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2002 PNBA Fall Trade Show Preview

Lynda Barry and Bill Gates will speak at banquet
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) fall trade show will be held on September 13 - 15 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. A full slate of workshops and panels for booksellers, publishers, and authors, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner events, is planned.

On Thursday evening, September 12, prior to the opening of Tradeshow Northwest, the American Booksellers Association will present a special three-hour financial session for booksellers. Participants will receive a series of Excel worksheets that will allow integration of such a system into any store's operations and will be invited to join a Special ABA Financial Group that will serve as the basis of a new ABACUS-style analysis of bookstore operations.

On Friday, September 13, PNBA has scheduled a full day of panels and workshops in addition to the booksellers school, "Bookselling Behind the Scenes," which runs from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The day will be capped by the "Autographing & Dessert Party," from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m., featuring the authors who spoke at the earlier Celebration, plus a few more special authors.

The trade exhibit, in the Oregon Convention Center Exhibit Hall, will be open from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 - 15. Author autographing events will take place on the convention floor from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

On Saturday, a Cocktail Party, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., will precede the Banquet, featuring Lynda Barry (One Hundred Demons, Sasquatch Books), Bill Gates Sr. (Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, Beacon Press), and Rosemary Wells (Getting to Know You! Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites, HarperCollins).

The Book and Author Breakfast, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, will feature Jill Conner Browne, (The Sweet Potato Queens' Big Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner, Three Rivers Press), Nikki Giovanni (Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems, William Morrow), and Mark Teague (Dear Mrs. LaRue, Scholastic).

"Meet the Authors Lunch," at which four nationally recognized authors will rotate from table to table, discussing their new books and answering questions, will be held on the exhibit floor from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Featured authors include David James Duncan (My Story as Told by Water, Sierra Club Books), Jayne Ann Krentz (Light in Shadow, Putnam), G.M. Ford (Black River, Morrow), and Jack Prelutsky (Scranimals, Greenwillow).