One Site To Bind Bookfest’s Offerings

Literary Arts has created a custom streaming site,, for Portland Book Festival, November 5 through 21, 2020. Watch the daily live stream or hit replay on a video library of events.  Festival favorites on demand include the pop-up events at the Portland Art Museum, picture book story times, and art activities for all ages.

Register at to access all of November’s free content. Two events require paid registration: Margaret Atwood (November 17) and Isabel Wilkerson (November 19). Details on the site.

Join Burkhalter’s Book Launch

History Through Fiction launches their latest historic novel, The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand & La France on November 17.

Northwest author Nancy Burkhalter is an educator, writer, journalist, linguist, and piano tuner. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism and English education as well as a Doctorate in linguistics from the University of New Mexico. She has taught composition for many years in the U.S., Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Her overseas work led to an interest in comparative education, especially critical thinking. Both observations and research led to her book and blog, Critical Thinking Now.

For more on the online event, check Eventbrite listing here.

Review Copies and More At Trade Show

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, together with the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association and California Independent Booksellers Alliance, launched the Tri-West Exhibits this week. The exhibit hall remains open until October 31 and some Northwest publishers are giving it a whirl.

“Our distributor IPG is featuring Yellowstone Treasures, updated sixth edition (May 2020) in their booth, along with nine other books,” said Beth Chapple. “Visit and scroll down to see the book cover. Booksellers, librarians, and reviewers are welcome to request review copies in both print and digital formats.”

If you’re a Northwest publisher or author participating in this or other virtual trade shows in 2020, let us know how it is going. Post a comment or drop us an email.

Detail from Yellowstone Treasures, 6th Edition



Seattle Writes Sessions Filling Up

Love Seattle Writes, hosted every year by the Seattle Public Library, and want to start taking sessions online? It’s a full calendar of offerings in September and October but many are already booked out!

Hopefully the library will schedule some repeats in the upcoming months. Until then, don’t hesitate. If you see something you like at the SPL calendar, sign up quickly:

November’s Free Portland Book Festival

The Portland Book Festival goes free and entirely virtual this year. Rather than one long weekend, the organizers extended programming for more than two weeks, from November 5 to 21, 2020.

The 2020 Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, will include more than 100 authors from Oregon and across the globe. The majority of events will be free to access via a custom streaming site. Three author events will require a book purchase to attend.

Beside readings and discussion panels, the festival will  offer a variety of writing courses.

To learn more, check

SF Conventions Postpone

Both large and small conventions attended by Northwest science fiction and fantasy publishers and authors are moving online or postponing their remaining 2020 and early 2021 dates. Here’s the latest round-up of scheduled changes. Writers hoping to present at these conventions as well as publishers hoping to sell in dealer’s rooms should check websites often for updates.

The largest Seattle area convention announced earlier this month that they would not try to hold an in-person convention in 2021. Previously they had postponed their April 2020 convention to April 2021. Now they are planning for an online event, April 1-4, 2021.

The Portland convention will hold OR-eCon, a free virtual mini-con, Nov. 12-14, 2020. The larger physical convention has been pushed back to Nov. 13-15, 2021, at the Red Lion Hotel, Jantzen Beach. The theme will be “Pun and Parody in Science Fiction.”

This science fiction and fantasy convention has rescheduled their Sept. 11-13, 2020, convention to Sept. 24-26, 2021, at the Bellevue Hilton.

The Spokane convention has postponed their event to Oct. 29-31, 2021, at the Historic Davenport Hotel.


Counting Down To Virtual Trade Show

There may be smoke, fires, COVID19, and a host of other bad news for West Coast booksellers  and publishers this year. But plans are moving forward for the first ever  Tri-West trade fair connecting the members of three booksellers associations. Thanks to our friends at PNBA for this visual representation of all that’s happening September 29 to October 2:

October’s Self Publishing Workshop

Local author and marketing consultant Beth Jusino has created a multiple day workshop for those looking to self publish their writing.

“We’re going to be as open and interactive as technology will allow—about the craft and business of becoming your own publisher. Yes, we’ll give you specific steps, checklists, and advice for how to get your book into more readers’ hands. Most of you have been to my classes, and you know I’ll have a lot of information. But we’ll also have a lot of time for engagement, stories, and questions—both yours and our own,” Jusino wrote in her newsletter this month. She will co-host this fall event with friend and fellow writer Steve Watkins.

“Steve and I have been friends since 2015, when we met through a shared love of the Camino de Santiago, which we’ve both walked and written about. Our conversations expanded over the years, along with our writing topics. We’ve served as beta readers, sounding boards, and editors for one another, have shared book sales tables at conferences, and have been interviewed on podcasts. In fact, it was a conversation we had on The Camino podcast this summer that kicked this whole event into motion,” wrote Jusino.

Creating and Selling Your Best Book: Self Publish Like a Pro
October 22-25, 2020Topics include The Craft of Writing, Building an Audience, the Nuts and Bolts of Self Publishing, and Marketing After Release. More information at