Proposals Sought For Island Lit Festival

Organizers are seeking proposals for the third annual Orcas Island Lit Fest, taking place April 17 to 19, 2020. In particular, they would like to hear ideas for “that will appeal to book lovers who don’t necessarily write.” The deadline for submission is September 15, 2019. For further information and a look at the type of programming selected for 2019, please see their website at

More About Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest is a community celebration of contemporary literary culture. The  main festival events take place at The Orcas Center for Performing Arts. Additional  events  include the Orcas Island Kids’ Fest at the Orcas Island Library and a Friday-night Lit Walk  featuring local and regional writers.

Sasquatch Publisher Retires

Published by Sasquatch Books

Longtime Sasquatch Books publisher Gary Luke will retire August 1. Jennifer Worick will manage Sasquatch’s adult publishing program and Jenny Abrami, associate publisher, will oversee the Little Bigfoot children’s imprint.

Founded in 1986 by David Brewster, Sasquatch Books started as an independent publisher specializing in Northwest authors and nonfiction books about nature, travel, gardening, entertainment, sports, food, and wine. Currently a part of the Penguin Random House family, the company still has its offices in downtown Seattle.

Sasquatch’s current catalog includes authors such as Nancy Pearl, Lynda Barry, and Art Wolfe, and top-selling titles in food, wine, travel, and gardening.

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July Events For Writers

Lots of groups suspend their meetings in July and August. But here’s a few options.

Seattle Writes
Free classes and sessions sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. July includes two writing circles in partnership with Richard Hugo House. For more information, see

Columbia Branch
July 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fremont Branch
July 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Reaching Readers
Write On The River presents one-day program full of tips on how to market a book at the Wenatchee Valley College. Cost is $70 for WOTR members and $85 for all others. To find out more, check out WOTR’s website.

 Wenatchi Hall, Wenatchee Valley College
July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival Returns

Seattle’s book festival dedicated to micropress publishing and graphic literature returns in November.  Approximately 4,000 people attend the annual free event at the Seattle Center.

The curated show is currently accepting applications for exhibitors. Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2019. Final list of exhibitors will be selected by the Short Run Board of Directors and the organization’s Advisory Board made up of artists and art enthusiasts. “This is a book festival, so be prepared to demonstrate that your table space will feature at least 75% books. Your prints, t-shirts, original drawings, pins, buttons, etc.. are welcome, but should take up 25% or less of your merchandise,” say the organizers. Short Run is committed to opening up space to new artists and publishers every year.

For more information on the event and how to apply, please see their website at


Submissions Now Open For Oregon Book Awards

Publishers and writers can now submit their work for the 2020 Oregon Book Awards. Self-published titles are eligible for this award. The finalists will be announced in early 2020, and the winners will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony in the spring of 2020.

Oregon Book Awards are available for original work by an Oregon author in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction (autobiography, memoir, and personal essay), children’s literature, and young adult literature. The biennial award for graphic literature will be given in 2020.

To be considered for the Oregon Book Award, the work must be written by an Oregon resident whose legal residence is in Oregon at least six months of the year.   Books must have an original publication date between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019.  For further information and submission forms, see the Literary Arts website at

PNBA Exhibitor Registration Open

Northwest publishers looking to reach the book and library trade can now register for a table or booth at the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s 2019 Tradeshow on October 6, 7, and 8 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon.

Currently PNBA is offering one-day or two-day exhibition contracts. Anyone wanting to exhibit for the full two days must register by June 21. Costs range from $300 to $600 depending on the size of table or booth. Registration forms are available from PNBA here.

A layout of the show floor featuring all vendors will be available on the PNBA Tradeshow page in mid-August.

Hotel reservations can be made now for the group rate. For more information see the Red Lion page here.

June Events For Publishers, Writers, And Editors


Are you making your marketing plans for fall yet?

It’s a critical time of the year for planning if you want to ring in sales for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest.  Get your marketing plans or even book creation plans started with a couple of events happening in the Pacific Northwest this month.

Authors Guild’s Practical Personal Book Marketing

Consultant, former literary agent and marketing director Beth Jusino leads a two-hour class exploring a wide array of specific projects and tools that can promote a new release or put life back in a book that’s been out for a while.

June 9, 1:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Seattle Public Library, 5009 Roosevelt Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
More information on this free event here

Idaho Writers Guild’s Literary Lunch
Don’t Forget the Book Itself! A Guide to the Art of Publishing

Amberjack Publishing’s managing editor, Cassandra Farrin, discusses how to draft the written work with a vision for its final physical form—whether it’s a printed book, an ebook, essays, or another format.

June 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID
Register with this eventbrite link

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