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Book of the Year Award Finalists
The finalists for this NCIBA Book of the Year awards have been announced, and we encourage all employees of member bookstores to vote for their favorite titles in any or all of the eight categories. Here’s the ballot (98K PDF), which has also been mailed to all bookstores — deadline for votes is March 12, so act quickly!
View This Year’s NCIBA Book Catalog
You can find a pdf (2.4MB PDF) of our holiday (and beyond) catalog here; feel free to post it on your website. The catalog was inserted this year in all home subscriber copies of the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News, and 40 NCIBA member bookstores are distributing personally imprinted copies to their customers.
This Year’s Catalog Cover
NCIBA Spring Gathering and ABA Forum is Sunday, March 30
Join us in the Presidio for a day of education, information, socializing and more. We’ll have 15 authors at our Author Reception, our annual Speed Dating Rep Picks and we’ll wrap the day up with a California Bookstore Day marketing kickoff. Click here to see the full schedule and registration sheet (279K PDF) — sign up now!
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.
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.