August 8, 2012
Author Connections at ICRS 2012
Thank you to Caitie Johnston for writing this post. Caitie is the Assistant Marketing Manager for IVP.
As booksellers, we have the opportunity to meet some pretty wonderful people in the book publishing industry. We attend many conferences every year, and at each it’s common to see familiar faces. In July, as we attended the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, FL, we were greeted by old friends from publishers, distributors and booksellers alike. But perhaps the sweetest fellowship we enjoyed on this trip was the time with our authors who came along with us.
We are thankful to publish a variety of books by Christian artist and author Michael Card, who joined us at ICRS this year to promote the next book on Mark in his Biblical Imagination Series. Michael was invited to lead the conference’s evening worship service one night with new songs from his CD Mark: The Beginning of the Gospel, and his classic hit, “Immanuel.” It is a blessing to us to work with an author whose music and writing has impacted so many people for the last thirty years. During his book signing, many booksellers, publishers and other attendees lined up to meet Michael to express their gratitude and share about different concerts and conferences where they saw him throughout the years. Amidst his book signing, performances and interviews, Michael presented the completed manuscript of his next book Matthew: The Gospel of Identity. We look forward to seeing it printed and bound at next year’s ICRS!
We also had the pleasure of hosting Os Guinness, social critic and author of more than twenty-five books. We were honored that he accepted our invitation to ICRS this year to promote his new book, A Free People’s Suicide. We gave away plenty of books at his signing as fans lined up to get their hands on a copy of a new book by the author of such classics like The Call. Although he is living in Washington D.C., Os is still a citizen of Britain, and one fan even tried to convince him to switch over to the U.S. officially.
Michael Card and Os Guinness are very different people—Michael, a singer/songwriter and author from the Tennessee south and Os, a very cheerful but composed Brit— but they hit it off as they were ushered from one event to the next. Michael (@Michael_Card) tried to convince Os to start up his own Twitter feed by showing him how many conversations in the social media world already include references to “Os Guinness.” We’ll see if this is enough to convince Mr. Guinness to join the twittersphere.
This year, IVP also made many connections with new booksellers, and continued our relationships with some of our veteran customers. Booksellers have the most direct contact with our readers and we value their feedback on our many new books. Several popular titles for our bookstores this year were our LifeGuide Bible Study series, the John Stott Bible Studies, God in a Brothel, Sacred Rhythms, the God’s Promises series and our new Understanding the Books of the Bible series.
Another successful ICRS is over, but we’re already revving up for next year!