The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has opened applications for its Publishing University Scholarship program. The IBPA Publishing University Scholarship Program provides a complimentary ticket to IBPA Publishing University. IBPA awards one complimentary ticket to each IBPA affiliate association and a limited number of complimentary tickets to at-large IBPA members (i.e., members not associated with an IBPA affiliate). The scholarships will be awarded for the April 2022 IBPA Publishing University.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators turns 50 this year. So their virtual national conference on July 29 to August 2 will feature 50+ speakers on 50+ topics. If you’re writing, illustrating, or publishing for children, check out the programming at their website: scbwi.org/events/summer-conference-2021.
The organization has regional chapters in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Check their website for the chapter closest to you.
This weekend, the Western Washington chapter of SCBWI will host a virtual exhibition booth at Seattle Pride on June 26 and 27. “Our goal is to offer a warm welcome to LGBTQAI+ kidlit creators and show LGBTQAI+ folx how SCBWI can assist writers and illustrators in building their careers. Next year, we hope to be at Seattle Pride in person!” wrote Regional Advisor Holly Huckeba in the group’s recent newsletter. “And, of course, during the non-June months, we strive to embody equity and inclusion in our practices as well. As an LGBTQAI+ person myself, and as Regional Advisor for our Western Washington region, I wish to extend an elbow bump of PRIDE to you all.”
The Western Washington chapter is currently accepting applicants for their mentorship program, now through July 30. To learn more about the mentorship program and other offerings from this chapter, go to: wwa.scbwi.org.
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 theRiver 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.
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 thirdeyebag.com
The Idaho Writers Guild focuses on online marketing for their June literary lunch. The June 5 event focuses on the best practices for digital advertising with industry expert Kendall Shew.
The organization is also gearing up for a 2022 conference, a writing contest this year, and many other activities. Find out what’s going on in Idaho at the Guild’s website: idahowritersguild.wildapricot.org/
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 shortrun.org.
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 porphyry.press.
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: BethJusino.com.
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.
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, nwfilm.org.