| BookWeb Reboot|
Look and Navigation Upgraded
Here's what ABA had to say about the greatly improved BookWeb.org: "With clean, uncluttered page layouts and upgrades to improve ease-of-use, the new BookWeb is the result of months of work on the part of ABA staff and lots of great input from members of the Booksellers Advisory Council and the ABA Board. The new BookWeb houses all of the same great information, but with added features and a merging of all of ABA's programs and resources under one roof."
Visit the site and you'll notice improvements such as the IndieBound-exclusive sidebar and a cleaner and expanded navigation bar with links to Bookselling This Week alerts and IndieCommerce.
For questions about accessing member's only content, contact Member Relations Manager Nathan Halter. For general questions or feedback on the new site, contact Membership and Marketing Officer Meg Smith.
| June is International Crime Month|
Inaugural Event to Kick Off at BEA
On May 28, the eve of BEA, New York City's Mysterious Bookshop will play host to the first ever International Crime Month event.
A Northeast tour led by the movement's founding collaborators, a shadowy group of four independent press crime figures, will play out over the course of the next month, wrapping up with a June 29 presentation at the American Library Association annual meeting in Chicago.
Contrary to many of the stories they publish, these guys want to be noticed, tracked, and found out in hopes of adding additional presses and events across the country next year.
Recent Site Highlights
* Paulina Springs Books' Amanda MacNaughton explains her unique and sometimes awkward position as both subject of and seller of her father's memoirs in a Bookselling in the Desert
with a twist.
* Portland author Peter Rock talks cosmology and the "coolest forts in the world" in conversation with Kristianne Huntsberger about his latest novel, The Shelter Cycle. * George Carroll serves up quite the travel pitch for Portugal--it's books, it's food, it's music--in our first installment of Taste.
* It's often difficult to chat with your dentist, but John Marshall passed up the chance even before his started to work on his new crown. Here's to suppressing the rant, the latest From the Poetry Frontier.
|Helen Bernhard Bakery, 1717 NE Broadway, Portland|
Seattle is "All for Boston"
This Friday, May 17, University Bookstore plays host to an "All for Boston" fundraiser in honor of Adrianne Haslet-Davis and her husband, Adam, who were both seriously injured in the marathon bombing. Haslet-Davis is the daughter of Seattle's All for Kids, Books & Music (1987-2008) owner, Chauni Haslet.
René Kirkpatrick, a longtime All for Kids employee and now co-owner of Eagle Harbor Books, was the first to tip us off about the event: "I thought that, as someone who has done as much as Chauni has for the book world, it would be good if others knew what was going on and when."
PNBA's Down Under Division
Queen Anne bookseller, PNBA Board VP and NWBL's online editor, Tegan Tigani, is in Australia with her husband for a friend's wedding. She checked in with this:
"Australia is amazing! I got to hold a koala at the Australian Zoo yesterday, and it was one of the most incredible experiences!!! I could have cuddled that creature all day. Had some great hikes and swims in a coastal national park and spent a few days trying to find koalas in the wild, too. It's been a blast. Now it's time for us to explore Brisbane. But a little work first!"
She's doing some store buying and NWBL editing when intermittent internet allows and "feeling very, very lucky to be able to do this!"
Third Place Upstaged
Since the store's opening in 1998, Third Place Books has hosted free Friday and Saturday evening concerts in the Commons, the hub connecting the bookstore to the building's other tenants. Under a new lease arrangement, Third Place Books no longer controls the Commons area, putting weekend music on hold while the Friends of Third Place Commons, a neighborhood nonprofit, discuss with the landlord the possibility of a new musical arrangement.
IndieBound Reporting Reminder
Make your sales count! The bestselling books at your small store count just as much as those from the big guys and they all make a huge difference in the way that publishers and authors respond to your store and other indies in our region.
All it takes is a little set-up and the weekly click of a button to help increase attention paid to the value and power of the independents. Review these instructions for performing weekly uploads to BookScan and ABA. Need help with the technicalities? Contact Pete Reynolds. Not yet a member of ABA? Contact Member Relations Manager Nathan Halter.
Nancy From Now On
Time to update your address book email entry for Nancy Suib. Please delete the old earthlink address and replace with this new one.
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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