the awards biz

June 24, 2016

PNBAEver wonder what it’s like to be on a book awards committee? We don’t have all the secrets, but there are some hints regarding the Pacific Northwest Book Awards scattered around the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) website.

According to the Awards Committee Guidelines, “The typical PNBA Awards Committee member spends about 20 hours each year on PNBA conferences and correspondence, and an enormous amount of time reviewing the 300+ books that might be nominated.” Committee members are employees of current PNBA member bookstores.

If you go to the Pacific Northwest Book Awards page and click on 2017 Nominees, you can see a list of titles that have been nominated and are being considered. But that’s not the complete list because nominations remain open until September 30, 2016. The committee typically picks six books in October and announces the awards in January.

Somebody’s reading a lot of books this summer.


what to read next…

November 18, 2014


Each year since 1965, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) has “presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest.” The Award committee today announced its shortlist of 15 titles for the 2015 PNBA Award. See the list, read a book…and congratulations to these local writers!

PNBA Award in Poetry

January 17, 2014

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Robert Wrigley - Anatomy of MelancholyCongratulations to Robert Wrigley, whose collection Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems was selected for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2014 Award for Poetry.

Wrigley, an Idaho resident, will celebrate his award with local fans at Bookpeople of Moscow (Idaho).

Learn more about Robert Wrigley and visit his page on Facebook.

Read the poem, Anatomy of Melancholy, which appeared in Poetry magazine.

Find out about the other 2014 PNBA Book Award recipients.

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