Did You Know? We Have Webinars!

At Baker & Taylor, we’re a lot more than just a book seller. We work with librarians like you across the globe to develop their book, music and video collections, fostering a community life-long learners along the way.

We love to engage with our library partners beyond just selling books. One of the ways we do that is through this blog, another is through our webinars—ranging in topics from diversity to makerspaces to exclusive conversations with musicians, authors, filmmakers and more.

While we’re always coming up with new ideas for webinars to share with you, you can always check out our archives here. ICYMI here are some highlights:

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Mavis Staples – Listen to music legend Mavis Staples as she discusses her life as a musician and civil rights activist, as well as her new album If All I Was Was Black.

Diversity and Your Library: Meeting the Needs of Our Modern Communities – This webinar offers insight into the Kirkus Diversity lists and how diverse books benefit all libraries.

Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library – Reaching all young readers can be challenging. Listen to this webinar to explore ways to help increase interest in all YA and middle readers in your public library through large print.

Explore all of our webinars here!

Author Spotlight: Kim Purcell

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One evening, Jesse’s popular and good-looking boyfriend, Chris, disappears after a jog. Police think he has run away. Jesse worries about how Chris, one of the few black kids in the mill town, disappeared near an area where he’d been previously beaten up. Chris also vanished shortly after Jesse had said they should take a break from one another. Written in the form of a letter from Jesse to Chris, This is Not a Love Letter (Disney-Hyperion, January 2018) by Kim Purcell addresses racial tensions, class issues and how people can hide pain behind a smile. The storyline also is personal for Purcell, as she explained in our January issue of Growing Minds with this Q+A…

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New Year, New Book: Upcoming Releases We Can’t Wait to Read

From the looks of it, 2018 is going to be a great year for readers. To help stock your library’s shelves for the coming year, we’ve compiled a list of highly-anticipated books and when they’ll be released.

January

Carnegie’s Maid | Marie Benedict (Jan. 16)

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

Brave | Rose McGowan (Jan. 30)

BRAVE is McGowan’s raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

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This Year, Listen With Your Ears

It’s undeniable—there’s just something special about holding a physical book versus reading off a screen. But there’s also something especially remarkable about being able to read (or listen) wherever you are, whenever you want. A morning commute becomes an opportunity to listen to another chapter in the book you just can’t put down. Audiobooks have transformed the way we read and we, at Baker & Taylor, are embracing it fully.

Here are some of our favorite audiobooks this year…

Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward

This story is full of emotion from the beginning to the end.  It’s a story about a very hope and struggle, as well as giving us a glimpse of still living in the rural South.  I enjoyed the audiobook because it added additional feeling to each of the characters as they shared their stories. — Patti Logan, Pricing & Promotions Specialist

Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders

This experimental novel, loosely based on the son of Abraham Lincoln’s death, features so many characters that I found myself getting lost when reading it on the page. With the audiobook, though, I got to explore each character more deeply. As I got to know all the voices, I was hooked. Lincoln in the Bardo is truly a unique read that is only enhanced on audio. — Emma Way, eMarketing Specialist

 

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Our Favorite Books of 2017

So many exceptional books were released this year, and our staff devoured them all. Here are some of our favorites…

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Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng

The characters and their dialogue were well-developed and meaningful, and the story lines were intricately woven together. So often in fiction writing I see characters react to conflict in unrealistic ways. Sometimes it’s better for the plot, but what I appreciated about the teen characters specifically in Little Fires Everywhere was how their true-to-life reactions to trauma and stress elevated the authenticity of the story. — Katie Moore, eMarketing Specialist

Running With Raven | Laura Lee Huttenbach

A great story about life, commitment and perseverance. A must read for all of us who are wacky and run. — Jeff McDaniel, Vice President, International Business Development

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David Cully Honored at Goddard Riverside Gala

Goddard Riverside, a community-driven organization tackling poverty and promoting learning in Manhattan, honored Baker & Taylor President David Cully at their annual Book Fair Gala on Wednesday, November 1.

This great honor recognizes Cully for his commitment to literacy in the classroom and beyond, and for his lifelong love of books and the transformational ability books possess for communities. Most of Cully’s work has been focused on books, but in the early days of his career, he was a teacher working with high school and fifth grade students. At Baker & Taylor, he pulls together both backgrounds with programs like Community Share, which helps libraries share their digital book collections with their local public schools.

Goddard Riverside’s partnership with publishers began over 30 years ago with many of the largest publishing houses teamed up to tackle homelessness and poverty through the annual Book Fair, which this year was held on November 18 and 19.

“I think it’s really a natural partnership, because of the importance of early childhood literacy,” said Cully. “It’s a very humbling thing to be part of a system that’s breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Goddard Riverside’s ultimate goal is to transform lives, and help individuals reach their greatest potential. Through their partnership with publishers—and with Cully and Baker & Taylor—they’re able to get one step closer.