PNBA – Days Two and Three

The last two days of PNBA were a whirlwind. I did a variety of tasks: registration desk, author signings, breakfast with the authors, and door. But on each day, I ended up doing “Library/Breakdown” which is always awesome.

A quick introduction, too. This is Lana (I’m in the orange beside her). She introduced me to PNBA after we volunteered at Willamette Writers last year. THANK YOU, LANA! This is a great experience for me.

So, Day Two was business as usual. I met a few people. I hung out with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. And I was present at the author’s breakfast. There were 4 authors: two adult titles and two children’s/YA titles. I was lucky to get a copy of David Wiesner’s Art & Max, which is a children’s book:

David Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott winner (Flotsam is delish). He signed his newest book, Art & Max, which is a gem! The art is beautiful and the story is both amusing and profound. His presentation was wonderful!

And on Day Three, I came away with a few prizes, which I love.

Vladimir Tod is a series of YA books that I just got into – and I am enjoying them immensely. The first is Eighth Grade Bites. I’m sure you get the idea! On the last day, as people were packing up, I got a free bag.

The last goodie was a real surprise. A book representative was offering t-shirts from a book called Chicken Big. On the last day, as I was cleaning up, she handed me one and I said “thank you.” I wasn’t quite sure what I was thanking her for. Check out this shirt:

It’s a story about a “critter” who emerges from an egg and all the other barnyard animals wonder “what is it?” Delightful story. It’s a little huge for me, but I’m wearing the shirt to work today.

Next year? ABSOLUTELY! The volunteer coordinator is going to give me additional duties next year. I had a ball again! Thanks to Ben for helping me understand the author signing routine, to “the sisters” for helping me learn the ins and outs, to Larry and Karen for giving me the right amount of responsibility at the registration desk, and to Lana for introducing me to this event.


PNBA – Day One

Again, I am volunteering at the PNBA Trade Show. PNBA = Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. I had a complete ball last year so I was invited back to volunteer all three days.

Last night, I was a part of the Author Night Capper. About 20 – 30 authors from all over the Pacific Northwest (mostly) participated. Books varied from non-fiction to cookbooks to adult fiction to children’s books.

And – once again – I was honoured to be seated with a fantastic author: Ron Lovell.

Ron is a former Journalism professor at OSU who retired a while ago. Now, he writes a mystery series with a professor as the protagonist: Thomas Martindale! The book he brought with him last night is the 8th in the series, Murder in E-Flat Major, which was released last July.

As I sat with Ron, he regaled me with funny stories about some of his signings – and offered fantastic advice for when I’m sitting on that side of the table autographing my books. ☺ And it was neat to see book buyers and booksellers talk to him about his series. Some were fakey-fake, but most were genuine and pleased that he has a new book out. Some just wanted books for their Christmas list, I’m sure. Giggle.

So, I’m about 1/3 of the way through the book – and it’s wonderful. The cover is absolutely gorgeous (as you can see from the picture) and each chapter number is enveloped in a cello. His details are spot-on without being overwhelming and his characters are intelligent, interesting, and very human. The Pacific Northwest comes alive in his books as it takes place (mostly) on the Oregon coast: Newport, Yaquina Bay, and Drift Creek Falls. I will offer a full review at a later date.

So, today, I head back this afternoon. I’m working ½ day today doing registration and clean-up so that we can be ready for Saturday. I’m working the entire day on Saturday: 7:30 to about 3:00.

Busy! Busy! But I love it!


A YAY for me and a YAY for Dr. Horrible!

As you might remember, I was working the PNBA trade show this last weekend. I had a complete blast! I met some amazing and funny and talented and powerful people. And had fun doing it. I hope Greg invites me back next year because I would love to do this again.

Yesterday, I helped with author signings. I worked with 3 YA novelists and one murder-mystery author. Then, I hauled and counted books for the PNBA Rural library donation. It was a busy day even though 1/2 of the people and publishers were there. But it made for a nice day!

Yay for me (from author Lili St. Crow):

From Lili’s website: “Last night I was at the PNBA Nightcapper event. The volunteers were awesome, especially Patti, who stood next to me and handed me books, soothing me all the while.” http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/journal/ (dated September 11, 2009).


Seriously, Lily St. Crow was fantastic and wonderful and funny and amazing and I loved loved loved working with her. I dropped her a quick line and told her how many of my fellow volunteers and some of the booksellers were commenting all weekend about how much fun  we were having! And we were. I really enjoyed working with her. THANKS LILI!!!

Yay for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog:

I love, love, love Dr. Horrible. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a 3-part story about a man who wants to be a famous villain (Dr. Horrible).  But there are complications.

And the majority of it is sung! Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible) is a FANTASTIC singer.

Anyway, they won an EMMY!!


If you need a good laugh – and to have a cool song stuck in your head. Check out Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog!


PNBA Trade Show Day 2

Day two was also a lot of fun! The people I’m working with are hilarious and knowledgeable! And I’m learning a lot about “the glamour” of being a writer. Not so glamourous!

Today, I worked the front doors as the floor opened. We had to make sure people had badges and that they didn’t bring in large suitcases in order to remove large piles of books!

Here was my view from the door. There were over 180 booths and tables.



I then ate some lunch and moved some boxes of books around the trade floor. At the end of the day, many of the publishers decided to leave their books on the trade floor.  Apparently, it’s cheaper to leave them there than mail them back to their publisher. Ridiculous.

So, the PNBA has set up a program where the majority of the discards go to a rural library.  This year, the books are going to a library in Idaho.

The rest of the discards are put on a “free” table. And we got first dibs.

My pile:


Quite a few of the books are for kids and young adults, so I envision using them as rewards at my job. I will blog about some of my treasures later – after I read some of them.

Off to get some rest. I’m kinda pooped. Another long day tomorrow. I work the autograph area tomorrow, then finishing up cleaning up the trade show floor (1/2 of the houses, publishers, businesses will be there tomorrow).


PNBA Trade Show 2009

I am volunteering at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Trade Show this year.  I started last night with a quick training, the stuffing of materials – then off to the Nightcapper which is the evening autograph session with an open bar and dessert goodies.

I ended up working with a local author the entire evening. Lili St. Crow, who is a FABULOUS and WONDERFUL woman. She has written over 30 books thus far, still works at her local book store, and is raising 3 kiddos. Very busy! Her most recent book is her first YA series. The book is titled Strange Angels. The second book in the 5-part series, Betrayals, is coming out in November.

She and I had a complete blast last night. We were laughing and joking – and she was wonderful with the persons who came to our table. And she may have talked me into do the GPS option on my iPhone.

This is us:


I also met other wonderful authors:

Patrick deWitt is a local author who wrote Ablutions, which came out earlier in the year. I didn’t get to chat with him much, but he’s going to be at Wordstock, so I’ll see him later.

The third author I visited with is a Seattle-based author, Cherie Priest, who wrote a cyberpunk novel called Boneshaker, which is due out at the end of the month. I have a signed Advanced Uncorrected Proof.

This is me with Cherie Priest:


She’s gorgeous up close! Guess that’s why I look like I have stick up my butt! :-)

Off I go! Second day today! Have a good one – whatever you do!