The independent bookstore trade is never easy. The Northwest’s largest association serving these businesses is the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association. March brings news of one store move and one store closure … and a meeting in Seattle about the future of bookselling.
A Children’s Place Has New Portland Home
After fifteen years at 48th and Fremont, Portland’s oldest independent children’s bookstore, A Children’s Place, is now in operation down the street at 1423 N.E. Fremont St. Visit the store’s blog for a report on the Grand Re-Opening in March.
Sage Closes In Shelton
The Sage Book Store in Shelton, WA, closed on March 22. “After many hours of trying to sell the store in any form I decided to close the doors and concentrate on my other business Olsen Furniture. This has been for sure the experience of my life and I will forever be grateful,” stated owner Carolyn Olsen in the PNBA Footnotes.
New Markets and New Books Discussed at ABA Spring Forum
Local booksellers will meet on April 7 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. The American Booksellers Association, the national organization for indie bookstores, will lead the workshop on how thoughtful innovation, combined with organized planning and execution, is key to successfully tapping new–and profitable–markets. Then, PNBA reports, there will be drinking and snacking at the Lake Forest Park Bar and Grill.
ABA Northwest Member Relations Manager Nathan Halter is handling reservations for the Spring Forum.