by Thom Chambliss, May 17 speaker at Book Publishers Northwest
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) is a five-state association of retail bookstores, covering OR, WA, ID, MT and AK. We have about 140 member stores at this time, all independent, from the largest store in the world, Powells in Portland, to some of the smallest in such towns as Pendleton, OR, Soldotna, AK, and Grangeville, ID. Our store members are of a wide variety, including those that carry books in every subject imaginable, to those that only stock books of special interest, like sailing, or cooking, or children, or travel.
The buyers in our member stores are often working with extremely tight budgets and limit their purchases to books that they are confident they can sell. Getting your book into a large number of our stores can be a difficult chore. To help authors try to do that, and to introduce newer authors to our bookstore staff, we produce an annual tradeshow, this year in Tacoma, WA, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 13 -15. This year’s show is a three-day event that includes education (including some for authors), parties, author meal events, publisher exhibits, author signings, and a lot of networking.
There will be about 300 booksellers and 50 librarians attending, and more than 100 authors, plus a few hundred publishers, publicists, bloggers and other industry representatives. The shows are NOT open to the public. PNBA members may attend the shows for free, and non-members in the industry may attend for an $80 badge fee.
Entry to show events will be free for all exhibitors.