BroadStreet Publishing has forged a partnership with U.K.-based Authentic Media, the North America publishing division of Koorong, an Australia-based retailing and distribution company, to form BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC. Carlton Garborg recently debuted BroadStreet Publishing; the new partnership adds further expertise in packaging, sales, distribution, and retail, he said in a statement. Garborg heads the company as president and CEO, with Jerry Bloom of Publisher’s Factory Outlet as COO, and Paul Bootes of Authentic Media; he is managing director of Koorong. BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC will publish nonfiction, fiction, and a line of journals under its Belle City Gifts imprint.
Christian Small Publishers Association has opened nominations for its 2015 Book of the Year Awards, for books that make an “outstanding contribution to Christian life,” according to CSPA. The deadline for nominations is November 15, 2014; categories have been expanded this year, from 12 to 14. “Two new categories, Historical Fiction and Christian Education, have been added to the award this year to accommodate the growing number of nominations the award is receiving,” stated Sarah Bolme, director of CSPA, which sponsors the awards. All publishers with annual revenues of $400,000 or less, as well as self-published authors, are eligible to nominate books, which must be published in 2013 or 2014, “Christian in nature and intended for the Christian marketplace,” in print in English, and sold in the U.S. Christian retailers and readers will vote on the nominated titles in February and March 2015. Complete guidelines, eligibility, categories, and the nomination form can be found on the CSPA's website.
Brazos Press, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group, was honored with the silver award in the Popular Culture category of the 2013 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards for iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives by Craig Detweiler. InterVarsityPress’s Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch received honorable mention in the Non-fiction Religion category. A panel of librarians and booksellers judged the awards; winners were announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June.