Saturday, December 30, 2006

PNBA Spring Trade Show

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is now taking registrations for the Spring Trade Show in Portland. Book Publishers Northwest (the Washington-based publisher group) is currently discussing doing a joint catalog with Northwest Association of Book Publishers (the Oregon-based publisher group) for this show. BPNW will also being doing a display at the PNBA Fall Trade Show, which will be held in Bellevue in 2007.

Registration for the 2007 Spring Trade Show is now available online.. PNBA’s Spring Convention and Tradeshow, scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15-17, 2007 at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn. Approximately 300 booksellers from about 100 Northwest stores are expected three days of bookselling and booktalk.

On Thursday, PNBA will produce a full day of FREE educational workshops, including one series for publishers and authors. Exhibits will be open for one day only, Friday March 17th from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. Exhibits may be set up on Thursday, March 16 between 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 - 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 17.

PNBA is also taking orders for an ad in the show program (deadline: Feb. 2), or inserting a flyer in the mail to pre-registered attendees (deadline: March 2) or as a “stuff-it” in attendees’ bookbags (deadline: March 9).

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
2007 Spring Show: Thursday - Saturday, March 15-17, Holiday Inn, Portland Airport
2007 Fall Show: Wednesday - Friday, September 19-21, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA

For more information on 2007 BPNW or NWABP activities, be sure to register for the regional group closest to you. BPNW membership forms are available on this site.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Promoting Spring Titles to NW Booksellers

The deadline for submissions for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's Spring/Summer NW New Title Preview is January 12, 2007. The program helps you target your distribution of free review copies of forthcoming books, ARCs, or galleys directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest.

For $120, PNBA will include your book in an online listing of new and regional titles with jacket art, a blurb, and a linked email address of the contact person at your company for bookseller requests. Booksellers can then e-mail you to request the books. A submission form for this program can be downloaded at:

Taking Refuge in Renton

Here's a storm report from member Bette Filley, Dunamis House:

The good news is, we've got water and a working gas range. (But no way to wash dishes). Our yard is a foot deep in broken branches, but none broke anything or came through the house or barn on the way down. Darn! And we just finished cleaning up all the broken branches from the storm of December 26, 1999.

The bad news is we've got no electricity, no phone service, no cable or internet service. The house went from Warm and Christmassy to bitter cold, dark, and clammy. Several trees are lying across the road coming toward our place, and when they fell, they took the phone poles with them. the street is a jumble of cables and wires.

Our daughter east of Renton got her power back today (day 4), so we've all barged in on her with our empty tummies and dirty laundry.

The power company says they still have 200,000 customers to go, and they're out of telephone poles. They're got to bring in more from out of state, and we may be out of luck until after Christmas!

Hope all is well at your house. Count your blessings, and have a wonderful Christmas.

Bette Filley

Monday, December 18, 2006

Storm Swamps Kirkland Bookstore

From Paciic Northwest Bookseller's Association, we received the following report.

Just weeks after celebrating their 20th Anniversary, Parkplace Books in Kirkland, Washington experienced a devastating flood in this past week's rain and wind storm. Overflowing storm drains drenched the bookstore and a dozen other businesses on Thursday, Dec. 14th, with over 4 inches of water filling the store, rushing in through doors and walls. Relief was hampered by the high winds, which knocked out power all over the Eastside. Downtown Kirkland remained without any power for several days, making it all but impossible to use pumps or dryers to try to save merchandise. Owners Mary Harris and Rebecca Willow are still assessing the damage; carpets have already been pulled up, but the walls must still be dried out before fixtures can be replaced. The store's computers remain operable, and with the restoration of power, the phones are working again. Despite the damaged floors and watery smell, the store will be open for business again on Monday, December 18th, in hopes of salvaging some holiday sales. Says Harris "We even had some sales on Saturday, with customers sloshing about in the dark."

Sales reps wishing to donate books to help replace lost inventory can bring or ship directly to the bookstore, as traffic to the Eastside should be back to normal after Monday.

Larry West, Executive Assistant
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Books & Bubbly Tonight

Book Publishers Northwest celebrates 2007 and wishes all its members a

Happy, Healthy, and Creative New Year!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Microsoft's Live Books

Microsoft is launching an online search service for books called Windows Live Book Search. Participation in the program is open to all rights holders—publishers and authors. Books selected for the program will need to be written in English and have a valid ISBN.

For more information on how this program works, see the
Live Books FAQs.