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PNBA prepares for a season “beyond dynamic” at the opening of the fall show


The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s fall trade show kicked off Sunday in Tacoma, Wash., with about 200 registered booksellers, 91 exhibitors and 80 authors gathering at the artwork-decorated Murano Hotel. Opening day meant marathon rep-choice sessions, a soft opening of the exhibit hall that gave everyone a chance to mingle, and an evening Nightcapper reception with 17 authors signing works.

“The bookstore front is beyond vibrant right now,” PNBA executive director Brian Juenemann told attendees of the members’ meeting. The organization’s accounting report noted that due to Covid, the organization’s “2021 dues revenue was well below normal”, but the PNBA is “in the dark” and “still in a financial position.” very solid”. Juenemann said independent presses and publishers from the Big Five will be present at PNBA, and he was “delighted to find [while planning the gathering] that there was no hesitation in the industry to support us.

While the PNBA limited Portland’s gathering last year to 75% of pre-pandemic attendance, Juenemann said he allowed 85% to 90% capacity this year. Other budgetary considerations include expanding the PNBA holiday catalog from print to a greater digital presence. While a print version is still available, Juenemann said a drop in small town and neighborhood newspapers means that paper supplements are harder to distribute and direct mail flyers targeted at ZIP codes are more expensive. which makes the digital format more viable for some locations. .

At the membership meeting, ABA Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger urged booksellers to sign the ABFE’s banned books petition, become Indies Introduce contributors and plan well in advance the Winter Institute already on hold. (A hotel block for Wi23 in Seattle opens next week.) Following this season’s trade shows, ABA will compile the results of the ABACUS survey, with data breakdowns by region for the first time. More than 400 bookstores submitted ABACUS data, including 34 PNBA member stores.

Judey Kalchik, communications and project manager for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, provided an update on BINC, which she said receives “10 to 13 calls or emails a week” from booksellers seeking financial assistance for the housing or health care. Hospitals often require a full deposit from franchises before scheduling surgery, Kalchik said, placing a huge burden on bookstore owners and staff. BINC helps people access mental health services and professional development too, and focus groups are underway for “a pilot program to help open bookstores in underserved markets.”

Before the showroom, book reps tossed titles and shared insider tips in a three-hour nonstop book binge. Introducing Alice Oseman’s next novel I was born for this (Scholastic, October 18), Chris Satterlund added that “David Levithan says Heartstopper series two should drop any day now.” Christina Foye boosted Born of legend coming soon from author Tracy Deonn bloodied (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, November 8). “Don’t even think about this one, just buy a carton,” Foye told Everyone.

HBG’s Shaun Donley presented a $29 gold embossed hardcover edition of Colleen Hoover’s 2018 novel Truth (Grand Central, September 29), which includes a letter from the author and a bonus chapter. “Most of you ordered a little light on this,” he warned, “but it might fade between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve never seen reprints as aggressive as what we do. on Hoover. “Order one box, order two, his fans are raving,” agreed S&S rep Megan Manning, praising Hoover. It starts with us (Atria, October 18).

The PNBA organized the show by making Sunday a chance to meet and greet, Monday an exhibition day with a BuzzBooks contest and a party, and Tuesday a conclusion with training sessions.