The NCIBA in Pictures
Eat Read Give Holiday Catalog Ready to Order
This year’s Eat Read Give catalog is in production and now is the time for bookstores to order their complimentary copies (83KB PDF). Remember, any order of 5,000 or more (you can order as many as you like) gets you free store imprinting on the front and back cover, plus a free Welcome letter to your customers on page 2.
We wanted this year’s cover to remind consumers of physical books and their place in people’s homes. This is what our designer came up with — we think it’s a striking image that will draw attention and interest.
Hut’s Place Selling Books for Bookstores
The goal of the weekly Hut’s Place column is to alert book lovers to new arrivals (both hardcover and paperback) and bestselling books in independent bookstores and motivate them to buy more. Recent feedback seems to indicate it’s working:
“Please add me to your mailing list for Hut’s Place; your newsletter fills a real need. Ever since the Washington Post discontinued its Book World, I’ve been missing regular reading recommendations. And Hut’s Place looks lively, interesting and the brevity is helpful as well.”
“Your column has helped me discover books that I have subsequently purchased at my local independent bookstore. Some books I've given as gifts and some are for myself. I just picked up The Rosie Project today. I’ve shared the column with many people and will send along to some others. You are providing a great service to book lovers.”
“I love your column. It sends me scrambling down to my local independent book store, Book Passage, to buy yet more books. It also has me passing your recommendations to my several book groups. Thank you.”
“Hut’s Place is a hit with me. I love the format and I trust your recommendations and always buy Indie if I can.”
“Since joining the mailing list for Hut’s Place, I’ve purchased a number of great books based on Hut’s recommendations; in fact I go to the site every time I need a new book.”
“Just wanted to send a shout out to Hut for giving me good ideas every week in my quest for good books... now that, as a former librarian, I no longer have the luxury of being in the know when it comes to books.”
Read the latest edition of Hut’s Place here. If you want to forward to customers and encourage them to subscribe, make sure to remind them that the books they read about are available at your store.
NCIBA Discovery Show Registration Now Open
The Attendee Packet and program for our 2014 Discovery Show is ready for viewing here (517KB PDF). All current members will receive the packet via email as well. We urge interested parties to register soon, as some of our paid events will sell out prior to the show. Note: the NCIBA Discovery Show is not open to members of the public.
Authors Galore at Fall Discovery Show
The NCIBA office and board of directors has been busy lining up author appearances for our Discovery Show, and we’re pleased to offer up a preview of the speakers for our three meal events. Authors are listed alphabetically, not in order of preference — we love ’em all!
BUZZ LUNCH (authors with new books in early 2015)
Joshua Davis, Spare Parts, FSG
Jan Ellison, A Small Indiscretion, Random House
Geronimo T. Johnson, Welcome to Braggsville, Harper
Alaine Ohanesian, Orhan’s Inheritance, Algonquin
Stewart O'Nan, West of Sunset, Viking
Ann Packer, The Children’s Crusade, Scribner
Priya Parmar, Vanessa and Her Sister, Ballantine
Kazu Kibuishi, Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien, Scholastic
and Raina Telgemeier, Sisters, Scholastic
Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun, Dial
Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately, Delacorte
Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds, S&S
T. Jefferson Parker, Full Measure, St. Martin’s
Rebecca Solnit, The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, Trinity University Press
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light, Simon & Schuster
Sarah Thornton, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, Norton
We’ll also be kicking off the show this year with Keynote speaker (and local hero) Daniel Handler, discussing his forthcoming novel We Are Pirates (Bloomsbury). One of the early readers of the book, Neil Gaiman, has this to say about it: “Honest and funny, dark and painful, We Are Pirates reads like the result of a nightmarish mating experiment between Joseph Heller and Captain Jack Sparrow. It’s the strangest, most brilliant offering yet from the mind behind Lemony Snicket.”