| Shortlist Announced|
2014 Book Awards Finalists!
With an exclamation of, "We've got 'em!," Book Awards Committee Chairman, Christine Deavel (Open Books: A Poem Emporium), delivered the 2014 Book Awards Shortlist to the PNBA office last week.
She added, "We're all pleased how the 12 turned out--good reads and nicely balanced among genres."
Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems
by Robert Wrigley
by Kendare Blake
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
by Emily Winfield Martin
by Joe Sacco
(W.W. Norton & Co.)
by Mary Szybist
The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America
by Langdon Cook
Search Party: Stories of Rescue
by Valerie Trueblood
by Don Waters
(University of Nevada Press)
A Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki
We Live in Water
by Jess Walter
Wolves in the Land of Salmon
by David Moskowitz
Written in Stone
by Rosanne Parry
Read Committee comments here. The winners, up to six titles, will be announced the first week of January.
| Catalog Campaign Contributions|
Web and Display Materials and More!
Both Ingram and Partners/West are offering special terms and packages on titles from the holiday catalog.
Feature the Catalog on Your Store Site
Follow the instructions for embedding the digital catalog with IndieBound links.
Flag HC Titles
A sheet of HC-themed bookmarks is available for dowload. Mark titles for inventory control and discounts.
Visit the HC page on the PNBA website to take advantage of each of these campaign-enhancing resources.
Contact Brian for a full pdf catalog with no purchase links.
| From the HC Pages|
Marketing Director's Picks
Every year I like to highlight a few holiday catalog titles that have become my favorites over the course of the many months of putting the project together.
Some, like this year's cover title, What the Heart Knows, are favorites I cross my fingers to land early in the process. Others are unexpected surprises or books that make their impact only when I've found the time to get beyond the publisher catalog pitch and really get in between the pages.
This year I have a theme: books that possess high art and design concepts that make them what they are-- handselling gold.
Collective nouns are fun for the whole family and this dictionary from the designers at Woop Studios (Chronicle) is a coffee table keepsake. A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras appeals to word nerds, visual artists, animal lovers--seriously, you name it.
Christopher Boffoli's Big Appetites (Workman) is one kooky little collection of miniature model and food installations (cannoli pipeline, linguine carwash). Every customer will pick up this book. May as well just scatter them about.
Those dang kids and their discotheques and 8-tracks! Want them to know why the music in their earbuds exists? The timeline and poppy historical snippets of Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music that Changed the World (Tundra Books) make for a great crash course, but the mini-murals really pack the punch. Two CD set included!
Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground (Schiffer Publishing) rescues us from the Photoshopped celebrity head shot and returns the movie poster to what it once was--art. Fans started the revolution and artists from around the world are now making a movement of it and making a living at it. This art is collectible and this showcase will sell this book.
Emily Winfield Martin's illustrations are fanciful and fantastic, but they're not fluffy. They possess a depth and weight that makes each feel much bigger than the page. It's no surprise, as she first made her reputation as a painter. Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
(Random House) is one dreamy portfolio of her work.
| ABA Helps Promote Indies First|
Tell Your Community What You're Up To
"The American Booksellers Association has created two press release templates and sample social media posts and tweets that stores can use to begin creating their own publicity outreach. The first press release template is for stores that are hosting authors, and the second for stores not hosting authors but participating in Small Business Saturday. Both press releases encourage authors--or anybody who wants to sell a book through a website--to make the indie "Buy" button the first among all e-retailer choices on their websites."
Read the rest of the Bookselling This Week article linking the press release templates along with social media message samples, promotional logos and IndieBound's interactive Indies First map.
| A Gift of Children's Book Art|
Online Auction About to Get Underway
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will launch its holiday auction of original children's book art on Nov. 26. The week-long eBay auction will feature work from the leading artists and illustrators working in book publishing today. More than 50 artists and illustrators contributed to last year's auction.
The holiday auction is the online version of the children's art auction that is held during Book Expo America. Both auctions help support ABFFE's defense of the free speech rights of kids.
| Thanks for Shopping Indie!|
New Designs for Small Biz Saturday
"Based on input from booksellers on the American Booksellers Association's Marketing Task Force, the logo and other materials for this year's Thanks for Shopping Indie promotion have been totally redesigned.
The new graphics, which include the new logo, web banners, and a letter-size poster, were changed to better complement already existing visuals for Small Business Saturday and the grassroots Indies First movement. All three promotions kick off on November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving."
Read the rest of the Bookselling This Week article and find the designs and downloads link at BookWeb.
* One great NW writer pays tribute to another in David Laskin's NW Voices essay, "The Voice in My Head: Ivan Doig as Neighbor, Friend, and Mentor.
* Amanda MacNaughton discovered an open-hearted, open-minded young writer, along with a bit of Dickens in a college trip to England. Another charming edition of Bookselling in the Desert.
* C.B. Bernard takes us along on his search for home and history in his essay "In Alaska, a Connection Deeper than Place," a teaser from Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now.
* Jeffrey Shaffer, The Shelf Talker, loves having the run of the kitchen and feeding any and all literary appetite. Moderation not encouraged.
| 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!
| Pannell Nominations Open |
Is Your Store in the Running?
Since 1983, the Women's National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children's bookselling. The WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.
Every year two winners are selected by a panel of publishing professionals--one award is given to a general bookstore and one a children's specialty bookstore. The store nominations come from customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.
Nominations should be sent to PannellAward@gmail.com by Dec. 15 and should include:
* Name, email, and phone number of person making nomination
* Connection to the store (customer, owner, employee, publisher)
* Brief statement outlining reasons store is being nominated
* Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store
BookPeople Celebrates 40
BookPeople of Moscow celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Nov. 7 bash that included a build your rendition of BookPeople LEGO contest. Visit the store website for a history lesson, including a photo archive and video recollections from BookPeople past.
Left of Epicenter
Kent Sturgis has left Epicenter Press and Aftershock Media. "I am starting a new company, Kent Sturgis Publishing Services, LLC. It will offer consulting, editing, book packaging, and print management, among other services." Kent can be reached by email.
Still a Vandal
Marketing Manager (and former buyer) Patty Carscallen is leaving the VandalStore at the University of Idaho to become Program Manager for the Executive Education Program at the University.
Burien Bookstore Reborn
Jenny Cole and Bill Virgin have opened Page 2 Books in Burien, Washington. The store is a new incarnation in a new location of the store that originally opened in 1989.
|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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