Portland Book Festival Set For November

Literary Arts brings back the Portland Book Festival on Saturday, November 9. The Oregon event invites  readers of all ages to the largest celebration of books and writing in the Pacific Northwest. There will be 100+ authors, 90+ vendors, 9 stages, 14 writing workshops, food trucks, and satellite bookstores from indie bookselling partners Annie Bloom’s Books, Broadway Books, Green Bean Books, and Powell’s Books, at the 2019 Festival in downtown Portland, Oregon.

The featured authors at this year’s festival include Laurie Halse Anderson, Jericho Brown, Malcolm Gladwell, Mitchell S. Jackson, Saeed Jones, Elizabeth McCracken, Tim O’Brien, Morgan Parker, Ambassador Susan Rice, Rainbow Rowell, Karen Russell, Raina Telgemeier, Renée Watson, G. Willow Wilson, and many more.

Adult advance passes are $15 (day-of passes are $20) and include a $5 voucher to spend at the  book fair.  Youth 17 and under or with high school ID attend for free. Festival passes include all-day admission to the Portland Art Museum. Learn more at portlandartmuseum.org/pdxbookfest/

IBPA Publishing University 2020 Deadlines

The Independent Book Publishing Association is making plans for their popular Publishing University aimed at independent publishers as well as authors interested in publishing their own work. The 2020 Publishing University will take place in Redondo Beach, California, in April. The multi-day event covers everything from editing to marketing. Registration opens September 1, 2019.

To be held in the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel from April 2-4, 2020, the event is expected to draw hundreds of independent publishers and authors from across the country together. Each year IBPA grants a number of scholarships for those publishers who would like to attend but can’t afford the fees.

If interested in the 2020 Publishing University, here’s some deadlines courtesy of IBPA:

  • September 1, 2019: IBPA Publishing University 2020 registration opens
  • October 1, 2019: IBPA Publishing University 2020 Call for Speakers application closes
  • November 30, 2019: IBPA Publishing University 2020 scholarship application closes
  • December 15, 2019: Complimentary hotel night raffle closes
  • February 15, 2020: IBPA Publishing University 2020 program announced
  • March 11, 2020: Discounted hotel room block closes

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Seattle Writes Offers Full Slate of Fall Classes

The Seattle Public Library’s program devoted to developing independent, diverse authors dives into fall with a series of free classes and other resources. From writing circles to deciding how to publish, these courses take place across the city in branch libraries and  at Richard Hugo House.

For those who don’t feel like traveling, the Seattle Writes page at spl.org also has a large list of online resources. Find out more at www.spl.org/programs-and-services/learning/seattle-writes.

Proposals Sought For Island Lit Festival

Organizers are seeking proposals for the third annual Orcas Island Lit Fest, taking place April 17 to 19, 2020. In particular, they would like to hear ideas for “that will appeal to book lovers who don’t necessarily write.” The deadline for submission is September 15, 2019. For further information and a look at the type of programming selected for 2019, please see their website at oilf.org.

More About Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest is a community celebration of contemporary literary culture. The  main festival events take place at The Orcas Center for Performing Arts. Additional  events  include the Orcas Island Kids’ Fest at the Orcas Island Library and a Friday-night Lit Walk  featuring local and regional writers.

Sasquatch Publisher Retires

Published by Sasquatch Books

Longtime Sasquatch Books publisher Gary Luke will retire August 1. Jennifer Worick will manage Sasquatch’s adult publishing program and Jenny Abrami, associate publisher, will oversee the Little Bigfoot children’s imprint.

Founded in 1986 by David Brewster, Sasquatch Books started as an independent publisher specializing in Northwest authors and nonfiction books about nature, travel, gardening, entertainment, sports, food, and wine. Currently a part of the Penguin Random House family, the company still has its offices in downtown Seattle.

Sasquatch’s current catalog includes authors such as Nancy Pearl, Lynda Barry, and Art Wolfe, and top-selling titles in food, wine, travel, and gardening.

Thanks to PNBA’s Footnotes for this news tip. Got news about your publishing company that you’d like to share? Send to bpnwnews at aol.com.


July Events For Writers

Lots of groups suspend their meetings in July and August. But here’s a few options.

Seattle Writes
Free classes and sessions sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. July includes two writing circles in partnership with Richard Hugo House. For more information, see spl.org

Columbia Branch
July 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fremont Branch
July 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Reaching Readers
Write On The River presents one-day program full of tips on how to market a book at the Wenatchee Valley College. Cost is $70 for WOTR members and $85 for all others. To find out more, check out WOTR’s website.

 Wenatchi Hall, Wenatchee Valley College
July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival Returns

Seattle’s book festival dedicated to micropress publishing and graphic literature returns in November.  Approximately 4,000 people attend the annual free event at the Seattle Center.

The curated show is currently accepting applications for exhibitors. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2019. Final list of exhibitors will be selected by the Short Run Board of Directors and the organization’s Advisory Board made up of artists and art enthusiasts. “This is a book festival, so be prepared to demonstrate that your table space will feature at least 75% books. Your prints, t-shirts, original drawings, pins, buttons, etc.. are welcome, but should take up 25% or less of your merchandise,” say the organizers. Short Run is committed to opening up space to new artists and publishers every year.

For more information on the event and how to apply, please see their website at shortrun.org.