Oregon Book Awards Broadcast In June

The 2020 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony will not be held at Portland Center Stage at The Armory this month. Instead, Literary Arts will broadcast the 33rd awards ceremony on Monday, June 22, 2020, from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. on OPB Radio.

This statewide broadcast will celebrate the finalists and announce the winners of the 2020 Oregon Book Awards.  Writers Omar El Akkad and Elena Passarello will act as the hosts.

More information about the event can be found at literaryarts.org.

Take An Armchair Trip Through Yellowstone

Granite Peak Publications has released a new edition of their popular guide to Yellowstone Park. The latest edition of Yellowstone Treasures guidebook by Janet Chapple  has:

  • descriptions of the geyser basins, trails, and South Rim overlooks
  • new introduction and geological time line
  • revised geology chapter and all 38 maps
  • cover photo of Old Faithful Geyser by naturalist Janet Jones

The Granite Peak team, especially Janet’s daughter and Northwest editor Beth Chapple and geologist Jo-Ann Sherwin, revised the introduction, active geyser and hot spring descriptions, and more .

While visiting the park may have to wait for a bit , the publishers suggest doing a little armchair traveling with this edition and their history volume, Through Early Yellowstone. Both books are available through the Granite Peak website, independent booksellers, and other websites.

To learn more, see yellowstonetreasures.com.

West Coast Book Fest Goes Virtual

The Northern California book event, Bay Area Book Festival, is going #UNBOUND this year. #UNBOUND will present authors on YouTube Premiere with live audience chat. Can’t make the event? Check into the recordings later.

The Festival will have live programs throughout May and June as well as special tracks for children and young adults, a focus on women’s literature, and a six-program VOTING RIGHTS series as the centerpiece of its summer 2020 programs.

Check it all out at baybookfest.org.

Oregon’s Emergency Fund for Writers

Literary Arts announced this week that it has created the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers. This emergency fund is meant to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights.

Applicants can use the fund to:

  • Recoup financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes but is not limited to readings, panels, residencies and other writing-related opportunities.
  • Offset loss of teaching income because of cancelled classes and/or school closures

These awards can be used to reduce other financial losses including support for artists working full or part-time in the service industry or other professions who have lost income.

Awards of $1,000 each will be issued to 100 eligible writers after the first application period closes. Depending on funding, Literary Arts may open up a second round of applications later in June.

Since COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities of color, Literary Arts is prioritizing funding for writers identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who meet the eligibility criteria.

More information and criteria for applications can be found at the literary-arts.org.

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Play Book Bingo!

The Seattle Public Library with Seattle Arts & Lectures has launched their 2020 Book Bingo game with downloadable bingo cards. This digital version is available in English and Spanish. Check the Library’s online book lists with staff recommendations for each category. Begin summer reading early and aim for bingo or blackout for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Learn more at SPL’s website and download your bingo card today:


PNBA Puts Out Call For Education Panels

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association continues their usual schedule for fall trade show preparation. After putting out the call for guest authors earlier this month, they are now asking for proposals for their education day.

The proposals are for panel sessions to be offered at the 2020 PNBA Tradeshow on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington. This educational programming is offered on the opening day of PNBA’s annual Tradeshow.

The PNBA Education Committee wants proposals for educational presentations primarily aimed at retail booksellers, but will also gladly consider topics aimed at librarians, authors and small press publishers.

To propose an educational session for the show, presenters need to complete a brief Education Proposal form. PNBA sincerely wishes for proposals from all positions and roles within the industry.

Sessions should feature at least one PNBA member professional as a panelist or moderator. PNBA may be able to assist in finding appropriate booksellers, authors, or other literary professionals willing to participate in your proposed session. Please include requests for support in your submissions.

All Education Proposals are due by May 8.

The Education Committee traditionally prioritizes presentations for booksellers that offer direct advice and instruction that can be immediately and directly applied to the operations of their stores. Sales pitch presentations that are perceived to promote just one business solution or service are discouraged.

Applicants will be notified of the status of proposals by Friday, June 26. Committee members will contact presenters via email to schedule sessions and secure details for production of the show program, show signage, and classroom set-up.

Northwest Editors Guild Goes Virtual

The Northwest Editors Guild usually has a full calendar of bimonthly member meetings in Seattle and Portland, as well as informal coffee/happy hours throughout the region. With social gatherings no longer permitted, they’ve pivoted online for a full host of April and May events.

Take a look at their website for more information on their April members meeting. This month’s meeting focuses on Adobe Reader’s capabilities, a discussion of workflows and best practices when PDF documents are involved, and conversation on problems that Reader and the PDF format might solve. The April 20 meeting will be led by Sarah Peterson of Accessibility First. Find registration information at https://edsguild.org/meetings-events/.

The Guild’s active Twitter feed features more informal hang-outs and the always adorable #StetPet assistants (the friendly cats and dogs who love having their editors at home).  You can follow along here: @Edsguild.