PNBA Needs Trade Show Proposals By June 6

pnbalogoPublishers interested in having authors appear at meals and signing events at Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association’s Fall Trade Show need to send their proposal by end of the week. More information about these events and costs associated can be found here.

As mentioned by Teagan Tigani in our May meeting, a lower cost way to participate in the show could be sending a proposal for the show’s “Education” sessions on Sept. 26. In particular, BPNW members who provide services for publishers and authors (editing, publicity, etc) should consider these sessions a way to network with Northwest publishing community. These sessions are attended by booksellers, librarians, authors, and publishers. Education proposals also are due by June 6 as outlined below:


The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) produces a trade show each year in the fall. This year’s show will be held at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma, WA. PNBA produces a full day of educational programming on Friday, September 26, the day before the exhibits open. PNBA’s Education Committee reviews all proposals for educational presentations, including those aimed at retail booksellers, those for librarians, and those for authors and small press publishers.

If you would like to facilitate a panel or workshop for the 2014 show, send PNBA a one-page proposal, with a suggested title, brief outline, suggested list of presenters, a list of potential hand-outs, and a list of A/V needs. A session should be structured to be 75 minutes long (including time for questions). All proposals for the 2014 show must be received by PNBA staff by June 6.

In general, the Education Committee prefers presentations which offer booksellers direct instruction about issues that can immediately and directly help them in the operations of their businesses. They are usually looking for at least one Marketing session at each show. Sessions that include a wide-range of participants are especially attractive.

PNBA is also soliciting proposals for sessions aimed at librarians, small press publishers, and authors. PNBA requires that all sessions encourage booksellers, publishers, librarians and authors to work together.

Applicants will be notified by mid-July, if not earlier, as to whether or not PNBA will be able to accommodate their proposed sessions.

All education proposals should be sent via email to Thom Chambliss (, PNBA’s Executive Director.

Book Publishers Northwest will exhibit members’ titles at the 2014 PNBA Fall Trade Show. Information about displaying how to display a title at this booth and a call for volunteers will be sent to members in August.