Publisher Spotlight: Catherine Treadgold & Jennifer McCord

pubspotlight-cathjennCoffeetown Press was created in 2005 to publish a few academic titles. Since then, titles have grown to include cozy mysteries, memoirs, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Based in Seattle, Coffeetown Press also has an imprint, Camel Press, a self-described “feisty little publisher” that publishes the books “that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.” Specifically, Camel Press publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, fantasy and horror. Forecast, Baker & Taylor’s digital catalog for the best new releases, spoke with Coffeetown Press publisher, Catherine Treadgold, and Jennifer McCord, associate publisher and executive editor.

Tell us about Coffeetown Press’ beginnings.

(The owner) proposed to long-time family friend Hazel Holt—a colleague and biographer of Barbara Pym, and renowned writer of British cozies—that she reprint her fi rst four mysteries with Coffeetown. At that point there was only one imprint, Coffeetown Press. Hazel later reprinted the next three mysteries in that series with us and several of the early Barbara Pym titles for which she inherited the rights. Her son, Tom Holt, reprinted his two Lucia novels with us, Lucia in Wartime and Lucia Triumphant.

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We’re Exhibiting at PLA! Visit us at Booth #519

We’re just a week away from the start of PLA 2018 in Philadelphia. There are so many exciting events and booths to visit, but you won’t want to miss Baker & Taylor at Booth #519.

Author Signings

Thursday, March 22 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. D.L. Miller, author of BigFoot Visits the Big Cities of the World
Thursday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m.
Josiah Bancroft, author of Senlin Ascends

And more!


We’ll have a coffee bar, too!

Stop by our booth for a complimentary cup of coffee sponsored by our friends at Capstone. The first 25 in line each day will receive an exclusive coffee mug! (Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)

Take a photo with our mascots, Baker and Taylor! Wednesday, March 21 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22 from 12-4 p.m. and Friday, March 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Don’t miss out… Stop by our booth to pick up your 2018 cat bag, too!

See you there!

Can Reading Make You Wealthy?

Amandeep Kochar, Baker & Taylor’s Executive Vice President of Public Library Sales and Technology, recently contributed to MDR’s Education blog to discuss how we can counter the Matthew Effect and other influences when it comes to literacy’s life-changing ability.


Here are his findings, originally published on

At the beginning of every new year, with a renewed sense of purpose we feel resolute and have countless discussions about improving our physical fitness, adopting healthier habits, and embracing regular exercise plans. It’s important, however, to not forget cerebral health and the importance of ensuring healthy cognitive habits and getting proper food for thought, so to speak.

But changing habits can be hard, whether it’s eating more vegetables or making more time for reading.

When it comes to reading, there’s significant evidence showing it is more difficult for some children to change habits after the third grade and improve their skills, leading to a vicious circle of frustration and ultimately resulting in school dropouts. Research also illustrates how these children who struggle with reading become further and further behind their peers, permanently limiting their future opportunity.

Read the full article on MDR’s website here.

One Year of Blogging!

Today on the Baker & Taylor blog we’re celebrating one year since we kicked off this project to connect with public librarians across the globe.

Notes in the Margin was started to serve as a new resource for librarians. From author spotlights to book suggestions to free marketing materials, we’ve spent the year trying to make the lives of librarians easier. And we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

To celebrate this blog anniversary, we’re rounding up our favorite posts of the past year from each month. Enjoy!


MARCH 2017

Get re-acquainted with Jill Blades, a sales representative with Baker & Taylor and a book lover.



APRIL 2017

Learn more about our mascots, Baker and Taylor, two cats that lived in Nevada library. 

MAY 2017

Why are libraries so essential? And why we did we, as a Company, advocate for public library federal funding?

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Author Spotlight: Jeffrey Brown (plus a giveaway!)


Jeffrey Brown returns with his popular sister-brother Neanderthal duo with book number two in his newest series for young readers, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal, which combines science with a modern-day take on prehistoric life.

In The Stone Cold Age, the siblings’ cave has become crowded as they’ve welcomed into their home an extended, racially diverse group of humans. Modern-day fictional commentators explain the science behind the comic strip adventures. In addition to laughing at sarcastic one-liners, young readers will also learn about what life was like 40,000 years ago.

Our catalog for children’s and teen titles, Growing Minds, talked with Brown about the latest addition to his humorous series. Read the interview below and don’t forget to enter the Jeffrey Brown Summer Reading Sweepstakes!

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Announcing the ALA Youth Award Winners

Something tells me everyone’s reading list just got a little longer today. With so many amazing children’s and teen titles honored at today’s American Library Association’s 2018 Youth Media Awards, we know ours did.

This morning, in Denver, ALA announced the top books for children and young adults, including the prestigious Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. ICYMI, here are the winners:



Randolph Caldecott Medal

Wolf in the Snow | written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan

Full list


John Newbery Medal

Hello, Universe | written by Erin Entrada Kelly and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollions

Full list

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