One of the largest science fiction and fantasy conventions will take place in Ireland in 2019. Worldcon organizers recently posted on several forums about the rules for submitting ideas for programming. Local authors and publishers interested in being considered for Worldcon programming in Dublin must complete a survey to be considered. Because EU rules prevent organizers from emailing people without consent, the first step is to fill out volunteer program form:
Island Books on Mercer Island, WA, turns 45 on November 1 and will celebrate on Saturday, November 3. Fans care invited to join the community celebration, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and add to a 1970s memory wall.
Third Place Books, with stores in Lake Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park also celebrates on November 3. To mark 20 years in business, there will be food, drink, local lit band The Rejections, and Celebrity Jeopardy from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lake Forest Park store.
Thanks to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Footnotes for the anniversary news.
Seattle author Nathan Crowder and Northwest publisher DefCon One celebrate the release of the new Cobalt City novel, Resistance, on October 21 with readings from city creator Nathan Crowder and fellow guest authors at a popular Greenwood pub. Superhero fiction takes on tyranny with heart and humor, paired with the stellar tap list at Naked City for this Sunday afternoon event.
The publisher will have print editions for sale at the event. The print copy allows buyers to download a free ebook copy.
The event goes from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., October 21, at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, in Seattle.
Northwest publisher Mountaineer Books released Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago by Beth Jusino in September. Over the next few months, the author will do a number of public appearances at local libraries as well as some online events. Check out the list of upcoming events provided by Jusino, who also is a popular presenter at Seattle Writes and other publishing workshops :
October 14: Bellevue Library, book presentation and signing, 2:00 pm Bellevue, WA
October 15: Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Lake Forest Park, WA
October 16: Webinar, Discovering the Best of Europe on Foot co-presented with Cassandra Overby and sponsored by The Mountaineers, 6:00 pm PT.
October 17: Village Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00pm Bellingham, WA
October 18: Kirkland Library, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Kirkland, WA
October 21: Cedar Mill Community Library, Self Editing Tips for the Self Publishing Writer, 1:00 pm Cedar Mill, OR
October 22: Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Portland, OR
October 26: Sherman’s Books of Portland, book signing, 1:00 pm Portland, ME
November 1: REI Greenwood Village, book presentation and signing, 6:30 pm Denver, CO
November 7: Phinney Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Seattle, WA
November 14: Browser’s Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Olympia, WA
November 15: Eagle Harbor Books, book presentation and signing, 7:00 pm Bainbridge Island, WA
November 17: Mountlake Terrace Library, Marketing Tools for Writers Who Hate Marketing, 10:30 am Mountlake Terrace, WA
November 27: Seattle REI, Discovering Europe on Foot, co-presented with Cassandra Overby, 6:30 pm Seattle, WA
November 29: Alderwood REI, Discovering Europe on Foot, co-presented with Cassandra Overby, 6:00 pm Lynnwood, WA
December 2: Woodinville Library, book presentation and signing, 2:00 pm Woodinville, WA
December 5: Odin Brewing Company, Discovering Europe on Foot, co-presented with Cassandra Overby, hosted by Southcenter REI, 5:30 pm Tukwila, WA
March 28-31, 2019: American Pilgrims on the Camino National Gathering, Black Mountain, NC (I’ll be giving a presentation on the Le Puy Camino route.)
One more thank you to all the volunteers who worked Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to make our booth look so good on September 29 and 30 at the regional trade show. Thank you too to Larry, Greg, Brian, and the rest of the volunteers and staff at the Pacific Northwest Bookstore Association for putting on such a fabulous fall event. We so enjoyed the two nights of desserts, talking to so many book people, and see what a robust independent publishing and bookselling community we have in the Pacific Northwest.
As reported in Publishers Weekly, attendance is climbing at regional book fairs as independent booksellers enjoy an increasing share of the market. At PNBA, there was talk of new stores opening and a general feeling of optimism about the book business.
This trade show marks Book Publishers Northwest’s last event in 2018. We’ll continue to move forward as a news website for local independent publishers and authors. Send us listings of your events in the greater Northwest region.
DefCon One Publishing is an independent, Seattle-based publisher of the anthology series Mad Scientist Journal and numerous speculative fiction books by Northwest authors. They recently acquired the Cobalt City line from Timid Pirate.
You can check out some of their recent titles at Booth 15 at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association this weekend or meet the authors and publishers at the following events in October:
Puyallup Festival of Books 2018
Puyallup Public Library, 324 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA
DefCon One will be joining other local authors in Puyallup for the 5th annual celebration of local authors.
Cobalt City Book Launch & Reading
October 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA
Join DefCon One author Nathan Crowder to help celebrate the release of his new Cobalt City novel, RESISTANCE. Nathan Crowder will read along with guest authors Jeremy Zimmerman, Erik Scott de Bie, and Rosemary Jones. Superhero fiction takes on tyranny with heart and humor, paired with the stellar tap list at Naked City. The publisher will be on hand to sell copies of books from the authors.
October 27 – October 28
Conference Center, 800 Pike Street, Seattle, WA
DefCon One will be in the dealer room for the 8th Annual GeekGirlCon at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle. Mad Scientist Journal: Autumn 2018, Battling in All Her Finery, and the re-release of The Trouble with the Tick-Tock Tabby will be new at the convention. Authors Dawn Vogel, Jeremy Zimmerman, and Amanda Cherry will be on hand to talk about and sign books.
Want to learn more or schedule an event with DefCon One? Check their website.
The trunk of the car is full with three boxes of books from Northwest authors, publishers, and members of the Independent Book Publishers Association. We’re looking forward to showing our regional libraries and booksellers these titles and discussing how they can support independent publishing at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Fall Trade Show.
This year’s books come from Jeremy Zimmerman, Dawn Vogel, Nathan Crowder, DefCon One Publishing, Razorgirl Press, 74th Street Productions, Peter, Kahle, Jan Walker, Janey Bennett, Rick Fordyce, Plicata Press LCC, Pleasure Boat Studio, Clive Rosengren, Coffeetown Press, ICD Press, Charles Johnston MD, Susan Clayton-Goldner, Sharon L. Dean, A-Argus Books, Nancy Burkhardt, Cascade View Publishing, Thomas Erikson, Clyde Hill Publishing, Greg Shaw, Granite Peak Publications, Susan Wingate, Return to Health Press, Ya-Ling J. Liou DC, Christen Mattix, Wendy Hinman, and Karen Robbins.
A big thank you to the following for volunteering to set up, run the booth, and clean up at the end: Carl Munson, Faith Marshall, Janey Bennett, Karen Robbins, Lani Jacobsen, Laura Lahm, Lauren Grosskopf, Lorraine Rath, Peter Kahle, Shepherd Siegel, and Wendy Hinman. Special thanks to Rosemary Jones and Phoebe Matthews for collecting the mail and sorting all the books into transportable boxes.