Holiday Shopping At Indie Bookstores

With all the moaning about empty shelves due to shipping delays, anyone who has wandered into an independent bookstore knows that the shelves are well-stocked. Most also have a variety of stocking stuffers to go with the books too.

There’s a new bookstore opening for the holidays, and one old favorite on the move, in Seattle. So grab your shopping bag and prepare to visit for Small Business Saturday or any day of the week.


The wonderfully named Drink Books, which just opened in Seattle at 5817 Phinney Avenue North, invites readers to pair their favorite novel with just the right red or white. In short, you can buy a book and a bottle of wine. That’s the perfect gift right there! The store was recently featured in Seattle Met.


Seattle’s poem emporium is on the hunt for a new location. After many years at 2414 N. 45th Street, the store has received notice that they have to move. Help them keep the boxes to the minimum by adding a little poetry to your holiday haul. Open Books will not be open on Black Friday, but their regular hours are posted on their website.


Need to find a bookstore? NW Book Lovers has a great listing of independent bookstores in the Pacific Northwest. Find out more at their website.

PNBA Reports Trade Show Success

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association reported that their masked and vaccinated Fall Trade Show was a success. In a recent letter to members, they said attendance at the October event included “170 booksellers and librarians from 83 member entities, 150 exhibitors from 60 companies holding down 94 booths and tables, 70+ authors at the mic, signing table and on the floor, and 20 PNBA staff members and volunteers. We masked up and we mixed it up. The community was amazing!”

The association works to connect independent booksellers with publishers and authors year round through a variety of marketing programs. To find out more, check

Trade show attendees had an opportunity to communicate with dots. Photo courtesy of PNBA.

NW Publisher Paizo Provides New Program For Indies

Independent game designers will now be able to draw on copyrighted and trademarked material with the blessing of Pacific Northwest publisher Paizo.

Launched in Washington State, Paizo publishes the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Tales novels, and Starfinder science-fantasy roleplaying game.

In September, the company has announced a new publishing program that allows game designers to use the official Pathfinder and Starfinder properties and sell these supplements via DriveThruRPG. Through Pathfinder Infinite and Starfinder Infinite programs, small publishers and third-party content creators can use the copyrighted characters, creatures, and settings of the Pathfinder and Starfinder tabletop roleplaying games in their own works.

Similar to the DMs Guild program operated by DriveThruRPG for another Northwest publisher, Wizards of the Coast, the Pathfinder and Starfinder Infinite programs will operate a 50/50 revenue split between Paizo and indie publishers.

The Paizo program will launch in mid-October.

PNBA Will Require Trade Show Attendees To Be Vaccinated

In a recent announcement, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association said that they will require all participants in the Fall Trade Show to be vaccinated.

In an email sent this week, they stated “PNBA will comply with any state mandated COVID protocols in force at the time of the show. We require that all show participants without religious or health exemptions be fully vaccinated. Please do not put yourself or others in a vulnerable position.

The 2021 PNBA Tradeshow will take place Oct. 3, 4, and 5 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon. More information about the tradeshow can be found at

Restock A Rural Library Lost To Fire

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association traditionally takes donations of books at the end of its Fall Tradeshow for its rural library book drive. These donations of publishers’ samples have helped dozens of libraries with little or no book buying budget upgrade their collection.

This year, Michael Pritiken Rural Library Project coordinator Caitlin McMahan selected an Oregon library as the recipient of this year’s collection efforts. The 2020 Holiday Farm fire decimated the town of Blue River, Oregon, including the town’s O’Brien Memorial Library.

PNBA volunteers will collect books during the exhibits tear-down at the 2021 show. In addition, they will take books from publishers who are not able to make it to the show. Pack a box of single, finished copies, send it to PNBA, and the books will be delivered to Blue River. Books must be shipped to PNBA using THIS shipping label or clearly mark each box for the RURAL LIBRARY PROJECT. The deadline for physical Rural Library donations to be received at the PNBA warehouse is September 28.

Find out more about the Rural Library Project at

Idaho’s Literary Lunch Tells A Self-Publishing Story

When author Heather Ames learned that her traditional publisher was closing down, she decided to tackle publishing on her own. During the Idaho Writer’s Guild’s Literary Lunch on September 21, Ames will discuss everything from getting rights back to continuing her series during a hectic 2019. Look for tips to surviving and thriving in today’s uncertain and ever-changing world of book publishing.

Idaho Writers Guild September Events

Tuesday, September 21, Noon to 1 pm MT
Traditional vs Self-Publishing. Which path should you take?
Literary Lunch resented via Zoom
For more information, see IWG’s website at

Thursday, September 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm MT
IWG Meet & Greet
Smoky Mountain Pizza, 415 East Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 83706.
Held outside on the covered patio. Unvaccinated guests are encouraged to wear a mask.
Visit with local authors and learn more about IWG including the annual two-day conference (spring 2022).

The Idaho Writers Conference returns in 2022

Literary Arts Will Require Proof of Vaccination

Literary Arts announced this week that they will require proof of vaccination for attendance at any of their Oregon events. In an email sent out this week, they stated: “In an effort to keep our audience members, artists, volunteers, and staff members safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Literary Arts will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to attend our in-person events and classes. Masks will also be required in both indoor and outdoor public settings, in accordance with current public health mandates in the state of Oregon.”

The organization hosts a number of writing, publishing, and reading events including the annual Portland Book Festival.

PNBA Adds Comfort & Safety Protocols To Trade Show

As Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association prepares for a physical fall Tradeshow set in October, PNBA announced new comfort and safety measures to all participating exhibitors and author representatives as well as attendees. These include asking that all attendees be vaccinated. It should be noted that PNBA will not be requiring actual proof of vaccination status. Attendees are asked to sign “a vaccination expectation agreement” and the PNBA website states “The agreement is intended as an additional level of self-clearance, a chance for an individual to reconsider participation should they be unvaccinated or high-risk.”

Pre-COVID, the show typically drew approximately 300 booksellers, librarians, authors, sales reps, and publishers for everything from debuts of the latest bestsellers to workshops for all members of the trade. This year, PNBA will cap attendance at individual events at 75% of normal as well as providing “additional spacing” on the exhibition floor to achieve “more air space” for the comfort of all involved. Authors may also ask that all attendees approaching them for a book signing be masked.

PNBA announced the addition of 2021 Tradeshow Travel Credit program, details coming soon, offering up to $150 per bookstore to encourage more bookseller attendees at the physical show.

According to the group’s monthly newsletter, the hotel room block at the Red Lion is almost full, a good indicator that people are planning to attend. If interested in staying at the Red Lion on the River in Portland, Oregon, the organizers suggest making a reservation soon.

The PNBA Fall Tradeshow takes places October 3-5. The event will also have a virtual component for those who cannot travel or for those who want the party to continue online. The Virtual Annex program will take place October 11-22, with an iPage Master Class, General Member Meeting, X-travaganza keynote, Online Operations workshop, Book Awards Preview, and Ten Around-the-Bend happy hour, among other events.

Further information about the event can be found at the organizer’s website:

Author signing appearance at 2015 PNBA Tradeshow when crowds and open bowls of candy were common–and fun! (Picture courtesy of PNBA)

NaNoWriMo Goes Virtual Again

A nation-wide organization of writing meet-ups each year, NaNoWriMo made the difficult decision to go with virtual events only this November for National Novel Writing Month. In announcement sent out to all its followers, they said:

“Based on everything we have seen in the last month, and the unknowns that the Delta variant is contributing to an already precarious situation, we have made the decision that there will be no official in-person NaNoWriMo events again this year. “

NaNoWriMo asked that writer groups not create unsanctioned meetings labeled NaNoWriMo. “We want to make sure that our events remain as safe as possible for everyone in our community. While vaccines have reduced the risk in many regions, they are not available everywhere; they may be less effective for those who are immunocompromised; and children under 12 remain ineligible for vaccination. With the increase in breakthrough cases and the significantly more contagious Delta variant in the mix, we feel it is simply not the right moment to stop erring on the side of caution,” the letter continued.

The letter concluded: “In the meantime, please get vaccinated as soon as a vaccine is available to you if you haven’t done so already. Widespread vaccination is our best hope to bring us all back together in person in the future. If you are in a region where you’re still waiting for vaccines to be accessible for you, hang in there—we hope it’s coming soon.”

Plans Announced For Portland Bookfest

Literary Arts announced this week that the Portland Book Festival will return as a hybrid event, with a week of activity both in-person and online from November 8–13, 2021.

“We will host virtual events on November 8–12, leading up to an in-person festival day on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Portland Art Museum and Portland’5, as well as in-person writing workshops at our downtown Literary Arts space,” read the announcement.

The organizers are currently taking applications for the book fair portion as well as looking for volunteers. More information can be found at

Tickets will go on sale on September 22. To allow greater access, youth 17 and under (and/or with a valid high school I.D.) will receive free entry.