Seattle Writes Winter 2019 Events

Need to kick-start a project? Want to fulfill that resolution to finish your manuscript? Seattle Writes, the Seattle Public Library program, has a number of free events this winter including writing circles hosted by Hugo House. A full calendar of January and February events can be found at

For those looking for more time to write, there will be a program about writing residencies at the Central Library in January. Meet representatives from various Washington residencies and get some tips on the application process. This special session takes place January 20, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at downtown library branch. More information here.

Holiday Sale From Granite Peak Publications

Yellowstone Treasures, 5th edition

Through January 10, 2019, Granite Peak Publications is offering a big discount on two titles by Janet Chapple. Her history or guide to Yellowstone Park are available for $20 each!

Worldcon Seeks Speakers

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:

Two Northwest Bookstores Celebrate November Anniversaries

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.

Superhero Book Launch At Naked City

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.

Walking Events With Beth Jusino

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 18Kirkland 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 CompanyDiscovering 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.)

Thank You For Splendid PNBA Exhibit

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.