Among the new cast members for the 18th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars--announced March 4--is B&H author and actress Candace Cameron Bure. Her partner will be dancer Mark Ballas; the season premiere is March 17. Bure is best known for her role as D.J. Tanner on Full House. Her Reshaping It All (B&H) was a New York Times bestseller in 2011. Bure's most recent book, Balancing It All (B&H, Jan.) has been featured on CNN, E! News, Inside Edition, Fox & Friends, and other national outlets. Since the launch of her book, Bure's social media pages have grown to more than 600,000 followers.
The Religion Communicators Council announced on March 5 the winners of the 2014 Wilbur Awards. Named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur--former Presbyterian Church executive, publicist for religious organizations, and leader of RCC--the awards “honor excellence by individuals in secular media--print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures--in communicating religious issues, positive values and themes during 2013.” Along with winners in television, radio, film, digital communications, magazines, and newspapers, four books and audiobooks were recognized: The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, Sue Zizza, producer, SueMedia Productions (Audiobooks, Fiction); The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom, HarperCollins Publishers (Fiction); Happier Endings, A Meditation on Life and Death by Erica Brown, Simon & Schuster (Nonfiction); and Out in Front: Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan by David Aretha, Morgan Reynolds Publishing (Youth Nonfiction). The Wilburs will be presented April 5 in Nashville, Tenn., during RCC’s 85th annual convention.
Outreach magazine has named winners of its 2014 Outreach Resources of the Year Awards. Baker Publishing Group won for three books; InterVarsity Press, B&H Publishing Group, and Eerdmans each won for two titles; and Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House, WaterBrook Multnomah, FaithWords, Moody, Gospel Publishing House, and Regal also had winning titles. Winners were selected from more than 170 submissions, with 18 books and curricula taking honors. They will be featured in the March/April 2014 issue of Outreach Magazine.