2019 PNBA Tradeshow

IMPORTANT NOTE: PNBA Tradeshows are open only to book industry professionals. The shows are NOT open to the general public.

The PNBA Fall Tradeshow is the premier book industry event in the Pacific Northwest. Held annually in late September or early October, the show features three days of events aimed at the owners of and buyers for independent bookstores, publishers, authors, librarians, and other people in the bookselling industry. Blue Cactus Press will participate in PNBA’s annual tradeshow for the second year in a row, and we’re incredibly excited to chat with other industry professionals about what we’ve been up to, our newest books, and where we’re headed in the coming year.

For those interested in participating, or just curious about the event, here’s a quick breakdown: The first day of the show is filled with seminars for booksellers publishers, and librarians, and features readings and autographing sessions with numerous authors.  Hundreds of exhibitors show their wares on the second day, and the third day is reserved for more exhibits and a variety of events featuring authors. The show includes several meals at which authors talk about their works, a “celebration of authors,”opportunities to get a book or two autographed by a favorite author, and chances to meet and talk with people from all aspects of the bookselling industry.

2018 PNBA Tradeshow

IMPORTANT NOTE: PNBA Tradeshows are open only to book industry professionals. The shows are NOT open to the general public.

The PNBA Fall Tradeshow is the premier book industry event in the Pacific Northwest. Held annually in late September or early October, the show features three days of events aimed at the owners of and buyers for independent bookstores, publishers, authors, librarians, and other people in the bookselling industry.

The first day of the show is filled with seminars for booksellers publishers, and librarians, and features readings and autographing sessions with numerous authors.  Hundreds of exhibitors show their wares on the second day, and the third day is reserved for more exhibits and a variety of events featuring authors. The show includes several meals at which authors talk about their works, a “celebration of authors,”opportunities to get a book or two autographed by a favorite author, and chances to meet and talk with people from all aspects of the bookselling industry.

Christina Butcher Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Join Cascadia Poetry Group in welcoming Christina Butcher to the stage at 3Mag! Christina will read new poems from her latest chapbook, How to Overstay Your Welcome, as well as a few from her debut poetry collection, Still Clutching Maps. Preceding Christina’s reading will be an open mic. 


Christina Butcher is a Chicana poet, publisher and veteran from New Mexico. She has a passion for storytelling and community involvement. She’s a working writer and is a regular contributor to The Ranger, Weekly Volcano, Hilltop Action Journal and Thurston County Chamber of Commerce’s VOICE Magazine. Her writing has also appeared in City Arts, Creative Colloquy, and OLY ARTS. She serves as the Write253 event coordinator for Louder Than A Bomb – Tacoma and frequently volunteers with Creative Colloquy.

Christina’s debut poetry collection, “Still Clutching Maps,” was published in May 2017 by Blue Cactus Press. It explores ideas of language, power, and place as they inform a person’s ever-evolving identity. Christina holds degrees in anthropology and Chinese-Mandarin language studies, as well as a certificate in storytelling and content strategy. She lives in Tacoma, Washington 

 

Tacoma AF Concert Series, Round 1

This is the first of 4 concerts in the Tacoma AF Music Series. This evening has a KILLER line up featuring the music of the Silver Dollars, Sister Madame, and Forest Beutel as well as the poetry of Jessie Anne Fouts.

The Silver Dollars: https://thesilverdollars.bandcamp.com/
Sister Madame: https://www.sistermadame.com/
Forest Beutel: https://www.forestmarekbeutel.com

The TACOMA AF Music Series features some of the best local bands, solo performers, and poets getting together to support Write253. MoveToTacoma is happy to support the vibrant artists essential to our city.

The music series consists of a total of 4 concerts, one per month in June, July, August, and September. All proceeds from each event will be donated to Write253, an organization dedicated to developing writing skills with Tacoma youth.

Tacoma AF is Sponsored by MoveToTacoma.com – all donations and money from ticket sales goes DIRECTLY to Write253!

2018 Summer SOULstice

Hosted by Tacoma’s Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, Summer SOULstice is an intersection of creativity, community and commerce. June 21st marks summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year. SOULstice will hold space to celebrate this annual miracle by featuring emerging and established artists from marginalized communities. The work will featured should carry themes of awakening and healing, personal connection to Earth and spirit. The weight of historical oppression, generational trauma has never diminished the indelible joy, creativity, innovation and pride of those on the margins. SOULstice underscores this victory.

Featured artists include Kellie Richardson, Thy Nguyen, Olivia Thomas and and funk/soul band Hybrid. In addition to feature performances, an exhibit space and artist market will feature work from local artists and entrepreneurs. Work will include every medium and price range. Tiffany Hammond, painter and muralist will also create a live painting during the performance.

Co-sponsored by Tacoma Art Museum and Tacoma Arts Commission, Summer SOULstice is FREE of charge to all who’d like to attend.

Tacoma Ocean Fest Youth Readings

Head to Tacoma Ocean Fest this June for a series of youth poetry readings focused on water, conservation and nature! In total, over 60 youth submitted entries to a poetry and film  contest from 9 Tacoma high and middle schools. A panel of judges selected 5 film finalists and 20 poetry finalists who will read/screen their work live at the festival on June 10 and be awarded fabulous prizes by Ryan Mello.

The film segment is from 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. and the poetry segment is from 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

The contest, sponsored by Tacoma Sunrise Rotary, springs from the first-ever Tacoma Ocean Fest, a free festival at the Foss Waterway Seaport on June 10 that brings together arts, sciences and water sports to help the city celebrate the ocean, learn about its threats and get inspired to protect it. The event is timed for World Ocean Day weekend.

The theme of the contest, open to all Tacoma and Chief Leschi middle and high school students, was to “be the voice of the ocean”, aligning with the festival’s environmental drive to inspire people to act on ocean threats like plastic and chemical pollution, acidification and over-fishing.

There will also be dance and music performances, food, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, scuba VR film and art at the event! Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of ocean-themed fun while supporting Tacoma youth at the Tacoma Ocean Fest!

Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Slam

Louder Than a Bomb-Tacoma: The Tacoma Teen Poetry Festival is an annual teen team poetry slam event that features poets ages 13-19 from schools and community organizations all over the South Puget Sound.
This year LTAB-Tacoma is bigger than ever! The day’s events will kick off with preliminary bouts at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., followed by the finals at 3:30 p.m. There will also be a Poetry Yoga workshop and a Community-wide Open Mic during the day. Throughout the event, young poets and their adult mentors will showcase their poetic talents at the finals, which are open to the public.
The program will also include special guest poets, educators and live DJs to create a fun and supportive environment for poets and audience alike. The event is all ages and free, although donations are appreciated. LTAB-Tacoma is presented by Write253 and Tacoma Community College’s Office of Student Engagement and funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission.

LTAB-Tacoma at Creative Colloquy

Creative Colloquy invites LTAB-Tacoma to host their monthly reading! DJ Lauren Von Deadly will keep the music flowing between readers and Michael Haeflinger will host. An open mic will follow  featured readers, who happen to be:

Annaka Clark
Christian Paige
Sara Geiger
Jinx Jones
and Diante Taylor

**This gathering is ALL AGES**