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

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.
Jonathan Lethem was on hand at the office recently to sign copies of his new novel Chronic City for bookstores.
Jonathan Lethem was on hand at the office recently to sign copies of his new novel Chronic City for bookstores.
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California Bookstore Day Buzz!

A press release sent to media throughout the state is drawing a wealth of attention to California Bookstore Day. Participating bookstores are welcome to use part or all of the release in their own local outreach. The full press release, which includes a quote from Michael Pollan, is posted on cabookstoreday.com.

California To Celebrate Indie Bookstores on California Bookstore Day, May 3rd

Nearly 100 bookstores to feature parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — March 18, 2014 (PRWeb) — The first-ever California Bookstore Day (CBD), set for Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, promises to delight book lovers of all ages and interests thanks to the incredible combination of authors, events, and exciting day-of activities planned at nearly 100 participating independent bookstores across the state.

From Eureka to San Diego, California book lovers can stop into their favorite local participating store to enjoy a number of planned community-oriented literary events. While there they can also purchase exclusive, CBD-only books and book-related items from authors such as Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Don DeLillo, Lemony Snicket, Michael Pollan, Lisa Brown and many others. These books and items are not available anywhere else on any other day.

Across the state, bookstores are planning their unique events for California Bookstore Day, including readings featuring Dave Eggers, Lisa Brown, Isabel Allende, Michael Pollan, Wendy McNaughton, and many, many more. Visitors to their favorite participating bookstore can expect to enjoy everything from giveaways to parties, food trucks to fortune telling. Check with your local participating bookstore for more information on specific events.

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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.

California Bookstore Day
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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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California Bookstore Day, May 3, 2014

California Bookstore Day Special Merchandise!

A list of limited edition books, artwork, and merchandise from authors like George Saunders, Neil Gaiman, Brian Selznick, and Michael Pollan that will be sold exclusively through participating bookstores on California Bookstore Day, May 3, 2014, is now available for perusal at cabookstoreday.com. The daylong event will also include numerous giveaways, in-store activities, author appearances, and more, as individual independent bookstores celebrate in their own unique way. The website will have an up-to-date list of participating bookstores, as well as planned events as the day grows nearer.