The NCIBA in Pictures
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.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (W.W. Norton)
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)
Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart (Algonquin)
Fire Break by George Albon (Nightboat Books)
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
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).
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.”
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:
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