The Changing Landscape of Bookselling

Marcia Riefer Johnston, Gary Lothian, Michael Powell

“The Changing Landscape of Bookselling” panel at Portland State University Feb. 19, 2015. Left to right: Yours truly, Gary Lothian (long-time representative of Ingram, the largest book distributor in the U.S.), and Michael Powell (owner of the one and only Powell’s City of Books).

Here I’m talking about Guy Kawasaki’s book APE—on the screen behind us, you can see “Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur.” I was the ape on the panel! One of the attendees may publish a write-up of what we said. If so, I’ll share the URL.

Below are the event details as posted beforehand.

Changing Landscape of Bookselling panel at PSU

How do you keep up with the changing landscape of bookselling? You don’t. But you can join the conversation as a panel of bookselling aficionadios talk about the changes.

On February 19, I will join two industry giants to contribute a self-published author’s perspective on “the evolving business, and uncertain future, of how books are bought and sold.”


  • Michael Powell, owner of Powell’s City of Books
  • Gary Lothian, representative of Ingram, the largest book distributor in the U.S.
  • Marcia Riefer Johnston, author of Word Up!

The panel will be moderated by Kent Watson, executive director of PubWest and adjunct professor in the graduate program in Book Publishing at Portland State University.

Event: The Changing Landscape of Bookselling
Panelists: Michael Powell, Gary Lothian, Marcia Riefer Johnston
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
 7:30 pm
Place: Room 102, University Point building at College Station, Portland State University, 1955 SW Fifth Ave., Portland, Oregon 97201
Cost: Free and open to the public, suggested donation $5–$10

This event is the latest installment in the Transmit Culture series of lectures and conversations “intended to illuminate the ever-changing and fascinating publishing industry.” The Transmit Culture series is hosted by the Master’s Program in Publishing at Portland State University.