Take An Armchair Trip Through Yellowstone

Granite Peak Publications has released a new edition of their popular guide to Yellowstone Park. The latest edition of Yellowstone Treasures guidebook by Janet Chapple  has:

  • descriptions of the geyser basins, trails, and South Rim overlooks
  • new introduction and geological time line
  • revised geology chapter and all 38 maps
  • cover photo of Old Faithful Geyser by naturalist Janet Jones

The Granite Peak team, especially Janet’s daughter and Northwest editor Beth Chapple and geologist Jo-Ann Sherwin, revised the introduction, active geyser and hot spring descriptions, and more .

While visiting the park may have to wait for a bit , the publishers suggest doing a little armchair traveling with this edition and their history volume, Through Early Yellowstone. Both books are available through the Granite Peak website, independent booksellers, and other websites.

To learn more, see yellowstonetreasures.com.

West Coast Book Fest Goes Virtual

The Northern California book event, Bay Area Book Festival, is going #UNBOUND this year. #UNBOUND will present authors on YouTube Premiere with live audience chat. Can’t make the event? Check into the recordings later.

The Festival will have live programs throughout May and June as well as special tracks for children and young adults, a focus on women’s literature, and a six-program VOTING RIGHTS series as the centerpiece of its summer 2020 programs.

Check it all out at baybookfest.org.

Oregon’s Emergency Fund for Writers

Literary Arts announced this week that it has created the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers. This emergency fund is meant to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights.

Applicants can use the fund to:

  • Recoup financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes but is not limited to readings, panels, residencies and other writing-related opportunities.
  • Offset loss of teaching income because of cancelled classes and/or school closures

These awards can be used to reduce other financial losses including support for artists working full or part-time in the service industry or other professions who have lost income.

Awards of $1,000 each will be issued to 100 eligible writers after the first application period closes. Depending on funding, Literary Arts may open up a second round of applications later in June.

Since COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities of color, Literary Arts is prioritizing funding for writers identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who meet the eligibility criteria.

More information and criteria for applications can be found at the literary-arts.org.

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Play Book Bingo!

The Seattle Public Library with Seattle Arts & Lectures has launched their 2020 Book Bingo game with downloadable bingo cards. This digital version is available in English and Spanish. Check the Library’s online book lists with staff recommendations for each category. Begin summer reading early and aim for bingo or blackout for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Learn more at SPL’s website and download your bingo card today:


PNBA Puts Out Call For Education Panels

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association continues their usual schedule for fall trade show preparation. After putting out the call for guest authors earlier this month, they are now asking for proposals for their education day.

The proposals are for panel sessions to be offered at the 2020 PNBA Tradeshow on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington. This educational programming is offered on the opening day of PNBA’s annual Tradeshow.

The PNBA Education Committee wants proposals for educational presentations primarily aimed at retail booksellers, but will also gladly consider topics aimed at librarians, authors and small press publishers.

To propose an educational session for the show, presenters need to complete a brief Education Proposal form. PNBA sincerely wishes for proposals from all positions and roles within the industry.

Sessions should feature at least one PNBA member professional as a panelist or moderator. PNBA may be able to assist in finding appropriate booksellers, authors, or other literary professionals willing to participate in your proposed session. Please include requests for support in your submissions.

All Education Proposals are due by May 8.

The Education Committee traditionally prioritizes presentations for booksellers that offer direct advice and instruction that can be immediately and directly applied to the operations of their stores. Sales pitch presentations that are perceived to promote just one business solution or service are discouraged.

Applicants will be notified of the status of proposals by Friday, June 26. Committee members will contact presenters via email to schedule sessions and secure details for production of the show program, show signage, and classroom set-up.

Northwest Editors Guild Goes Virtual

The Northwest Editors Guild usually has a full calendar of bimonthly member meetings in Seattle and Portland, as well as informal coffee/happy hours throughout the region. With social gatherings no longer permitted, they’ve pivoted online for a full host of April and May events.

Take a look at their website for more information on their April members meeting. This month’s meeting focuses on Adobe Reader’s capabilities, a discussion of workflows and best practices when PDF documents are involved, and conversation on problems that Reader and the PDF format might solve. The April 20 meeting will be led by Sarah Peterson of Accessibility First. Find registration information at https://edsguild.org/meetings-events/.

The Guild’s active Twitter feed features more informal hang-outs and the always adorable #StetPet assistants (the friendly cats and dogs who love having their editors at home).  You can follow along here: @Edsguild.

Nebulas Move Into Cyberspace

The Science Fiction Writers of America have moved their Nebula Awards and related conference into cyberspace when California’s “shelter in place” decision put the May event in jeopardy. Originally the 55th Nebula Conference was scheduled to take place in Los Angeles at the end of May,

Now streaming from May 29 to 31, the 2020 Nebula Conference Online will have live panels on such topics as “Being a Creative in 2020: Building Community, Visibility, and Audience in a Virtual World,” “Blades and Badasses: Disability and Swordwork,” and “Writing Middle Grade with This Year’s Norton Award Nominees” along with a self-guided track of pre-recorded presentations, which attendees can view at their leisure.

The organization’s conference mentorship program will continue with private video conversations between early-career writers and established authors. Workshops, forums, chats, and virtual room parties (including a dance party hosted by author John Scalzi) will round out the weekend.

The awards ceremony will be streamed to the public on May 30 in the evening. For more information, see


Inside Story Still Happening In May

Inside Story, the  twice-yearly celebration of new books by members of Western Washington’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, usually occurs in a crowded bookstore or library auditorium. Not this spring!

On May 31, as per the organizers: “we’re gonna Zoom, Zoom, Zoom-a Zoom with booksellers, teachers, librarians, and our book peeps to hear your two-minute presentations about your new masterpiece!”

SCBWI members will be making these presentations on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 2 to 3 p.m. from their homes. Only books “traditionally published” between between November 18, 2019, and May 31, 2020, can be presented.

The official rules and application can be found at https://wwa.scbwi.org/events/inside-story-nov-2019/

Applications for this event must be received by May 11.

As for this chance to engage booksellers and librarians, the organizers have the following lighthearted advice: “Scared of presenting? You don’t even have to leave your house or wear clothes from the waist down! We’ll help you with the tech if you need it. This is a great way to get your name and your book in the faces of people who want to buy it!”

Find Oregon’s Literary Events Online

Literary Arts, the organization behind Portland’s beloved Wordstock Festival, hosts book events year round. Like everyone else, they’ve now gone online. Find their April events and others of interest at their new calendar page at literary-arts.org here:

Among the April events that readers, writers, and publishers everywhere would enjoy are:

Comics Relief Festival (First Second Books)
Saturday, April 18
8am – 2pm (PST)

Wordplay Virtual Book Festival (The Loft)
April 6 – May 5 2020

Literary Arts says they are committed to building community through online events, classes, seminars, and discussions. Their website also lets visitors dive into the rich archive of past events hosted by the organization including many well suited to educational projects.

Independent Bookstore Day Postponed But You Can Shop Indie Now

With most independent bookstores shuttered for “stay at home” orders, April’s Independent Bookstore Day has been postponed. Don’t worry, all the fun and prizes will be available on August 29.

Meanwhile, loyal customers can still help out their local friendly independent bookstore. Most stores are offering some type of online ordering through their website. If they can’t ship physical books, they can probably provide gift certificates. Such orders are essential to keeping bookstores afloat during very tough times. Besides it is a great time to get your favorite read or gift a friend with something special.

CNN recently reported that Powell’s Books in Portland was able to rehire 100 laid-off workers to due to a surge in online orders. Smaller stores also appreciate the help–check out Seattle’s Secret Garden and their picks through the Ballard Marketplace, a group of Market Street neighborhood merchants in Seattle that banded together to promote each other’s new online offerings.

Wherever your favorite bookstore is, be sure to visit their website or social media to find out how you can celebrate independent bookstores all April long.