North Atlantic Books’ Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner, the follow-up to his 1980 bestseller, The Way of the Shaman (over 600,000 sold), sold out of its first print run in advance the April 9 release and gone into a second printing. It is #1 on Amazon’s Paganism bestsellers list and #3 on the Shamanism list.
Center Street author Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky) was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and is featured in one of seven cover portraits in the April 29 issue. The entry on Paul was written by Sarah Palin. Center Street has published Sen. Paul's The Tea Party Goes to Washington (2011) and Government Bullies (hardcover, 2012). Government Bullies will release in trade paperback on August 6, 2013; Paul's new book, America Rising, comes out in spring 2014.
Center Street author Ted Dekker has won an RT Reviewers Choice Award for The Sanctuary (2012) in the Inspirational Suspense category. The RT Awards will be presented on May 3 in Kansas City at the RT Book Reviews Book Lovers Convention. Winners will be announced in the June issue of RT Book Reviews.
Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) has announced the winning titles for the 2013 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Awards, honoring small publishers for “outstanding contribution to Christian life.” Voting is by readers and retailers; 69 publishers nominated 91 titles. CSPA has a membership of more than 100 publishers with annual revenues up to $400,000. Click here for more information on CSPA.
WaterBrook Multnomah and David C. Cook announced the death on April 12 of Brennan Manning, author of Ragamuffin Gospel, a perennially strong seller since it’s publication in 1990. In 1993 Manning published The Signature of Jesus with Multnomah Books; an updated edition with a personal retreat guide was released in June 2012. David C. Cook published Manning’s last book, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir, in 2011, coauthored with his long-time editor at Cook, John Blasé, as well as Patched Together (2010). Manning also published books with HarperOne and other publishers.
Anchor Distributors has adopted a new company tag line: “Your Mission. Our Mission. IMPACTING ETERNITY,” announced V-P John Whitaker. The new tagline is the result a contest for Anchor employees to submit ideas for a new motto “that would capture the essence of who we are and what we do,” stated Whitaker. “The winning phrase is actually a combination of two different employee submissions.” Whitaker Corporation was founded in 1970 by Robert Whitaker, Sr., who died in May 2012. The company’s publishing arm is Whitaker House.
InterVarsity Press has re-upped with the Noble Marketing Group for representation to Christian retailers and academic bookstores. IVP worked with Noble for more than eight years until 2011, when IVP switched to fielding its own in-house team of reps for 15 months. According to a statement, IVP decided that “even though the in-sourced paradigm brought [us] into more direct relationship with Christian retail and academic stores, the sales team was unable to reach the breadth of retailers that Noble served.” Noble has ten field reps and two regional account reps throughout the United States.
Discovery House has released an app Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest, a classic devotional, first published in 1924, that continues to sell well. The app contains all of the content in the book, as well as functions for readers to journal, bookmark, or post their thoughts on social media sites. My Utmost for His Highest app is priced at $4.99 and available on iTunes.
Kregel author Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart: Finding God's Love After Abortion, 2012) has launched a weekly live program, Cradle My Heart Radio, broadcast on NewLife FM in suburban Atlanta, KTIS-AM in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Faith Radio and other select stations nationally. The program airs on Sundays 8 p.m. CST. According to Kregel, the program, with a featured guest each week, was “created to reframe the problem of abortion as a spiritual issue within families rather than a purely political concern.”
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