When the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association named their annual Book Award winners for 2011, they asked each recipient to pick his or her favorite local indie bookstore at which to celebrate the honor. Here are some neighborhood parties with an open invitation for you.
“Librarian of the Year,” and in these parts the decade, Nancy Pearl will be presented her PNBA “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her Book Lust series when she appears at Elliott Bay Book Co. (Seattle, WA) on Monday, Feb 28. This free event starts at 6pm.
Sarahlee Lawrence, author of the memoir River House, will appear at Paulina Springs Books (Sisters, OR) on Wednesday, March 2 to receive her award. That free event, 6:30pm, is a punctuated stop in a busy itinerary for Lawrence, who visits many other Oregon bookstores and libraries over the following week. View them all at her publisher’s website, Tin House Books.
Karl Marlantes, author of the Vietnam War epic Matterhorn, will be presented his award at Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA), on Saturday, March 12. This one comes with a bonus, as following Marlantes 6:30 reading and ceremony, you can stick around for the live music of The MoodSwings, Seattle’s all-female big band! Marlantes and The MoodSwings, hmm, has a nice ring. Both events are free.
Rediscovered Bookshop (Boise, ID) will hold a reception for Anthony Doerr, author of the short story collection Memory Wall, on Saturday, April 9, 7pm. This is also a free event, and refreshments will be served.