Share HERstory Year-round

Harriet Tubman. Amelia Earhart. Malala Yousafzai. Frida Kahlo. Marie Curie. Maya Angelou.

Women’s History Month is dedicated to celebrating fearless leaders and pioneers like them, and all women around the world. But honestly, a month isn’t enough. A library really isn’t complete without the latest works by and about influential women. Use this list as a starting point to ensure you share the entire HERstory, and check out our latest digital catalog for more.

 

Her Own Hero
Wendy Rouse

At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women’s self-defense movement.

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Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves
Kate Parker

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.

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Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar
Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas

Today, diverse women of all hues represent this country overseas. Some have called this development the “Hillary Effect.” But well before our most recent female secretary of state there was Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve in that capacity, and later Condoleezza Rice. Beginning at a more junior post in the Department of State in 1971, there was “the little Elam girl” from Boston.

Diversifying Diplomacy tells the story of Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas, a young black woman who beat the odds and challenged the status quo. Inspired by the strong women in her life, she followed in the footsteps of the few women who had gone before her in her effort to make the Foreign Service reflect the diverse faces of the United States.

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Finding Feminism: Millennial Activists and the Unfinished Gender Revolution
Alison Dahl Crossley

In Finding Feminism, Alison Dahl Crossley analyzes feminist activists at three different U.S. colleges, revealing that feminism is alive on campuses, but is complex, nuanced, and context-dependent. Young feminists are carrying the torch of the movement, despite a climate that is not always receptive to their claims. These feminists are engaged in social justice organizing in unexpected contexts and spaces, such as multicultural sororities, student government, and online.

Offering a stunning and hopeful portrait of today’s young feminist leaders, Finding Feminism provides insight into the contemporary feminist movement in America.

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Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries?
Jane M. Gaines

Women held more positions of power in the silent film era than at any other time in American motion picture history. Marion Leonard broke from acting to cofound a feature film company. Gene Gauntier, the face of Kalem Films, also wrote the first script of Ben-Hur. Helen Holmes choreographed her own breathtaking on-camera stunt work. Yet they and the other pioneering filmmaking women vanished from memory. A bold journey through history and memory, Pink-Slipped pursues the still-elusive fate of the influential women in the early years of film.

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Quotes for Nasty Women: Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules
Linda Picone

When Donald Trump referred to Hillary Clinton as “such a nasty woman,” women felt a jolt of recognition—and promptly turned his insult into an empowering slogan. This book celebrates the now-ironic phrase with quotations by and about strong women. The words, both positive and negative, come from figures in ancient history, founding mothers and feminist leaders, politicians, artists and cultural icons, celebrities, and the women at home.

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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

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

And more!

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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!

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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.

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Here are his findings, originally published on MDReducation.com:

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.

 

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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!)

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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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