2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award Winners

A panel of nine booksellers from the Pacfic Northwest region have announced this year's winners of the prestigious PNBA book award. Out of nearly 300 nominees of books penned by authors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the panel chose six winners. You can see the winning titles listed below, as well as a brief note from the panel of judges about each book.

Call Me Home Cover Image
By Megan Kruse, Elizabeth Gilbert (Introduction by)
$15.16
ISBN: 9780990437000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hawthorne Books - March 3rd, 2015

In this beautifully written, haunting family drama, Kruse explores themes of abuse, fear, love, longing and home. An absolutely gripping read from an amazing debut author also recognized as a 2015 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree.”


Children & Other Wild Animals: Notes on Badgers, Otters, Sons, Hawks, Daughters, Dogs, Bears, Air, Bobcats, Fishers, Mascots, Charles Darwin, Newts, Cover Image
By Brian Doyle, Cort Conley (Editor), Mary Miller Doyle (Illustrator)
$15.16
ISBN: 9780870717543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oregon State University Press - October 2014

From Herman the Sturgeon to his own children, in his signature poetic prose, Doyle observes the fascinating creatures that share his world. This is a work of gratitude, a book that celebrates others—human or otherwise—and their unique ways of coloring our world. As a reader, you cannot help but catch Doyle’s contagious appreciation.”


The Game of Love and Death Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780545668347
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

Like a perfectly paced black-and-white film on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this magical, romantic story is about love in all its variations, soaring and musical, sad and beautiful all at once. Published for YA, this sophisticated story will also be loved by adults lucky enough to discover it somewhere other than their usual shelf.”


The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9780465055999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - March 24th, 2015

This is the kind of accessible science writing that keeps readers engrossed, never realizing how much knowledge they’re picking up along the way. Who knew that seeds could be so fascinating? Hanson’s narrative voice and personal anecdotes make for easy and enjoyable reading—and learning.”


Undermajordomo Minor Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9780062281203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco Press - September 15th, 2015

When Lucy leaves his childhood home to accept a vague position at Castle Von Aux, the decision guarantees his life will never be the same. A demented Baron, a secret letter, a couple of pickpockets, a very large hole, and true love all play integral parts in this quirky quasi-modern fairytale. Weird, funny, dark and delightful.”


Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781449470760
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 26th, 2015

Simpson perfectly captures what it’s like to be a fourth-grader. But the real magic of this book is not the spot-on depiction of childhood or even the self-enamored unicorn; it’s her use of whip-smart humor and pop culture mining to appeal to both kids and adults that makes this book sparkle.”


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2016 PNBA Book Award Shortlist

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

2016 Book Award Shortlist

Every year, a panel of book-loving people get together and put forth a list of the "best of the best" books from Pacific Northwestern authors. This year the nearly 300 nominees have been narrowed down to the twelve that make up the shortlist. In Jaunary that list will be narrowed down even further, and the PNBA will announce no more than six winners of their annual book award. Previous winners of this prestigious award include such well-loved authors as Erik Larson, Sherman Alexie and Ursula LeGuin. This year we are excited to see that two of the nominees, Thor Hanson and Brian Doyle, are authors that have visited our stores for events in the past. The PNBA book awards give us a chance to recognize authors from our region, and maybe discover a few new favorites. We encourage you to take a look at some of this year's nominees. If you've already read any of them, let us know what you thought!

Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America Cover Image
$12.76
ISBN: 9781618934215
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Time Home Entertainment - October 13th, 2015

Bruce Barcott, Seattle WA


The Game of Love and Death Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780545668347
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

Martha Brockenbrough, Seattle WA


If I Fall, If I Die Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780804140829
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth - October 20th, 2015

Michael Christie, Galiano Island BC


Undermajordomo Minor Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9780062281203
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco Press - September 15th, 2015

Patrick DeWitt, Portland OR


Children & Other Wild Animals: Notes on Badgers, Otters, Sons, Hawks, Daughters, Dogs, Bears, Air, Bobcats, Fishers, Mascots, Charles Darwin, Newts, Cover Image
By Brian Doyle, Cort Conley (Editor), Mary Miller Doyle (Illustrator)
$15.16
ISBN: 9780870717543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oregon State University Press - October 2014

Brian Doyle, Portland OR
 


This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Cover Image
$20.76
ISBN: 9781616202613
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - September 8th, 2015

Jonathan Evison, Bainbridge Island WA


The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781619025837
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

Gary Ferguson, Red Lodge MT


The Nightingale Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9781250080400
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 4th, 2016

Kristin Hannah, Bainbridge Island WA


The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9780465055999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - March 24th, 2015

Thor Hanson, San Juan Island WA


Call Me Home Cover Image
By Megan Kruse, Elizabeth Gilbert (Introduction by)
$15.16
ISBN: 9780990437000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hawthorne Books - March 3rd, 2015

Megan Kruse, Seattle WA


Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781449470760
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 26th, 2015

Dana Simpson, Auburn WA


Seveneves Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780062190376
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - May 19th, 2015

Neal Stephenson, Seattle WA


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Exciting Development for Paulina Springs Books

The Redmond Store prepares for New Ownership

As you may be aware, we have been working to sell our store in Redmond. I'm excited to announce we've reached an agreement with Kaci Aslamov for the purchase of our bookstore in Redmond.Kaci Aslamov

Kaci, a Central Oregon native, lives in Redmond with her husband, Vlad, their two pigs and dog. For twelve years, Kaci was actively involved in arts and cultural organizations in Seattle, including the Seattle Opera and Richard Hugo House (a place for writers). Kaci is excited to keep Redmond's Indie bookstore thriving. She is an avid reader as well as a bookbinding hobbyist; just the sort of creative, capable person we were hoping to find.

Kaci plans on operating the bookstore similar to our practices over the last eight years. She is looking forward to hosting author events, participating in community activities and carrying products similar to those you have come to expect. We're thrilled that this bookstore will continue to serve the community's literary and playtime (toys and games) needs. The store's new name will be Herringbone Books, which I think is a great name. Herringbone refers to a style of sewn bookbinding.

However, there is one snag. When we opened our Redmond store, we intended to maintain a separate sets of books for each store. For a complexity of reasons, this turned out to be unrealistic, requiring us to maintain books company-wide, which means we are unable to produce store-specific financial date. In the current lending climate banks are unwilling to provide a loan on a business without the data we could not provide. I knew going in this might pose a challenge, but Kaci had a great lending officer who wanted to make it happen. In the end, the bank superiors would not sign off on it.

We decided to carry the contract ourselves, but in order to maintain sufficient fiscal health in the Sisters store, we had to require a down payment beyond Kaci's resources. After considerable efforts on both of our parts, we were unable to find a solution. So we decided to seek help from the community.

Crowdfunding is a fairly new solution that businesses, including bookstores, have successfully used to make transitions such as this. It allows the impacted community to participate in making the dream possible. Many hands contributing what they can afford for a common good.

Folks interested in learning more about the project or contributing to the cause can follow this link: Herringbone Books

You'll find many levels of participation, beginning at $10, as well as a variety of fun perks available as well. So, if you're as thrilled as I am that Redmond will continue enjoying an indie bookstore offering great service, a broad selection of books and goods, and hosting literary events for the community, join our campaign by visiting the link above. If you would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact me or Cynthia at the store.

As it says on the crowd funding site, the #1 way you can support this effort is by spreading the word.

Repost our Indiegogo site on your Facebook page and other social media.

Thank you so much,

Brad

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eRead Local

Shop Local on your eReader

and get a $5 credit toward your first ebook purchase

Between now and Nov. 29th, you'll receive a $5 credit when you sign up to buy your ebooks through Paulina Springs Books. All you have to do is sign up through our website!

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A Unique Opportunity

A New Page Turns

in the Paulina Springs Books history

The following is copy from a letter that went out last week to about 6500 of our Central Oregon patrons announcing that the Paulina Springs Books store in Redmond is for sale. It pretty much says it all. If you, or someone you know, is interested in the possibility of owning this valuable community asset, please email us and we can send you an information packet that will provide you with the necessary information to begin a cursory exploration of the opportunity this presents. Our email address is books@paulinasprings.com.

 

Hello Paulina Springs Books patrons,

In June 2003 I purchased Paulina Springs from Dick Sandvik and Diane Campbell. The strong community association they developed was what I found most interesting in the business. The connections went deep in Sisters, but also extended to Bend, Redmond and beyond. Having spent 25 years managing a community owned store gave me tremendous appreciation for kinship between enterprise and community.

Together with my sister, Cynthia, I opened Paulina Springs in Redmond in 2007. This became an inopportune time with the subsequent economic downturn and explosion of digitial readership. We stayed afloat, remaining a successful business in Sisters and becoming an integral part of downtown Redmond. Our success is entirely due to your loyalty as patrons. We are grateful to each of you for supporting us.

Another page in the story arrived with changes to my health necessitating I scale back my activities. Since discovering my health condition, I've managed to work less, but not enough. Consequently, Cynthia & I have decided to pass on the reins and sell Paulina Springs Books in Redmond.

It is our intention to find someone with the passion and cababilities to continue nurturing and growing this important community asset. Bookstores are central to a community's ability to maintain a sense of identity and connection-- much like libraries are an essential public service any community deserves. Cynthia and I feel strongly Redmond deserves its own bookstore and we intend to work hard finding someone who will build upon the humble beginnings we began here.
 

Our Redmond store presents an exciting opprotunity for anyone interested in owning their own business. The store has great potential to engage a larger precentage of the Redmond population. Ourdowntown core is becoming a vibrant and active component of the Redmond community. As it continues to develop, it will continue attracting more Redmond residents and new business. Our extensive product line (books, games, toys, etc) psotions the store well for new owners to stay on track of building success and remaining a signature element of the downtown vitality.

Were I healthier, I would view the Redmond bookstore with enthusiasm. There are many untapped opprotunities here we have yet to pursue. Given enthusiasm and energy, new owners could double the business we've built.

People tend to think it requires an avid reader to become a bookstore owner. Not so. The most important elements are a commitment to community and basic business smarts. You can always hire readers!

Our Redmond store is essentialy a turn-key operation. New owners will obtain a business with quality fixtures, a robust level of technology, and a strong selection of inventory. As operatorsthey will be able to focus on marketing, merchandising, outreach to the community and getting to know the clientele. They will have ample avenues to put their own mark on the business and create a successful venture.

Please know our first objective is to find someone who will protect this community asset. If you know of someone you think could fill those shoes, don't hesitate to send them our way.

Thanks for all your support,

Brad & Cynthia

 

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