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.

Milestone Anniversary: Bob Rotello, VP of Public Library Sales

Rotello Web ResBob Rotello, VP of public library sales for Baker & Taylor, wasted no time getting to work after his college graduation. The Monday following his graduation, he started at Baker & Taylor as an accountant. That was forty years ago, and while a lot has changed since, Bob notes one constant: the many great people he gets to work with. Here’s a Q+A with Bob to commemorate his 40th work anniversary!

What do you love about working for Baker & Taylor?

Over the years I have worked with a great bunch of people with a great sense of comradery.

How has the company changed over the years? 

Organizationally the company has changed significantly for the better. When I first started the company was run almost like four separate companies, each facility/warehouse was run as a separate company in competition with each other. Now we have one team, all focused on the same goals. But one constant has been that B&T always seems to attract great people.

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Publisher Spotlight – Jennifer Feldman

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Dover Publications is launching its first new imprint in 10 years as it looks to tap into the growing self-help market. Named after a South African flower that represents “happiness,” Ixia Press is launching this fall and will publish approximately 10 original titles and 15 backlist reprints per year. With the exception of graphic novels, which Dover began releasing last year, Ixia is Dover’s first move into original frontlist books. Our digital catalog, Forecast spoke with Dover’s Publisher, Jennifer Feldman, about the new effort.

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It’s University Press Week!

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This week marks University Press Week, a celebration of university presses and all of their accomplishments over the past year.

University Press Week, or UP Week, was first announced in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter created the week in an effort to recognize university presses’ impact on culture and scholarship across the globe. Hosted by the American Association of University Press (AAUP), UP Week’s inaugural event was in 2012, and has explored topics of community, innovation, truth and more in each annual event since.

As each year passes, it is clear how important university presses are to the reading ecosystem. From historical books to business guides to biographies, UPs are essential for libraries and the patrons they serve. They publish titles that may have not been published otherwise—contributing to the diverse literary market and offering invaluable research. The value of university presses is immense.

This year university presses have stepped up to the challenge of a transitional publishing environment by continuing to publish excellent trade and scholarly books.

Baker & Taylor is honored to have university presses as publishing partners and we look forward to continuing to support their publishing efforts in the future.

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Check out our special microsite dedicated to University Press Week here!

Author Spotlight: Ryan T. Higgins

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Bruce the bear is on the move. Ryan T. Higgins, author and illustrator of the popular Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce picture books, has written a sequel featuring the beloved, curmudgeonly bear and his unlikely brood. In Bruce’s Big Move (Disney-Hyperion (Disney Book Group), September 2017), Bruce’s house has become crowded, so Bruce sets off to find a new home for himself and the four geese that call him Mom. But things don’t turn out as expected. Growing Minds, Baker & Taylor’s digital catalog dedicated to children’s and teen titles, talked with Higgins about his hilarious new book.

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Resources Built For Librarians: Microsites

Helping libraries thrive is one of our core goals at Baker & Taylor. One way we do that is by providing librarians with countless resources so they can make the best use of their time and resources. We curate lists, create free marketing materials, publish digital catalogs, distribute newsletters and much more. Today, we’re talking about our microsites—essentially a miniature website, built by us, that is focused on a particular genre or theme.

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These sites make it easier for librarians to narrow down their searches. Looking to build out your essential backlist titles? We have a site for that. Or maybe you’re hoping to discover new authors. We’ve got you covered there too. We’re constantly updating over 20 microsites, providing librarians like you with fresh material that will simplify collection development.

As a bonus, you’re able to add titles directly to your cart and then, once you’re ready, purchase from Title Source, our trusted ordering platform.

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