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Big Titles/Small Presses



SPONSORED BY: Dundurn, Midpoint Trade Books, Red Wheel Publisher, Midpoint Trade Books, Pegasus, Steerforth, and Chelsea Green.

EVENT TIME AND DATE:  Thursday, October 17th, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT

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When you can lead a reader to an author, title, or a publishing house they didn’t know about that turns out to be just right: librarian heaven! It’s even better if you can introduce them to some new voices and small presses at the same time. To find out about some hidden gems, sign up for our free webcast, Big Titles/Small Presses, which will take place on October 17th at 3PM.

During the hour-long chat moderated by LJ’s reviews editor Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Bonnie Hamilton of Red Wheel Weiser, Synora Van Drine of Dundurn, Felicia Minerva of Midpoint Trade Books, Iris Blasi from Pegasus Books and Chip Fleischer of Steerforth Press will introduce new titles that showcase the best of the small-press world: innovative writing, in-depth research, and gripping stories.

For example, Red Wheel Weiser will unveil titles that describe the evolution of compassion and how to change your life in 15 minutes a day. Dundurn presents authors as diverse as an emergency room doctor at a Kandahar combat hospital and a novelist who owns Frank Sinatra’s Lamborghini. Midpoint Trade Books reveals a new Springsteen title as well as new YA steampunk novel. Steerforth Press, meanwhile, will ask a provocative question: what if everything you thought you knew about Matthew Shepard’s murder was wrong?


Bonni Hamilton – Director of Marketing and Digital Content, Red Wheel/Weiser

The imprints she works with include Conari Press, Weiser Books, Disinformation Books, Hampton Roads Publishing, and Turning Stone Press; and distribution partners such as Hierophant Publishing, Ibis Press, Skinner House Books, and more.

Felicia Minerva – Publicity Manager, Midpoint Trade Books

The newest member to the Midpoint Trade team. A graduate from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York with a BA in communications.

Iris Blasi – Marketing Director, Senior Editor, Pegasus Books

She was formerly marketing manager at Open Road Integrated Media, where she worked on titles by authors including Gloria Steinem, Rachel Carson, Erica Jong, Ira Levin, Fay Weldon, and Erma Bombeck. Previously, she held editorial positions at Union Square Press and Random House, and she worked as digital media manager for the literary PR company Hilsinger-Mendelson East and at publishing consulting firm The Idea Logical Company

Synora Van Drine – Inside Sales – Dundurn

A plugged-in sales rep, Synora Van Drine can generally be found with a copy of the latest Dundurn catalogue. If you spot a Dundurn title on sale on a steamship, in an art gallery, museum, craft barn, or hockey arena, chances are she’s had a hand in getting it there.

Chip Fleisher – Publisher – Steerforth Press

A founding partner and publisher of Steerforth Press. Steerforth is a general interest publisher of quality fiction and literary nonfiction that will celebrate 20 years of publishing in 2014. Steerforth’s titles are distributed by Random House.

Michael Weaver – Trade Sales Manager – Chelsea Green Publishing

Michael Weaver is the trade, library and export sales manager for Chelsea Green Publishing. Before going to work for Chelsea Green in 2004, he spent 15 years as an independent bookseller. He lives in Sacramento, CA.


Henrietta Thornton – Reviews Editor, Library Journal

Henrietta Thornton-Verma is reviews editor at Library Journal, edits Library Journal and School Library Journal‘s reference review columns, and covers ereference and digital databases for both magazines. Etta, who is from Ireland, has also been a reference librarian and a library director and is the mom of two avid readers.

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