Barbour Publishing Announces Launch of Shiloh Run Press

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. announced today plans to expand WestBow Press. The strategic self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC, will begin to service the Zondervan publishing group, as it currently does Thomas Nelson.

ATLANTA, GA, (January 6, 2014) - Bestselling authors, Edward Gilbreath (Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Epic Challenge to the Church -- Nonfiction) and ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Real As It Gets (Rumor Central) -- Fiction) lead the bestsellers list of Black Christian authors on the January 2014 edition of the Black Christian News/Black Christian Book Company National Bestsellers List.
Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man, a new release from The Hollywood Press, brings the story of America's greatest African American filmmakers to life. The book is designed for everyone who loves movies and would like to introduce young audiences to the history of film. The illustrated soft cover book provides insightful glimpses into the lives and work of African American filmmakers, memorable screen icons and less familiar figures.

In a filing with the district court, the Authors Guild gave notice that it is appealing Judge Denny Chin's to dismiss its copyright suit over Google's library scanning program. There was no brief filed at this time, only a basic notice of appeal to the Second Circuit. But the filing makes good on the Authors Guild's vow to file an appeal.

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

A woman points at a computer screen at BiblioTech, a first of its kind digital public library in San Antonio. (Photo: Eric Gay, AP)
Family Christian Stores released a set of accomplishments achieved by the chain and its customers in 2013. The year 2013 was the first full year that Family Christian has been fully nonprofit since three Atlanta-based businessmen bought the company and changed its business model in November 2012.

Most people are still surprised to hear that there were once slaves at Harvard. Yet the university's first instructor and school master, Nathaniel Eaton, owned a "Moor" who served Harvard students as early as the 1630s. During the next century, university-owned properties housed slaveholders and traders, including Elias Parkman, who was known to sell "likely Negro boys and one girl" out of his rented rooms. As late as the 1830s, abolitionist Charles Follen was forced to resign from the Harvard faculty for his anti-slavery beliefs. In "Ebony & Ivy," MIT Professor Craig Steven Wilder puts to rest any claims that the ties between slavery and the academy were merely incidental or inadvertent. He inventories these associations, and exposes their connections, to show the academy standing "beside church and state as the third pillar of a civilization built on bondage."

How Technology Affects the Way We Read
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Mohsin Hamid and Anna Holmes discuss how technology affects the way we read.

By Mohsin Hamid

In a world of intrusive technology, we must engage in a kind of struggle if we wish to sustain moments of solitude.

ATLANTA, GA, (December 30, 2013) - The controversial issue of homosexuality seems to have taken over the national dialogue at times, and it has raised questions in the national conscience of America.
Five New Year's Resolutions for Writers
Voice is one of those allusive qualities like love or irony that everyone knows the meaning of until it comes time to define it. A sucker for trouble, I just wrote a book about finding my voice--Writing Is My Drink: A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice (and a Guide to How You Can Too). In the process of writing this book, I spent a lot of time thinking about what voice is, ferreting out where it lives (and where it does not) and figuring out why some of us have to go on a trek to find it. Here's a short list of what I found out:


"And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh."
--Ecclesiastes 12:12

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