The Nightcapper: It's a Party!
Positive Reports from the Show
Both Shelf Awareness and Publisher's Weekly used the word "upbeat" in their recaps, but if you were there, you didn't need to read it to know that this year's tradeshow was fueled by some seriously good energy!
Meal events were packed, lively and, at times, downright inspiring.
First-time exhibitors filed orders and racked up new accounts.
Publishers and authors stuck around for evening events and polished off long days in the hotel bar sharing booths with booksellers.
Authors Willy Vlautin and Peter Hoffmeister work out with their Feast windfall
Here are a few of the many positive things we heard from show-goers:
"As one of the many signing authors I benefited in so many ways--I am proud to be a publisher/author member of this great organization. I met so many wonderful readers--what a blessing."
--Abbe Rolnick, author of Color of Lies
"I wanted to thank you all for a wonderful show! Two of our orders placed at the show have already shown up, with about a half a dozen more on the way."
--Diana Portwood, Bob's Beach Books
Booksellers put their feelers on catalog titles for the first time
"To say the show was a success is a huge understatement. Not only was the PNBA tradeshow great for my business, but it felt like it was a huge party at the same time. At the end of the day I was exhausted. I had stores nonstop the entire day and it felt great."
--Greg Chickman, Chickman Associates
"I just wanted to say thanks for an awesome show and for supporting us throughout. We came away with a few orders and tons of great leads... NEIBA was great for us too, so overall a good week for our wholesale launch. It's making for a very busy week now, but that's definitely a good thing."
--Corey Fein, Litographs
|BuzzBooks Champ |
Newly Discovered NW Gem
Bainbridge Island's Carol Cassella's forthcoming novel Gemini (Simon & Schuster, March) was the winner of this year's BuzzBooks contest on the show floor in Portland.
Gemini tells the intertwining-and heartrending-stories of an emergency room physician and her critically-injured patient, known only as Jane Doe.
Booksellers and librarians received the pitch from the author, herself, and were sold on this medical mystery that is also a love story and exploration of family, with a complex moral dilemma at its heart.
by Carol Cassella
Simon & Schuster
Three $100 prizes were awarded to participants who made the contest rounds and cast their votes:
--Kathleen Benton, Moscow Public Library, Moscow, ID
--Darilee Bednar, 3rd Street Book Exchange, Marysville, WA
--Sharon Neumann, Annie Bloom's Books, Portland, OR
Thanks for playing!
|2013 Tradeshow Sponsors|
Thank You, One More Time!
Celebration of Authors
Feast of Authors
Show Floor Book Bags
Feast of Authors Bags
|Rural Library Haul |
Idaho Library Stocks Up
Volunteers from the Wallace Public Library
, Wallace, ID, pulled a U-Haul up to the loading dock of the convention center at show's end and loaded up 31 cartons of donated books valued at approximately $14,000.
This year's Michael Pritiken Rural Library Project beneficiary was nominated by Vanderford's Books & Office Products, of Sandpoint, ID.
Thank you to all exhibitors who donated from their show displays.
* Get up to speed on Seattle's official "City of Literature" bid in articles from Kristianne Huntsberger and James Crossley.
* James Crossley considers Hendrix on the typewriter and the Angry Birds exterminator in his back-to-school edition of A Cup of News.
* Before posing his first question, Robin Cody begins his interview with fellow author Stevan Allred by stating, "This Stevan Allred guy is knowledgeable about logging. And about beef cattle. And about pole dancing."
* Amanda MacNaughton revels in the perpetual Sherlock Holmes and (and on-demand TV!) in this elementary edition of Bookselling in the Desert.
|ABA Educational Opportunities|
Intro to Book Business/Health Care Reform
Prospective and New Bookstore Owners
ABA will host a pre-Winter Institute workshop in Seattle titled "How to Succeed at Retail Bookselling," Jan 21, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The program will be presented by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates Bookstore Training Group.
Affordable Care Act Reforms Roll Out
If you missed the "Healthcare Reform and the Bookstore" presentation by ABA and Small Business Majority on Education Day at the fall show, you can still catch up. Visit ABA's Healthcare Reform Advocacy page at BookWeb. Members can also watch the PowerPoint presentation used at the show.
| Fast Start for Indies First|
Plenty of Time to Join the Throng!
In the six weeks since Sherman Alexie first asked authors to sign up for a shift at an indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday, more than 500 authors and bookstores have answered the call.
Small Business Saturday is Nov 30, so there are still several weeks to organize author/bookstore partnerships in support of the Indies First campaign. Calling all "gorgeous book nerds!"
| World Book Night 2014|
Sign Up Your Store
The sign up period is open for bookstores wishing to be host stores for the April 23, 2014 event. If you're a bookseller who loves reading and is willing to promote and celebrate the almighty book, your store is a candidate!
If you missed the chance to chat with WBN Executive Director Carl Lennertz at the tradeshow, do the next best thing and visit the WBN website for details.
Annie's Looking Good at 35
Portland's Annie Bloom's Books will begin its 35th Anniversary celebration on Oct 29, with daily giveaways through that Friday, when the party will peak in conjunction with the local First Friday in the Village event.
Island Books Just a Few Pies Shy of 40
Island Books invites all Mercer Island neighbors to share their stories from the store's 40-year run at a 40th Anniversary Pie Potluck on Nov 3. Owner Roger Page shared one of his favorites to get the spirit rolling: "The Front Door."
A Character to Remember
PNBA received news that Jim Estes of Mapleton, Oregon's Alpha-Bit cafe and bookstore passed away at the age of 91 the day before the tradeshow.
Estes was a PNBA institution, for years making the hour long trip to Eugene to hand deliver the store's annual member dues and pick up printed back-issues of Footnotes. Jim called the office just a few days before the tradeshow and was looking forward to hitting the floor in Portland.
We'll definitely miss spotting that classic Woody Guthrie denim jacket coming through the door.
Read Estes' fascinating Family Tribute here.
New One-der in the World
Hamilton, Montana's Chapter One Book Store co-owner Mara Lynn Luther gave birth to Mikaela Skye Downing on September 26. Co-owner Shawn Wathen told Shelf Awareness, "We start training ASAP."
New GM at VB
Village Books has promoted Community Outreach Director Paul Hanson to the position of General Manager. Hanson joined the Bellingham store in 2011 after sixteen years at Eagle Harbor Books, on Bainbridge Island. Hanson is a former PNBA president and is a longtime member of the Education Committee. And, yes, he's also the guy who got hitched at Village Books this summer!
La Conner, Washington's The Next Chapter closed shop at the end of September. Owner Lisa Nielsen said that 2012 was the best year since she bought the store in 2008, but she just needed to have more time for her three kids. She was disappointed she couldn't find a buyer but is positive about the fact that there are so many healthy and dynamic indies in the area.
|2013, 2014 Calendar
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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