WBN director, Carl Lennertz.
Check out the WBN Facebook page to get a feel for the frenzy. For tips and rules, logos and posters, book descriptions, press releases, giver thank you certificates and more, visit the WBN Bookseller Resources page.
| Summer Reading|
As Easy as ABC
The American Booksellers Association's ABC Children's Group launches its "Give Me Summer! Give Me Books!" campaign later this month. This program is designed for local schools and independent bookstores to team up to encourage kids to keep the pages turning all summer long.
Bookstore support materials, including signage, bookmarks, press release copy and reader certificates, will be available to ABA members in the Bookseller DIY pages.
Recent Site Highlights
* Lindsey McGuirk delivered two interviews this month, discussing not just new books with Monica Drake
and Jennie Shortridge
, but also Drake's personal publicity director, a guy named Palahniuk, and Shortridge's ephemera-based idea file.
* Brad Craft went Biblically epic with his latest column and sketch. Beware, The Beast.
* Jeff Shaffer, The Shelf Talker, carries store bookmarks on his person, and he's not afraid to use them.
| BINC Sholarships|
Still Available, Still Time!
Up to 35 higher ed scholarships will be awarded by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation this year, and as of last week, fewer than 70 completed applications had been received for the $2,500 or $5,000 awards. BINC will award up to $100,000 total to bookstore employees (and their dependents) with at least one year of service in a bricks and mortar bookshop. The deadline is April 18. Throw your hat in the ring here.
"Finally I went to a group that was all guys, and it was so brutal! It was 12 guys sitting in a circle in their cycling shorts, and they're like, 'Ok, go. Did you like the book? No. How about you? Hated it.' And then they were done with me! Seven minutes and I was just left to drink their beer. The next question they asked me after they all said whether they liked or hated the book--and it was like 10 to 2 against--was, 'So, do you cycle?' --Jonathan Evison (pictured with co-owner René Kirkpatrick and events coordinator, Victoria Irwin) on the difference between women's ('gracious, civil') and men's book groups, during his 2013 Book Award acceptance performance at Eagle Harbor Book Co.
Who'd Like to be Hearthside?
In a letter first sent to customers last month: "After almost 38 years (wow we were young!) since opening our doors in Merchants' Wharf to Juneau's readers, we are now on a path to retirement. This may take a year or two but we are now officially looking for a buyer for our business. Neither of us is leaving Juneau and will continue to keep Hearthside's two locations operating throughout this process." --Susan Hickey & Deb Reifenstein
Epicenter Joins the Book Travelers
Enhancing its 25th anniversary celebration, Epicenter Press
has signed on with Book Travelers West. The press, established in Fairbanks in 1988, The press has published more than 130 titles, specializing in regional nonfiction books about Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
Mural Mural on the Wall
Northwest Scholastic rep Chris Satterlund wants PNBA stores to have the chance to land a store visit and wall painting by bestselling, award-winning children's author and illustrator, and former Spokane resident, Mark Teague! Why should Teague bring his paint brushes to your store? Tell 'em here
Changes at NWBL
Tegan Tigani, bookseller at Seattle's Queen Anne Book Company and PNBA board member, has been hired as the new online editor for NWBookLovers.org. In March, Jamie Passaro left PNBA to spend more time with her two young girls.
Tigani can be contacted concerning NWBL here
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 Tegan Tigani for guidelines and scheduling.
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