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Publishing News Updates

 

Here are some stories you may have seen in other media this week:

  • Christian Retailing had a story this week about how the Mayor of South Holland, Illinois joined with others to save the city’s Family Christian store.  “The store in the Village of South Holland had announced it would close May 31. However, after a rallying of the village’s clergy, mayor, business leaders and residents, the store has been saved.” “Family Christian President and CEO Cliff Bartow commended the community for taking a stand for the store, one of the chain’s 270 stores in 36 states.” Read the whole story at Christian Retailing.
  • Christianity Today reported on a CBA report summarizing 2013. “While the 2012 sales surge masked mixed results for Christian booksellers, this year’s CBA State of the Industry Report says stores are competing less on price and focusing more on personal engagement with customers.However, 49 stores still closed across the country, according to the Association for Christian Retail…” Read the full story at CT Gleanings. (Includes a link to the actual report.)
  • The Christian blogosphere has been busy this week discussing Rob Bell’s inclusion in Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour to eight U.S. markets.  The two-day events include Deepak Chopra and Iyanla Vanzant. Concurrently, HarperCollins is publishing Bell’s YES, YOU: How to Find Your Path and Thrive. More info at Oprah.com.
  • Dwight Baker will serve as the new chair of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). For a full list of newly elected board members, see the list at Baker Books.   
  • Finally, Michael Frost Tweeted this week: “Here’s one reason I love being published by InterVarsity Press (IVP) — they send their authors framed book covers as mementos. Nice!”  Click here to see the picture.
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