Spanish Evangelical Publishers Names Winners

Expolit Renueva Tu Mente (Renew Your Mind) by Miguel Nuñez, on ways people can change their thinking and live what they believe, has been named 2021 Book of the Year by the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association. Editorial Vida, an imprint of the Spanish publishing program of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, accepted the award at SEPA’s virtual ceremony held May 13. Chris Garrido, v-p and publisher for HCCP’s Spanish imprints, said, "Today more than ever we need to renew our thinking, and Nuñez gives the reader the tools and the motivation to do so. It is an honor to publish products that impact lives around the world.

Lifeway and B&H Español was selected Publisher of the Year. Among the other honors: The best original book in Spanish was Joven Verdadera (A True Youth) by Betsy Gómez, published by Editorial Portavoz; The best Christian Life book went to Una Vida Mejor (A Better Life) by Christy Muller (Editorial Vida) and a bilingual Bible to paint with water (Tyndale House) was chosen the best children’s book.

Kellerman Moves to Associate Publisher at Zondervan

Zondervan has promoted Carly Kellerman to associate publisher, charged with helping lead the editorial strategy for Zondervan Books and acquiring new and emerging Christian voices. Kellerman has been with HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) for nearly10 years in a variety of sales and acquisitions roles.

Alisse Goldsmith-Wissman Joins Convergent

Alisse Goldsmith-Wissman has become senior publicist at Convergent. During her prior posts at InterVarsity Press and, most recently, at Independent Publishers Group in Chicago, she worked with "wide array of campaigns from celebrity titles to many authors in the Convergent space, including bestselling authors Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile, and Philip Yancey," says Cindy Murray v-p and director of publicity and marketing for Random House: Convergent. Yancey, already a Convergent author, is releasing a memoir this fall that is "full of Southern evangelical fundamentalism set against mounting pressures of the civil rights movement and Sixties-era forces of social change," Goldsmith-Wissman tells PW.

Audrey Kidd Rides from Cokesbury to Head Nonprofit Saddle Up!

Audrey Kidd, chief revenue and customer experience officer at the United Methodist Publishing House, is leaving UMPH after 12 years to become executive director of a Saddle Up!, a nonprofit promoting the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding for children and youth with disabilities.

At UMPH’s Cokesbury division, she led a transition from an emphasis on bricks-and-mortar retail stores to an e-commerce shopping site and launched Amplify Media, which gives churches unlimited access to video worship and study resources, according to the publisher. Her replacement has not yet been named.