Fall State Show Preview

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The time has come to bid farewell to Summer and welcome the Fall season as we watch the leaves change colors, enjoy cooler tempts outside and anticipate cuddling up with a good book. It’s also time to usher in a new season of Fall state trade-shows.

Between now and close to the end of the year, Baker & Taylor representatives will travel to dozens of shows across the U.S. 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
  • 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
  • Axis 360 with enhanced features for streaming audiobooks
  • New initiatives, products and programs

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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.

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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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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Fall State Show Preview

fallreading.jpgSo long summer! It’s time to watch the leaves change colors, drink a pumpkin spice latte, slip into a sweater and cuddle up with a good book. It’s also time to usher in a new season of fall state trade-shows.

Between now and 2018, 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
  • 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

Continue reading “Fall State Show Preview”