Kit was pleased to return to Portland for a visit with the members, board and staff of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association their fall trade show is always jam packed with great authors and great vendors. Here is Kit’s top 10 for #PNBA15.
#10 Author William Ritter speaking about his joy in turning his middle school students on to reading. He encouraged those in the audience to continue in their roles as “book pushers”.
#9 Having a table next to Nan Yurkanis, an amazing quilter, who has turned her quilt designs into a line of cards, journals and fine art prints. Check them out at www.yurkanis.com.
#8 Meeting Caitlin Baker from University Bookstore. She was the winner of the raffle prize – a scholarship paying for her travel to the show.
#7 A bookseller from the Well Read Moose in Coeur d’Alene, ID mentioned that when she worked for Borders, they had a similar foundation. Kit’s reply “No, you had THIS foundation! And thank you for helping to start it way back in 1996”
#6 The “Sweet & Greets” held each evening. Desserts and new books – it doesn’t get any better than that.
#5 Brian Doyle talking about all the antics growing up in his highly entertaining big Catholic family. His book Chicago is due out in March.
#4 Mac Burnett & Christian Robinson introducing their new book Leo:A Ghost Story. Before they were finished they had knighted the entire audience.
#3 Getting a chance to thank the membership at their annual meeting for their support, and telling them how the Binc Foundation is helping booksellers in need.
#2 Having very proud grandparents Robert & Karen Moore of Oregon Books & Games stop by to report that granddaughter & Binc Scholar, Bryanna, is doing very well in college. We love hearing how our scholarship winners are doing.
#1 Seeing so many booksellers with a red Binc Badge stamp on their name tags. The badge entitled the booksellers to autographed books and was a fundraiser for Binc. Last year the badge raised over $4,000 to help booksellers in need.