NCIBA MISSION STATEMENT

Promoting the vitality, diversity and prosperity of independent bookselling as essential to the life of our communities and crucial to the dissemination of ideas in our society.

The NCIBA in Pictures

Our 'new' logo for the 2015 California Bookstore Day. Same cute bear, same first Saturday in May.
Our “new” logo for the 2015 California Bookstore Day. Same cute bear, same first Saturday in May.
Ridley Pearson is IN for California Bookstore Day!
Ridley Pearson is IN for California Bookstore Day!
Book of the Year award winner Gene Luen Yang is IN! for California Bookstore Day.
Book of the Year award winner Gene Luen Yang is IN! for California Bookstore Day.
Isabel Allende poses with a California Bookstore Day book bag at Pegasus Books in Berkeley.
Isabel Allende poses with a California Bookstore Day book bag at Pegasus Books in Berkeley.
Gallery Bookshop owner Christie Olson Day is pictured with the NCIBA plaque announcing her store as this year’s winner of the Outstanding Community Bookstore in Northern California.
Gallery Bookshop owner Christie Olson Day is pictured with the NCIBA plaque announcing her store as this year’s winner of the Outstanding Community Bookstore in Northern California.
Thaisa Frank reading from her new book Enchantment at Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley.
Thaisa Frank reading from her new book Enchantment at Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley.
Michael Ondaatje visited the NCIBA office in December to chat with booksellers and sign pre-ordered copies of The Cat’s Table.
Michael Ondaatje visited the NCIBA office in December to chat with booksellers and sign pre-ordered copies of The Cat’s Table.
Penguin sales reps Lindsay Wood (left) and Wendy Pearl hosted Sebastian Barry for a book signing and meet-and-greet to promote his new book On Caanan's Side at the NCIBA offices in late September.
Penguin sales reps Lindsay Wood (left) and Wendy Pearl hosted Sebastian Barry for a book signing and meet-and-greet to promote his new book On Caanan’s Side at the NCIBA offices in late September.
The NCIBA office recently hosted a signing and meet-and-greet with Grace Bonney, author of Design*Sponge at Home.
The NCIBA office recently hosted a signing and meet-and-greet with Grace Bonney, author of Design*Sponge at Home.
The NCIBA office was delighted to host a meet-and-greet with booksellers and Suzanne Collins, who personalized more than 200 copies of Mockingjay right before the holiday selling season. Photo by Carol Seajay.
The NCIBA office was delighted to host a meet-and-greet with booksellers and Suzanne Collins, who personalized more than 200 copies of Mockingjay right before the holiday selling season. Photo by Carol Seajay.
Before his Thursday lunch appearance at the NCIBA Trade Show, Michael Cunningham sat down at the NCIBA booth and signed 400 copies of By Nightfall that had been pre-ordered by stores. Photo by Calvin Crosby.
Before his Thursday lunch appearance at the NCIBA Trade Show, Michael Cunningham sat down at the NCIBA booth and signed 400 copies of By Nightfall that had been pre-ordered by stores. Photo by Calvin Crosby.
Jonathan Franzen relaxes with NCIBA's Carol Seajay and Hut Landon after signing more than 500 copies of Freedom for our bookstores. Photo by Gigi Reinheimer.
Jonathan Franzen relaxes with NCIBA’s Carol Seajay and Hut Landon after signing more than 500 copies of Freedom for our bookstores. Photo by Gigi Reinheimer.
Bookseller favorite Barbara Kingsolver signed over 400 copies of The Lacuna at our offices in November.
Bookseller favorite Barbara Kingsolver signed over 400 copies of The Lacuna at our offices in November.
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Northern California Independent Booksellers Honor Local Authors With Book of the Year Awards

Booksellers from more than 100 independent bookstores, all members of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA), have chosen the winners of the 2014 Book of the Year Awards, honoring books in 8 different categories that were first published in 2013. This year, the board of NCIBA also selected two poetry collections of Robert Duncan for Special Mention.

Member bookstores will receive this full-color poster (3.9MB PDF) featuring all the winning titles.

FICTION

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)

NONFICTION

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (W.W. Norton)

REGIONAL

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya (Bloomsbury)

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK (Tie)

Battle Bunny by Mac Barnett and Jon Scieszka (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

MIDDLE GRADE READERS

Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (Dial)

TEEN LIT

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)

FOOD WRITING

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart (Algonquin)

POETRY

Fire Break by George Albon (Nightboat Books)

SPECIAL MENTION

Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays by Robert Duncan & Peter Quartermain (Editor), University of California Press

Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose by Robert Duncan & James Maynard (Editor), University of California Press

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Hut’s Place: Weekly Words About Books

Weekly Column Touts New Titles, Good Reads On Store Shelves

NCIBA Executive Director Hut Landon is now writing a weekly column called HUT’S PLACE. The column, which is sent via email through Constant Contact to subscribers (for free), is aimed at book consumers. The goal is to keep readers up to date about new books hitting the shelves, share what booksellers are recommending in their stores, comment on titles landing on bestseller lists, and pass on occasional news about the book world.

Oh, and singing the praises of independent bookstores as often as possible.

Hut’s Place is not a place for long, wordy reviews or literary criticism; it’s designed to be a quick, fun read for book-buying customers and to motivate them to visit their local independent more frequently. Back issues of the column can be accessed here.

If you’re so inclined, email and we’ll send you a copy of the column. Then, if you’d like to help spread the word, simply forward that email to anyone you think would be interested; let them know they can subscribe for free by clicking the Join Our Mailing List button in the column.

New Name, New Focus for NCIBA Fall Show

Reflecting booksellers’ interest in discovering new things — be it books, authors, or information — we’ve renamed our trade show the NCIBA Discovery Show and will be asking exhibitors to choose “Discover Me” titles for display at their tables and booths. More information can be found in our Exhibitor Packet (651KB PDF).

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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 DavisSpare Parts, FSG
Jan EllisonA Small Indiscretion, Random House
Geronimo T. JohnsonWelcome to Braggsville, Harper
Alaine OhanesianOrhan’s Inheritance, Algonquin
Stewart O'NanWest of Sunset, Viking
Ann PackerThe Children’s Crusade, Scribner
Priya ParmarVanessa and Her Sister, Ballantine

CHILDREN’S TEA

Kazu KibuishiAmulet #6: Escape from Lucien, Scholastic
and Raina Telgemeier, Sisters, Scholastic
Jandy NelsonI’ll Give You the Sun, Dial
Frank PortmanKing Dork Approximately, Delacorte
Scott WesterfeldAfterworlds, S&S

AUTHOR BRUNCH

T. Jefferson ParkerFull Measure, St. Martin’s
Rebecca SolnitThe Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, Trinity University Press
Garth SteinA Sudden Light, Simon & Schuster
Sarah Thornton33 Artists in 3 Acts, Norton

Daniel Handler

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.”

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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.