Bookstores Pop Up and Close Down

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announced several bookstore deals, including a pop-up store in Bremerton and the possible closure of the Eastside’s last independent bookseller.

Pop-Up Store Appears in Bremerton
Liberty Bay Books of Poulsbo, Washington, is testing the waters in nearby Bremerton, a town of 40,000 with no regular bookstore! Owner Suzanne Droppert has opened a pop-up store for the holidays and will  expanding to a permanent store there if the  venture goes well.

Village Books Dreams Up A Second Location
Bellingham’s Village Books & Paper Dreams opens its second location, in Lynden, Washington, on November 20. According to their website, Village Books & Paper Dreams will operate in about 3000 square feet of the renovated Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street. The store will offer a combination of books, gifts, and cards.  “We’re thrilled to be opening in Lynden,” said co-owner Chuck Robinson. Village Books, founded by Chuck and Dee Robinson, will celebrate its 35th anniversary in June.  The Robinsons opened Paper Dreams in the fall of 1982 in an adjacent location on Eleventh Street in Bellingham’s Fairhaven Historic District.  In recent years the two stores have been opened into one another, and have become more integrated in merchandising, management, and personnel.

Parkplace Displaced And Seeks New Partner
Parkplace Books in Kirkland, Washington, must move or close. After 29 years in the Parkplace Center mall, they are losing their space to mall renovations. Parkplace co-owner Rebecca Willow will take the opportunity to retire but reports that her business partner Mary Harris would love to find a new partner or owner to help continue the business. In anticipation of either closure or relocation, the store is looking to downsize inventory and fixtures, including 4′ wide double-sided floor gondolas on wheels. Contact Parkplace, 425-828-6546, if interested in partnership or store items.

Thom Chambliss Announces Retirement


Thom Chambliss

After 22 years of running Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, executive director Thom Chambliss announced earlier this month that he will retire in February of 2016. “After this year’s show in Portland, it was obvious to me that that was my last show. I was worse than exhausted; I was drained. I could not believe how badly my feet hurt. And, yes, I wore my most comfortable shoes,” he said in a recent Footnotes article.

PNBA’s Board of Directors has begun the search for a new Director with an open application process through Nov. 30. The job description and submission guidelines can be found at the organization’s website.

Book Publishers Northwest owes many promotions and past programs to Chambliss’ unflagging goodwill. He often dropped by when he was in Seattle and constantly recommended the group to publishers getting started. “We wish him the very best in retirement,” said Rosemary Jones. “And I’ll miss all those great conversations about the book business that we had at so many shows.”

Advertising in 2016 at PNBA

Larry at Pacific Northwest Booksellers Trade Association wants to remind all publishers that the the January 2016 edition of PNBA’s Northwest New Title Preview is coming up.

PNBATacoma_2016How it works: Northwest New Title Preview targets the distribution of free review copies of forthcoming books, ARCs, or galleys directly to bookstore buyers in the Northwest. For $150, PNBA will include your book in a direct to desktop listing of new and regional titles with jacket art, blurb, and a linked contact at your company for bookseller requests. PNBA sends booksellers the listings, and they e-mail you to request the books.

Deadline for materials is January 8.

The Bookseller Blast

Like the straight-to-300-booksellers exposure offered by Northwest New Title Preview but want your book to stand out? Try PNBA’s Bookseller Blast, a single-title info and imaged filled e-flyer sent straight to the screens of those same 300 booksellers, as well as 100 NW media contacts! See PNBA’s Ad Rates page for more information.

Information about all of PNBA’s services for publishers can be found at their website.

Wordstock tickets going fast

wordstock2015bannerThe organizers of Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival have added a number of events during and around  November 7. Tickets for workshops and events happening at the Portland Art Museum are selling fast.  Updates to the schedule include:

  • 65 pop-up readings and musical performances will take place throughout the Portland Art Museum galleries during the festival. (This is in addition to the 40+ on-stage author events.)
  • Chefs Bonnie Morales (Kachka), Priscilla Umeda (Sur La Table Cooking Classes), and Chris Carriker (Bluehour Restaurant) will join author Mark Schatzker (The Dorito Effect) OPB’s Think Out Loud: Food and Flavor event with Dave Miller.
  • Singer-songwriter of The Decemberists’ and author of the Wildwood Chronicles, Colin Meloy, will join OPB’s Oregon Art Beat and State of Wonder events during the festival.
  • Northwest Film Center, Back Fence PDX, and Live Wire Radio are presenting events with Wordstock authors the evening before the festival (Friday, November 6) and the evening of the festival (Saturday, November 7).
  • The inaugural Lit Crawl Portland, a collaboration between Wordstock and San Francisco’s Litquake Foundation, includes 18 literary events taking place immediately after the festival at venues across SE Portland’s Industrial District
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November 16 Meeting: Designing Bookcovers

blankbook_freeimagesA book’s cover is a key element for purchasing decisions by both booksellers and readers. In this session led by Waverly Fitzgerald, we will show how a great cover declares a book’s genre and theme. We’ll explore why book covers must follow current trends, including branding for series titles and for an author’s single-title books. These tactics are applicable for fiction or nonfiction publishers.

We’ll offer tips for how to work with a book designer, and provide handouts to help you negotiate a contract and supervise workflow so that you get the results you need to market a book.

Location and Time

BPNW’s Nov. 16 meeting will start at 6 pm in Room 221 at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle. Book Publishers Northwest’s meetings are free and open to anyone interested in the business of book publishing.

Free parking is available on site. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited on all Good Shepherd Center premises by the landlord Historic Seattle.  BPNW also asks that all attendees respect the wishes of our members with allergies and refrain from wearing heavy perfumes or bringing non-service animals into a meeting.

Parenting Press Uses Pinterest Boards

Parenting Press uses Pinterest boards to help parents and teachers find titles of interest. Their newest Pinterest page shows off its Spanish and bilingual books. Pinterest is a photo-bookmarking platform with a 100 million subscriber base. Among social media advertisers, it is seen as a alternative to Facebook and Twitter. Setting up Pinterest pages is free (for now) and material can be sorted by categories such as Parenting Press has created:

BPNW  member Parenting Press shows off Spanish titles on Pinterest

BPNW member Parenting Press shows off Spanish titles on Pinterest