How To Make An Author Appearance At PNBA Fall Show

Author appearance at PNBA.

Every year, representatives from approximately 85 bookstores and several Northwest libraries attend the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show in the fall. A big part of the conference is author appearances at breakfasts, lunches, and the “sweet-and-greet” dessert events in the evenings.

Publicists and publishers looking to propose an author appearance at the PNBA Fall Trade Show 2019 should contact the organization this spring with information about author including links to author website, publisher listing, release date, relevant reviews and blurbs, and other information.

For detailed descriptions of each event where authors appear and how to propose an author appearance, see the Author/Publicist page at

Publicists may request authors be featured at specific events, but invitations will be influenced by their Selection Committee rankings as well as PNBA’s commitment to providing a wide variety of authors at each event. Finished books or ARCs may be requested as part of the selection process.


Museum Book Fair In April

The Washington State History Museum is hosting a book fair featuring Washington authors, illustrators, and publishers on April 6, 2019. As part of the museum’s current exhibition “A Thousand Words’ Worth,” the book fair will feature a full day of activities at the museum including be author talks, zine making, letter writing, and interactive storytelling in the galleries

There may still be space to participate but don’t delay.  For those who just want to attend the fair, it will take place on April 6, 10 am to 5 pm, at the museum in Tacoma. For more information, see the Facebook event page.

Online applications for participants accepted here:

Hosting an event of interest to Northwest publishers? Send details to bpnwnews at

PNBA’s 2019 Call for Education Proposals

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association put out their call for presenters at their fall trade show.  Each year, the organization offers educational programming on the opening day of its annual Tradeshow. The 2019 tradeshow will be held at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon. PNBA will produce a full day of sessions, Sunday, October 6, the day prior to the opening of the exhibit floor.

They are looking for proposals for education aimed at librarians, small press publishers, and authors as well as sessions for bookstore owners.” The organizers add that they want “all sessions promote an atmosphere of cooperation among literary entities.Sales pitch presentations that are perceived to promote just one business solution or service are discouraged.”

Proposals for an educational session for the 2019 show should be submitted via the Education Proposal form on their website.


Seattle Writes Winter 2019 Events

Need to kick-start a project? Want to fulfill that resolution to finish your manuscript? Seattle Writes, the Seattle Public Library program, has a number of free events this winter including writing circles hosted by Hugo House. A full calendar of January and February events can be found at

For those looking for more time to write, there will be a program about writing residencies at the Central Library in January. Meet representatives from various Washington residencies and get some tips on the application process. This special session takes place January 20, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at downtown library branch. More information here.

Holiday Sale From Granite Peak Publications

Yellowstone Treasures, 5th edition

Through January 10, 2019, Granite Peak Publications is offering a big discount on two titles by Janet Chapple. Her history or guide to Yellowstone Park are available for $20 each!

Worldcon Seeks Speakers

One of the largest science fiction and fantasy conventions will take place in Ireland in 2019. Worldcon organizers recently posted on several forums about the rules for submitting ideas for programming. Local authors and publishers interested in being considered for Worldcon programming in Dublin must complete a survey to be considered. Because EU rules prevent organizers from emailing people without consent, the first step is to fill out volunteer program form:

Two Northwest Bookstores Celebrate November Anniversaries

Island Books on Mercer Island, WA, turns 45 on November 1 and will celebrate on Saturday, November 3. Fans care invited to join the community celebration, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and add to a 1970s memory wall.

Third Place Books, with stores in Lake Forest Park, Ravenna, and Seward Park also celebrates on November 3.  To mark 20 years in business, there will be food, drink, local lit band The Rejections, and Celebrity Jeopardy from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lake Forest Park store.

Thanks to Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Footnotes for the anniversary news.