A Conversation About the State of Publishing 2012

RSVP DEADLINE: NOON TODAY. Please include meal choice and membership status.

Tuesday, January 31, 12-2pm Hotel Rex

2011 was an historic year in publishing. We bade farewell to Borders and now watch the metamorphosis of B&N. We held our breaths through industry-wide layoffs and new Amazon-created imprints. We cheered the strong end to a tough year for many independent booksellers, as new and improved reading devices debuted in what felt like record numbers. What’s next?

At the dawn of 2012, we gather veteran members of the publishing community to discuss their focus, plans, fears and what excites them about 2012. Just as our President comes before the nation to talk about the state of the country each year, we’ll attempt something similar, with a moderated
discussion about the state of our industry.

PANELISTS:
Hut Landon is president of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (www.NCIBA.com)

Elise Cannon is V.P., Director of Field Sales at PGW and The Perseus Books Group

Scott James writes a weekly column about the San Francisco area published in The New York Times and The Bay Citizen. He also writes fiction under the pen name Kemble Scott, and is the author of the bestselling novels “SoMa” and “The Sower”

MODERATOR: Bridget Kinsella is a veteran publishing industry journalist (Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness), and author of Visiting Life.

LUNCH OPTIONS:
Chicken Teriyaki: Teriyaki marinated chicken breast, steamed jasmine rice, teriyaki glaze (Please note: Tofu can be substituted for chicken)

Vegetarian: Mediterranean Chicken kabobs, but without the chicken, served with rice pilaf, hummus and grilled pita

All meals include bread and butter, and soda, coffee, and assorted teas. A platter of assorted desserts (lemon bars, cookie and brownies) will be placed in the middle of each table.

COST: Members $30.00, Non-Members $45.00. Cash/checks only. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. [Join or Renew your 2012 membership at the luncheon and receive the discounted Member rate the same day!]

If you RSVP and then are unable to attend, to avoid being billed you must submit your cancellation via email three business days prior to the event.

LOCATION: Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. The nearest BART station is POWELL. For driving directions, visit: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/rex/contact

To better serve our membership, we photograph select events for archival and promotional purposes. If you plan to attend this event but don’t wish to be filmed, please state this in your RSVP.

RSVP DEADLINE: NOON TODAY, Friday, January 27. Please include meal choice and membership status. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, 1/31!

Sincerely,

Adrienne Biggs, President
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK PUBLICITY & MARKETING ASSOCIATION
ncbpma@ncbpma.org
http://www.NCBPMA.org

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Join or Renew Your NCBPMA Membership

Dear Book-loving Friend,

Its January, which means it’s time to renew your membership to the Northern California Book Publicity and Marketing Association! Because our memberships run on the calendar year, it’s also the perfect time to join NCBPMA if you’ve been considering it, so that you get twelve full months of member benefits.

Wondering why you should join or renew?

  • Special member rates for monthly events: These events offer the perfect opportunity to meet others in publishing and gain new perspectives on the industry.
  • Book-to-film screenings! In the last two months of 2011, friends of NCBPMA were invited to advance screenings of The Rum Diary; Young Adult; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; and TinTin. In 2012, these invitations will be a members-only perk!
  • Subscription to the NCBPMA e-newsletter, The Monthly Muse: Find up-to-date information on NCBPMA happenings, practical information on book marketing and promotion, media and industry updates, and much more.
  • Exclusive content [coming soon!] at www.ncbpma.org, such as meeting notes, an event archive, a member directory, and past issues of the Muse.

We now offer three levels of membership:

  • Individual: $60 grants NCBPMA membership benefits for one person.
  • Corporate: $150 grants NCBPMA membership benefits for up to four individuals from a single organization.
  • New! Premium Corporate: $200 grants NCBPMA membership benefits for unlimited individuals from a single organization, plus recognition in select NCBPMA publications and events.

If you’d like to join or renew your NCBPMA membership, email your name, company, job title, and contact information to membership@ncbpma.org. Payments (check or money order payable to NCBPMA) can be made at the January 31st lunch event, or mailed to:

NCBPMA
ATTN: Membership
P.O. Box 597
San Francisco, CA 94104-0597

Publishing and the media are constantly intersecting, cross-pollinating, and evolving. Everyone benefits from a strong community where discussion and learning can take place to help successfully navigate the new frontier.

We look forward to you joining us as a new or continuing member in 2012!

Cheers,

Jennifer Balaco
NCBPMA Membership

PS: Know someone who might benefit from NCBPMA membership? If you refer a friend and they join, your next lunch event is FREE. Make sure they mention your name when joining

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You’re invited…

You’re invited to the annual NCBPMA Holiday Party…IT’S THIS WEDNESDAY!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 – 5:30 to 8:30 pm
New location: Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

RSVP by Tuesday, December 6 at Noon to ncbpma@ncbpma.org with your company
association, current membership status, and the number of people in your
party.

Before turning the page to 2012, let’s toast the Bay Area’s lively literary
community at a party at San Francisco¹s favorite literary boutique hotel!

The Northern California Book Publicity and Marketing Association (NCBPMA)
cordially invites you to celebrate the ever-evolving spirit of book
publishing with esteemed literary colleagues, book-loving friends and
special media guests!

At 6:30pm, we’ll make some important announcements, briefly introduce our
media guests and we’ll name the THREE December book-to-film preview
screening movies, so arrive early (and stay late)!

Complimentary wine, beer, and catered appetizers
Prize Raffle and free “Bring a Book/Take a Book” holiday exchange
$10 members, $20 guests and non-members
Cash or check only at the door; ask how to apply $10 toward your membership!

You may extend this invitation to your colleagues and friends. But please
note: this party is intended for publishing professionals, media, and their
significant others.

We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday!

With warmest holiday regards,
NCBPMA 2010 Board of Directors

Northern California Book Publicity & Marketing Association (NCBPMA) is an
organization devoted to education about the publicity, promotion, marketing,
and distribution of books (in all of their various formats) throughout
Northern California and beyond, since 1975. www.ncbpma.org
<http://www.ncbpma.org>

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November Events – RSVP Monday!

We’re hosting three–yes THREE!–wonderful November events NEXT WEEK!

Your RSVP to our Lunch Event qualifies you and one guest to attend up to TWO book-to-film sneak previews, also next week. Complete details below.

1) Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12:00 to 2:00pm
Salon Meeting Room at Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA (between Powell and Mason)

Successful NON-Bookstore Events: Learn Creative “Insider” Tips from five of the Bay Area’s best programmers of alternative literary events!

Ever wonder how the popular San Francisco Jewish Community Center selects which authors to host? Maybe you’ve heard about the Unitarian Universalist events but haven’t a clue who to pitch? Perhaps you’ve attended Berkeley City Arts and Lectures but aren’t sure if your client or book fits their roster? And just what does the Mechanics Institute Library do to promote authors?

Building on our last program about bookstore events, this month we broaden the conversation to include non-traditional book event venues. Anyone who promotes authors or schedules book events in the Bay Area should attend. Plus, it’s perfect timing–Spring and Summer 2012 events are being programmed NOW!

Our five panelists include:

BARBARA LANE is Director of Arts and Ideas at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.  She has worked at the Commonwealth Club, for television stations KPIX, KRON, and KQED as a producer and on-air, and at KGO Radio as executive producer.

After eight years as producer of Sedge Thomson’s West Coast Live, KATHI KAMEN GOLDMARK has moved on to her “next perfect gig” as Cultural Arts Director at the Palo Alto JCC, where she schedules event appearances for authors, musicians, comedians, film-makers, and playwrights.

LAURA SHEPPARD has worked as an events producer for 30+ years and produced large events such as the Earth Day Celebration and a theatrical opening for the Degas exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC. In 2000, she joined the staff of Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room. The Events Department presents weekly author events and has a film series called CinemaLit.

MELISSA MYTINGER produces programs with authors for Berkeley Arts & Letters, which she founded in the wake of Cody’s Books, where she managed in-store, off-site, and corporate events for over 25 years. Berkeley Arts & Letters is now a project under The Booksmith’s umbrella; Mytinger also manages all of Booksmith’s San Francisco events.

JAY ROLLER has been Facility Reservation Manager at the Unitarian Universalist Center for the past 5 years. His goal is to let people know that there are many beautiful spaces in San Francisco that are hidden treasures. He believes that the architectural award-winning building that houses the Unitarian Universalist Center is one of those treasures.

Moderator SAMANTHA RUBENSTEIN is a Publicist for Wiley Publishing, representing all the Jossey-Bass Education, Religion and Psychology titles. Samantha also serves on The Board of Directors of The Women’s Building in San Francisco and is a published poet and freelance writer. She joined the Board of NCBPMA in 2010 and currently serves as the organization’s co-events producer.

Meal choices are:
Vegetarian Cobb SALAD – Romaine lettuce, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, in a honey-mustard dressing or

Seared Flat iron STEAK marinated in chimichurri sauce served with smoked tomato salsa and crispy onion rings

All meals include bread and butter, and soda, coffee, and assorted teas. A platter of assorted desserts (lemon bars, cookie and brownies) will be placed in the middle of each table.

Reminder: to better serve our membership, we are now photographing select events for archival and promotional purposes. If you plan to attend this event but don’t wish to be filmed, please state this in your RSVP.

If you RSVP and then are unable to attend, to avoid being billed you must submit your cancellation via email three business days prior to the event.

COST: Members $30.00, Non-Members $45.00. Cash/checks only. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. [Renew your membership or Join at the luncheon and
enjoy the discounted Member rate the same day!]

LOCATION: Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. The nearest BART station is POWELL. For driving directions, visit: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/rex/contact

FINAL RSVP DEADLINE NOON MONDAY NOVEMBER 14.

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2) Book-to-Film Screening Monday, November 14, 7:30pm: YOUNG ADULTS

Directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody, and featuring Patton Oswalt, stars Charlize Theron as a divorced, semi-successful writer of young-adult novels who decides to return to her small Minnesota hometown, determined to win back her now (very) married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). NCBPMA has reserved 40 seats for this event, advance RSVP required. RSVP *only* if you are 100% sure you can come! Screening at AMC Metreon, 101 Fourth Street, San Francisco. MUST ARRIVE BY 7:15PM OR YOUR SEAT WILL BE FORFEITED. A suggested $5 per person donation to NCBPMA is appreciated and will be collected before the screening. Film opens in select cities this holiday season. Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing, Mandate Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
http://www.youngadultmovie.com/

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3) Book-to-Film Screening Wednesday, November 16, 7:15pm: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and John Hurt is based on the John Le Carre’ classic that redefined the spy thriller genre. This is a screening with the British Consulate. As an added bonus, star Gary Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson will be in attendance for a Q&A following. NCBPMA has reserved 75 seats for this very special event, advance RSVP required. RSVP *only* if you are 100% sure you can come! Screening at Century 9 SF Centre, 835 Market Street, San Francisco. MUST ARRIVE BY 6:45PM OR YOUR SEAT WILL BE FORFEITED. A suggested $5 per person donation to NCBPMA is appreciated and will be collected before the screening. Film opens in select cities December 9. Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing and Focus Features.
http://focusfeatures.com/tinker_tailor_soldier_spy

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When RSVPing for the Lunch, please include meal choice, membership status, and company name. Also include which book-to-film screening(s) you hope to attend, and if you’d like to bring a guest.

If you are unable to attend the Lunch, but you’d like to attend a screening, to get on the Wait List RSVP with you choice of film(s) and if you’d hope to bring a guest. If your seat is confirmed, you’ll receive an email the morning of your preferred screening(s).

I look forward to receiving your RSVP, and hope to see you at one, two or all three of these amazing events next week!

Cordially,

Adrienne Biggs, President
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK PUBLICITY & MARKETING ASSOCIATION
ncbpma@ncbpma.org
http://www.NCBPMA.org

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Special Preview Screening of THE RUM DIARY

NCBPMA members and their bookish friends are invited to a very special preview screening of THE RUM DIARY (based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson and starring Johnny Depp) at 7:30pm on Thursday 10/27 in San Francisco at the Century Centre 9 Theater (845 Market Street, Westfield Center, 5th Floor).

Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson, “The Rum Diary” tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart).

Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

MPAA Rating: R
THE RUM DIARY opens nationwide Friday, October 28th, 2011
Official Website: www.rumdiarythemovie.com/

Suggested donation to NCBPMA of $5-10 per person is kindly requested. Cash only, collected in the theater at 7:25pm.

EACH PERSON WHO WANTS TO ATTEND MUST RSVP to ncbpma@ncbpma.org by Wednesday October 26, 5pm. If your seat is confirmed, you will receive an email stating this.

Our reserved seating section for this screening is limited, so RSVP right away and only if you are 100% committed to attending. Must arrive by 7:15pm!
 
Thanks to NCBPMA President Adrienne Biggs, Allied Integrated Marketing, GK Films and FilmDistrict Distribution for partnering with us on this very special October book-to-film NCBPMA event!

Successful Bookstore Events: Learn *NEW* Tools, Tricks, & Insider Tips from Three of the Bay Area’s Best Indie Bookstores

Note: For this very special event, you’re invited to submit questions for our panelists along with your RSVP

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 12:00 to 2:00pm
Location: Salon Meeting Room at Hotel Rex
Address: 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA (between Powell and Mason)

They say change is the only constant, and it’s certainly true in the book business. Remember the days when the only way to find out about local author events was to read the events board inside your neighborhood bookstore? Or when there was no way to experience a live book event unless you lived near the store and attended in person? Or scheduling multiple city author promotional tours for your key authors–all expenses paid plus generous perks?

But times have changed, and we have to ask: are author events still a relevant aspect of book marketing? In this month’s exciting luncheon we’ll discuss how some of the Bay Area¹s most popular independent bookstores are currently selecting, marketing and promoting author events, signings and workshops, including using video, blogs, tweets and other new promotional tools.

Publicists, marketers, agents, publishers, editors, authors and fellow independent booksellers won’t want to miss this informative, lively and interactive discussion which promises to provide you with plenty of insider tips for creating events that generate attendance, build community, and increase book sales.

PANELISTS:

BILL PETROCELLI (Book Passage) is an author, bookseller, and former attorney. He spent a few years as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and then as a poverty lawyer in Oakland before going into private practice. For the past thirty years or so he has been the co-owner with his wife Elaine of Book Passage, a retail bookstore in San Francisco and Corte Madera, California. Bill is the author of Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invaders (McGraw-Hill) and co-author of Sexual Harassment on the Job: What It Is and How to Stop It (Nolo Press). He is also the author of the forthcoming novel, The Thirteen. www.BookPassage.com

CHRISTIN EVANS (Booksmith) and her husband-partner Praveen Madan are not foolhardy. Although you might suspect they are after you learn what they did in 2007. They bought an independent bookstore! With Internet sales taking an increasing share of the book market, it’s been difficult enough for large chains to compete let alone a small independent bookstore in San Francisco. But armed with their MBAs and years of experience as management consultants, that’s exactly what the duo has set out to do ­ turn the book industry on its ear! Christin started her early years in a serious progression of corporate positions at J.P. Morgan, Towers Perrin, Dell Computer and A.T. Kearney. She attended Vassar College and obtained her MBA from the University of Michigan. www.booksmith.com

In Berkeley in 2004, MARION ABBOTT and Ann Leyhe (Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore) decided to pool their passions, talents and resources and co-founded Mrs. Dalloway’s, which is known for its wonderful author events. Marion and Ann met the summer of 1975 at the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Marion pursued her career in trade book publishing at Sierra Club Books in San Francisco, Little, Brown & Co. in Boston, and Alfred A. Knopf in New York before establishing herself as an independent editor and writer in Berkeley in 1984. She has since published many articles, stories, and book reviews, co-edited Fire in the Hills, and co-authored, with Sylvia Shorris, Talking Pictures, an oral history of early filmmakers. The store’s name is inspired from the first line of Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” www.mrsdalloways.com

MODERATOR:
ADRIENNE BIGGS (Biggs Publicity & Events ­ Books a Specialty) is a veteran book publicist, literary events promoter, and social media community builder–although the job title on her business card is simply “Connector”. A member of NCBPMA since 1998, Adrienne currently serves as its president and also contributes regularly to its monthly MUSE. Twitter @AdrienneBiggs, www.Facebook.com/BiggsPR
www.biggspublicity.com

MEAL OPTIONS:
Thai Chicken Salad (vegetarian and no-nut options available)
Warm Thai spiced chicken breast, baby romaine, citrus segments, crispy wonton, julienne vegetables, sesame peanut vinaigrette

Chicken Teriyaki
Chicken breast marinated in teriyaki glaze, served over steamed jasmine rice

All meals include bread and butter, and soda, coffee, and assorted teas. A platter of assorted desserts (lemon bars, cookie and brownies) will be placed in the middle of each table.

COST: Members $30.00, Non-Members $45.00. Cash/checks only. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. [Join or Renew your membership at the luncheon and receive the discounted Member rate the same day!]

LOCATION: Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. The nearest BART station is POWELL. For driving directions, visit: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/rex/contact

RSVP DEADLINE: Noon Monday, September 26. Please include meal choice, membership status and company name. For this event, you may also include suggested questions for this panel with your RSVP.

To better serve our membership, we photograph select events for archival and promotional purposes. If you plan to attend this event but don’t wish to be filmed, please state this in your RSVP.

If you RSVP and then are unable to attend, to avoid being billed you must submit your cancellation via email three business days prior to the event.

Please feel free to invite colleagues and friends. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 28!

Cordially,

Adrienne Biggs, President
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK PUBLICITY & MARKETING ASSOCIATION
ncbpma@ncbpma.org
http://www.NCBPMA.org

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