Publishers Weekly ran a Literary Spotlight article on Bernie’s Book Bank, which has distributed 3.6 million book to 360,000 kids in the Chicagoland area this year alone!
Sourcebooks is a big supporter of Bernie’s Book Bank, and our own Chris Bauerle was quoted in the article.
Publishers contacted by PW confirm the high regard for Bernie’s Book Bank within the industry. Sourcebooks, which is headquartered in Naperville, a Chicago suburb, was especially effusive in praising the work done by Bernie’s Book Bank in the company’s own backyard. Its mission is “completely aligned” with that of Sourcebooks, insists Chris Bauerle, the company’s director of sales & marketing.
“Brian and the team at Bernie’s are profoundly changing the lives of underprivileged kids and communities by attacking a completely moveable and solvable upstream hindrance of a person’s potential: access to books,” Bauerle wrote in an email, disclosing that a Chicago Public Schools representative once informed him that while Windy City middle-income families on average own 12 children’s books per child, in contrast, in low-income communities, there is typically only one book owned per 300 children.
“The life-changing possibility created by Bernie’s vision of 12 books per year, placed for free and easily in the hands of every underprivileged child, is mind blowing,” Bauerle said.
We are thrilled to share award news for five of our titles.
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What Bestseller Lists Really Tell Us About A Book's Popularity
AILSA CHANG, HOST: When Donald Trump Jr.'s new book first topped the New York Times bestseller list, it raised eyebrows and not just because of who the author is. Beside the title of the book, which is "Triggered: How The Left Thrives On Hate And Wants To Silence Us," was a dagger. That symbol meant a portion of the book sales were made in bulk, which led some to question whether Trump deserved the top billing. The answer, as NPR's Rose Friedman explains, is complicated.
Bouchercon is an annual celebration of mystery books and authors. This year was the first year we attended as Poisoned Pen Press (previously attended as Sourcebooks Landmark). We held a number of activities for all, invited 22 of our authors, as well as mystery fans and influencers.
Poisoned Pen Press sponsored the hospitality suite on Saturday afternoon. We brought a pallet of books to give away, attendees started lining up a half hour before our suite opened. By noon, we had 150 people in line – the room was packed, and it was absolutely incredible!
Making a Difference Halfway Around the World
The fourth largest book fair in the world, The Sharjah International Book fair (SIBF), was held in October. This 10-day literary event in Sharjah, UAE, celebrates the power of literacy and features written works of the Arab world. With an estimated 2.28 million visitors, 1,874 exhibitors, and representatives from 77 countries around the world, SIBF encompasses book lovers across the globe and offers readers and industry professionals an opportunity to gather, learn, and support the importance of literacy.
Attendees can enjoy panel discussions, workshops, and book signings before and throughout the conference. During the professional conference before the SIBF, I gave a workshop called ‘Taking Your Publishing Company to the Next Level’ to approximately 250 professional book publishers from all over the world. The workshop was organized by Andrea Chambers with NYU’s School of Publishing
We are thrilled to share award news for nine of our titles.
Click "Read More" to see what awards these books have won or been nominated for in the month of October!
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