Plough Publishing has re-launched its Plough Quarterly magazine in print format, 12 years after the publication went digital-only. Founded in Germany in 1920, Plough Quarterly is a publication of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities in the Anabaptist tradition. It was founded in Germany in 1920; early editors endured persecution by the Nazis; anti-immigrant boycotts in England; and McCarthy-era witch hunts in the U.S. Plough Quarterly will be published four times a year in both print and digital formats. The group’s book publishing imprint, Plough Publishing, also recently re-launched.
Church Publishing Inc. has marked the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church with three May books: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: The Writings of Suzanne Hiatt by Carter Heyward and Janine Lehane, Editors (Seabury Books); The Story of the Philadelphia Eleven by Darlene O'Dell (Seabury); and Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women's Ordination edited by Fredrica Harris Thompsett (Morehouse Publishing). Church Publishing is the official publisher of the Episcopal Church.
Abingdon Press authors in the Quilts of Love series will connect with their readers on Facebook to talk about their new releases on June 17 at 8:00 PM EDT. Emily Wierenga, Tara Randel, and Loree Lough will host the Quilting Bee-themed evening, a live online event. Chat participants will be eligible for prizes given away at the end of the hour, including copies of books from the series and gift cards. The winner of the Kindle Fire HDX held in conjunction with the latest Quilts of Love blog tour will also be announced. The Quilts of Love series features contemporary and historical romances, Amish fiction, women's fiction, and “light mysteries”; a new book will be released each month through January 2015. Readers can RSVP to the Facebook chat on the Quilts of Love Facebook page.
Abingdon Women has announced the winner of its Your Life, Your Faith Cruise giveaway. Rosalind Shirley and her daughter Kristi will sail with Abingdon Women authors on the inaugural the Abingdon Women Your Life, Your Faith Cruise, February 2-7, 2015. The cruise will feature fellowship, Bible study, and faith renewal, with stops including Cozumel and Key West. Featured authors include Babbie Mason, Jessica LaGrone, and Melissa Spoelstra. Cabins can be reserved on the Educational Opportunities Tours website.
The Christian Small Publisher Association (CSPA) is holding its 7th annual Publishers Institute--for publishers, independent authors, and others interested in publishing--at the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Atlanta (June 22-25). Sessions will be offered on marketing, sales, and promotion; the cost to attend the Institute is $20. For more information or to register go to the CSPA website; there will also be onsite registration.
The 2014 Audie Awards were presented May 28 in New York City during BookExpo America. Among the winners were Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army (eChristian/christianaudio) in the Business and Education category, and Oliver Twist, a Radio Theatre® production from Focus on the Family in the Audio Drama category (Tyndale); A Story of God and All of Us in Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction (Hachette Audio); and Keeping Hope Alive in Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction (Hachette Audio).
Barbour Publishing’s Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall has won a 2014 Cover Café award in the Historical category. The winning cover was designed by Kara Davidson and Faceout Studio, with cover photography by Tyler Gould. The Cover Café Cover Contest recognizes outstanding covers of romance novels or novels with a strong romance element.