Titles for The World Cup

Russia hosts the World Cup from June 14 through July 15, making this the perfect time look at the best books on soccer and the tournament itself. Complete your collection with these new titles to ensure your soccer-loving fans have plenty to read in anticipation for the big match.

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Official BookKeir Radnedge 

Officially licensed by the governing body of world soccer, a comprehensive preview of the upcoming tournament in Russia features photos and information on 32 teams, their star players and their prospects for reaching the finals.

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I Believe That We Will Win: The Path to a US Men’s World Cup Victory | Phil West

Drawing on interviews from past and current players, coaches and journalists, the author of The United States of Soccer and veteran soccer journalist, examining every aspect of the U.S. Men’s National Team and their competition, presents an assessment of the history and future potential of American soccer on the international playing field.

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Spring State Show Preview

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Happy Spring! It’s trade-show season time.

This year, Baker & Taylor representatives will travel to dozens of shows across the U.S. and internationally. At our booth, reps will share their expertise on B&T’s exciting products and services, and answer those pressing questions you’ve been dying to ask someone face-to-face. Products and services they’ll be chatting about include:

  • One-stop selection and shopping for all product formats, from our digital catalogs to Title Source 360
  • Kirkus Diversity collections
  • Robust digital capabilities and the Community Sharing initiative
  • Title Source 360 as the market-leading selection and acquisitions software
  • collectionHQ, ESP and our suite of collection development services
  • Book and DVD leasing programs
  • Axis 360 with the brand-new “Listen Now” feature for streaming audiobooks

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Celebrate Earth Day with Julian Lennon

Author, musician, filmmaker and photographer Julian Lennon has been raising money for environmental and humanitarian causes for two decades through his foundation, The White Feather Foundation. His work, however, primarily was focused on adults, until one day friend and fellow author Bart Davis made a comment about children.

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From that conversation, an interactive trilogy was born featuring the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that children can take wherever they want as they travel and save the world. A lyrical and inspiring picture book, Lennon’s second book in the Heal the Earth series (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2018), lets its young readers bring medicine to people in need and dive into the ocean to see bleached coral reefs, among other adventures. The book also includes a new poem written by Lennon, son of the late musician John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia.

Growing Minds, Baker & Taylor’s catalog dedicated to children’s and teen titles, talked with Lennon to commemorate Earth Day. Read the interview below:

Where did your vision come from for this interactive children’s series?

The interactive element of the book just harkens back to the days when my mother or grandmother used to read bedtime stories to me, and how we would go on these journeys together — using our imaginations to go where we wanted to, fly to where the sky was open, to anything our hearts desired. It was a time of bonding between family members, an important time in a child’s life.

Could you share what parts of your writing process look like?

It was very much a question of, ‘What do we want to talk about and teach here? What are our goals?’ From the moment Bart and I had a starting point, it was just a question of going with the flow and suggesting ideas back and forth until we had something that made sense. Ideas that would start a conversation between a child and elder family member, to discuss what they were reading about, and to find answers themselves. The storyline and words are written in my voice.

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What’s a key ingredient for reaching children in print?

The key ingredients are the issues we face every day as a society in general. It’s about bringing awareness to those who don’t know of the plights we face and a reminder for those who have forgotten.

Why is it important to share the lessons and teachings of the White Feather Foundation to this age group? What is the appetite for this type of material?

If you can change things for the betterment of all life on earth, the better we all are. It starts from the ground and oceans up… Again, what we try to do is raise awareness and help financially where we can, when we can, and when donations allow.

How is the message being received?

The message by sales alone has been loud and clear: We’re doing the right thing. We’re on the right track, and there’s only one way to go — onward and upward.

I’ve always admired Julian Lennon’s singing, because for all he has seen of the world, his melodies contain such childlike wonder… his words, too. Buy this book, and his words turn into actions.” — Bono

What are you hoping your readers think or feel when they take part in this adventure?

That they feel part of this world, part of a caring community… A community that cares, not only for each other, but also for the world around them. We are all one. What we do to others, we do to ourselves.

 

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with Lennon’s new book!

A portion of the proceeds from all book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation.

Checking In On Kirkus Diversity Collections

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Every day, libraries around the world welcome people from all walks of life. Readers are diverse, so why not have a collection that celebrates that?

You may remember in September, we introduced our new Kirkus Diversity Collections on the blog. These collections give libraries the opportunity to become more inclusive, and with Title Source 360, librarians are able to order diverse books with ease thanks to our curated lists.

Since then, we’ve seen tremendous progress with this initiative. The lists have been viewed nearly 10,000 times, reaching thousands of libraries across the country.

More than ever, it’s important to share a diversity of cultures, beliefs, identities, races and beyond in a library’s collection. It’s important that patrons can read stories from all voices.

Public libraries support their communities by providing materials that reflect their own patrons, and depict others, requiring an ongoing focus on diversity.

Aman Kochar, Executive Vice President of Digital Content, Software Products, Services & Sales

So what now?

Log in to Title Source 360 and browse Kirkus’ diversity collections. From here, you’ll be able to move the titles you’d like to add to your library into your shopping cart. You can also sort and filter these titles to weed out any duplicates just as you would for any other order from Baker & Taylor.

Then, don’t forget to tell your patrons that your library is now carrying more diverse books! We’ve created a “My Library. All Voices.” campaign kit that makes it easy to spread the good news, attract new cardholders and excite current ones. You can find all of our free materials for community outreach on the Kirkus website here.

Browse our diversity collections today on Title Source 360!

 

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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Check out the Herstory digital catalog for more!

 

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!