PNBA Trade Show Returns To Portland

After a year of virtual trade shows only, booksellers and publishers are making plans to gather together again. Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announced that they will hold their regular tradeshow on October 3, 4, and 5 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon.

The 2021 Tradeshow will have some virtual elements as well. This year PNBA has added an expanded online presence for tradeshow participants. Each exhibitor will earn a profile on the official PNBA Tradeshow page consisting of company and rep identification, show floor location, and three links to their website or PDF documents for each purchased table or booth. 

The schedule also has been modified to encourage more activity on the tradeshow floor. The PNBA Education Day has been moved from the first day to the last. Organizers said that this will focus the attention of the booksellers and librarians on the exhibitions as well as allow exhibitors to leave by the end of day two, giving the exhibitors an extra day between the back-to-back PNBA and MPIBA tradeshows.

To learn more, check the website.

Portland’s Third Eye Gains New Space

Third Eye Books will be opening a new space at SE Division and 33rd Street in Portland, Oregon. Started by Michelle Lewis and her husband Charles Hannah, the store emphasizes African and African-American books, accessories, and gifts. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on June 20, 2pm, at 2518 SE 33rd Ave.

Author Tianna Bartoletta, winner of three Olympic Gold Medals, will sign copies of her new book Survive and Advance between 2pm and 4pm on June 20. More information about the grand opening and the bookstore can be found at

Third Eye Books also will be the bookselling partner for the Literary Arts event, Hood Feminism with Mikki Kendall, on June 9 at 4:00 p.m. (Pacific). To find out more and read an interview with Lewis and Hannah, check the Literary Arts website.

Short Run Summer School

Short Run Summer School presents outdoor bookmaking, drawing, and comics workshops on Mondays, June 21- July 19, at Seattle’s Othello Park.

The nonprofit Short Run concentrates on the medium of comics as a coalescence of art and literature. Their annual festival (held in non-Covid times) serves as a major sales and networking event for artists from the Pacific Northwest who make alternative comix as well as self-published or small press. Their educational programming is designed for all skill sets and supports under-represented and diverse perspectives through study and craft of the medium.

Learn more about the Short Run Summer School and other programs at

Handdrawn poster for Short Run’s summer classes. Learn more and register at

Porphyry Press Launches With Ghost Town Title

Add one more book publisher to the small businesses of Alaska: this one inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Recently announced, Porphyry Press is located in McCarthy, Alaska. The first Porphyry Press title will be Tom Kizzia’s Cold Mountain Path: The Ghost Town Decades of McCarthy-Kennecott, to be published later this year.

The publisher hopes to follow this up with lyric essay collections, poetry, literary field guides, anthologies, and translations. Learn more at the website

Jusino Launches New Website & Classes

Popular Northwest writing and publishing instructor Beth Jusino recently announced three virtual writing classes this summer through Richard Hugo House in Seattle as well as an in-person class in September with BARN, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network.

All this and more resources, including Jusino’s excellent breakdown of when writers should publish their own work as opposed seeking a traditional publisher, can be found at her updated website:

Find Jusino’s latest classes and other resources on her new website.

Folio’s Summer Events Zooming On

Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum is a nonprofit library located in the Pike Place Market. Folio offers literary talks, a circulating book collection of donated books from Northwest collectors, and workspaces for writers.

Their numerous public programs include author readings, civic discussions, and musical evenings. These currently are being presented virtually. Folio librarian Lillian Dabney will continue to conduct author interviews this summer. Before that, check the upcoming May 27 event with two award-winning Seattle writers. Author David Laskin will be interviewed with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Ann Gwinn about his new novel What Sammy Knew.

For these and other programs, check the Folio website at

Folio plans to reopen their library for members on Tuesday, June 01. The library will be open by appointment, 12 pm to 6 pm, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

From Zine To Book To Film…

Illustrator, film producer, and zine-maker Mila Matveeva will lead a Northwest Film Center workshop on how the zine can become part of the creative process in developing larger works, such as films. On May 26, “From Concept to Object: The Zine as a Creative Conduit” will take participants through the process of making an one-of-a-kind work of text and images.

The workshop also explores how the medium of zines can be used as a tool in exploring, developing, and materializing ideas. In particular, Matveeva will focus on how a zine can be the first step in the movie making process by allowing the maker to get started on a project with no equipment or funding. Small press publishers may find this useful as an example of how a zine or art book can be a gateway to other mediums.

“From Concept to Object” will take place May 26, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Cost for the 90-minute workshop is $60. Registration and more information can be found at Northwest Film Center,

The Northwest Film Center (NWFC) is a Portland organization and space where artists and audiences explore the region and the world through cinema and cinematic storytelling in all its forms.

Makeready for Book Art

Seattle’s Makeready is a free virtual event in May featuring over 35 artists, designers, printers, and publishers in a series of online conversations, studio visits, and workshops that explore the process of making an art book from start to finish. Makeready speakers will share a wide variety of work—from personal zines to one-of-a-kind artists’ books; from trade art/literary books to contemporary art editions.

The virtual event begins tonight, May 14, with a makers’ conversation on why artists choose books as a form to express their ideas. Makeready continues through the month with studio tours of groups like Paper Press Punch, a small Risograph print and book studio run by artists Jessica Hoffman and Justin Quinlan; workshops on DIY art book making led by artists like Ho Tam of British Columbia’s Hotam Press; and “office hours” for those who want to discuss their projects with fellow publishers.

Find out more at Seattle Art Book Fair website:

Look for artists like Olympia’s artist Catherine Alice Michaelis at Makeready. Here’s her tour of her work filmed on September 28, 2019, at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.


U.S. Book Show Begins

The first U.S. Book Show will be a three-day virtual event presented by Publishers Weekly to serve the book publishing and bookselling community. Filling the hole left by the departure of BookExpo, publishers hope to build buzz about Fall 2021 titles and create similar one-to-one connections with exhibitors and attendees during the May 25– 27 event.

The book fair portion will offer 14 panels geared to librarians, booksellers and publishing professionals.

In addition, more than 80 publishers and allied vendors will be in the “exhibit halls” at the virtual conference.

Special bookseller attendee pricing is available for $35, which includes access to the live event and all of the panels and content for three months following so attendees can take their time to go through publisher materials, replay panels, and collect resources. To find out more, see the website: