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Alvin Irby, August 2017
Barbershop Books »

PUBLISHED AUGUST 2017 by Alvin Irby, Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Barbershop Books – IBPA member Barbershop Books, a program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops, won the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize. America’s prevailing beliefs about early literacy development have inextricably linked the activity of reading to a seemingly inexhaustible …

Alexa Schlosser, June 2017
The National Book Foundation’s Lisa Lucas on Publishing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 Interviewed by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent An interview with the new executive director of the National Book Foundation. Lisa Lucas’ road to executive director of the National Book Foundation may have been “higgledy-piggledy,” but, one year in, she is certain it’s a perfect fit. We caught up with Lucas to …

Rosemary Laryea, June 2017
A New Chapter in African Writing »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 By Rosemary Laryea, Producer, “Culture Vultures” Newly emerging African publishing companies are at last winning international recognition for their inspirational literature. There is a significant and fast-growing appetite for African-inspired stories as reflected by nominations for major literary prizes such as the Not The Booker Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, and …

Angela Bole, March 2017
Director’s Desk: Good Mentors Are Hard to Find »

PUBLISHED MARCH 2017 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association This month, we pay tribute to Gene Schwartz, a past IBPA board member and treasurer (1990-1994), as well as a dear friend to many of us in the publishing industry. Gene passed away on Jan. 30, 2017. He was 90 years old. I first met …

Angela Bole, June 2016
Director’s Desk: Shining a Spotlight on Professionalism »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association You’ll likely notice something special about this issue of IBPA Independent. In addition to the general content this magazine is prized for, throughout the next pages you’ll find a focus on awards with the goal of celebrating the different contests and winners raising our …

Lynn Rosen, June 2016
Literary All-Stars »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor We all know that the sharing of information and stories across time and space creates a better world … but that doesn’t mean authors, illustrators, and publishers don’t also want to be recognized for hard work done well. Here are some of the biggest awards …

Darhiana Téllez, January 2016
Dan Poynter Tribute: Honoring an Indie Publishing Industry Icon »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Darhiana Tellez, IBPA Independent managing editor In November 2015, the IBPA office received the sad news that long-time friend and self-publishing guru Dan Poynter passed away. We will miss him. Dan was a founding member of IBPA (then known as Publishers Marketing Association), joining in 1983 and participating as an active …

Linda Carlson, May 2015
Spotlight: Making It into a Catalog and a Conference »

PUBLISHED MAY 2015 by Linda Carlson, IBPA Independent staff reporter The Grammie Guide: Activities and Answers for Grandparenting Today was recommended in the spring 2015 Bas Bleu catalog, which describes the book by Jan Eby, Laurie Mobilio, Lynne Noel, and Cindy Summers as “warm and friendly,” and concludes, “What a special—and practical!—gift for the modern …

Linda Carlson, February 2015
Spotlight: Member’s Achievements »

Speaking Up For Special Needs Publishing a book to launch a speaking career isn’t unusual. But the Dixon family of Finding Words Press may be unique because they created a book to get a teenager with brain damage on the lecture circuit. The company’s only title, A Stroke of Luck, came about because of bad …

Linda Carlson, January 2015
Spotlight: Member Achievements »

Fiction Succeeds With An Ass-Kicking Female Chaplain Jaime Richards is a US Armychaplain, but this heroine’s explosive situations—and occasional explosive language— have won her a following among Christians and atheists alike, and generated healthy sales for Arundel Publishing, a Warwick, NY, company founded in 2011 that does how-to nonfiction and YA novels as well as …

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