PUP supports the Bookselling Without Borders 2019 Kickstarter

#BWB2019

 

Princeton University Press is proud to partner with independent and academic presses on Bookselling without Borders, a fellowship designed to connect American readers to books from around the world. 

NEW YORK, New York (September 24, 2018) –– Twelve of America’s best independent publishers and university presses have come together to promote the 2019 edition of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that allows American booksellers and bookstore owners to attend the leading international book fairs.

From its foundation in 2016, when it provided one fellowship to one fair, Bookselling Without Borders has grown to become a unique opportunity both for professional booksellers at all stages of their careers and for veteran buyers, managers, and store owners. In 2019, it will not only offer 16 fellowships to four international book fairs but also two international bookstore residencies (in Italy and India). In 2018, fellowship awardees have attended the Turin Book Fair and will soon be departing for both the Frankfurt and Guadalajara Book Fairs. Enjoying a curated itinerary of meetings, panels, tours, and networking opportunities, booksellers return from the fellowship better informed, better connected, and better equipped to bring international and diverse books to American readers.

The program is supported directly by independent publishers, by industry partners that share the fellowship’s goals, and by an annual crowdfunding campaign, which launches this year on September 24 on Kickstarter. Funding from the campaign will be used to expand BWB’s activities to include more fairs, more fellowships, and to launch the international bookstore residency program.

The publishers and industry partners supporting Bookselling Without Borders are:

CatapultEuropa EditionsGraywolf PressGrove AtlanticMelville House BooksMilkweed EditionsOther PressPrinceton University PressRutgers University PressSeagull BooksShambhala Publications The University of Chicago Press

Ingram Content GroupShelf AwarenessFrankfurter Buchmesse

For more information visit www.booksellingwithoutborders.com

Or contact:

Steve Kroeter: 718-636-1345; swk@design101.com

Rachael Small: 212-868-6844; rachaelsmall@europaeditions.com

Stephanie Rojas: Getting to know Blackwell’s Oxford

Blackwell'sWalking down the stairs to the basement level of Blackwell’s Oxford, I did not immediately notice the cavernous room I had entered. As Sales Manager David Kelly described the history of the store to PUP Publicist Katie Lewis and me, I was engrossed in taking notes on my phone for a potential blog post. Typing as I walked, I finally looked up just as David was telling us that there is a total of three miles of shelving crammed into that one floor of the multi-level store!   

This year, I was privileged to have the opportunity to travel to the UK to attend the London Book Fair and to visit the Princeton University Press office in Woodstock, Oxfordshire in my role as Marketing & Social Media Associate. Thanks to my colleague Katie, I was excited to also be able to take a tour of Blackwell’s, PUP’s largest UK account, while I was in the area. Blackwell’s flagship location was not always as physically arresting as it is today. Opening its doors in 1879, the bookshop was about the size of a decent walk-in closet. Standing in the space, I imagined books piled high, partially blocking out the sunlight from the front windows, with floorboards creaking beneath my feet. The Blackwell family’s aim was to open a book store that catered not only to the many students who make their temporary home in and around Oxford, but also to the town residents. Today, that original space serves as an inviting entryway to rooms lined floor to ceiling with books. 

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The Atlas of Ancient Rome by Andrea Carandini. It’s always exciting to see a PUP book out in the wild!

Blackwell’s has an excellent reputation for stocking academic books; indeed, it is part of the philosophy of the store to stock every important book within a given field—rather than the one or two that might be bestsellers—because it is vital for readers to have access to the selection of different viewpoints and ideas. Blackwell’s is able to maintain that standard due to their online presence; in fact, they were the first bookshop to sell online (even though they readily admit that it was not executed as well as it could have been—they have come a long way in the intervening years!). But I was surprised to learn that Blackwell’s is also a leader in fiction—their sales in fiction have actually grown at double the rate of the industry for the past four years.

Blackwell’s is more than a bookstore; it is also a community hub. When I was there, they were in the middle of a sold out run of Dracula put on by Creation Theatre. They host an event nearly every Saturday, including a monthly series called Philosophy in the Bookshop in collaboration with British  philosopher and host of the Philosophy Bytes podcast Nigel Warburton. It seemed to me that there is always something interesting going on. 

My trip to Blackwell’s was certainly a highlight in a great week in the UK, and I hope I have the opportunity to visit again!

UP Week blog tour: Staff Spotlights roundup

#UpWeek

All week on our blog we’ll be featuring profiles of some of our PUP colleagues in editorial, production, publicity, social media, design, and more. If you didn’t catch them earlier, check out posts from copywriter Theresa Liu and the head of our European office, Caroline Priday, from earlier this week. Today we’re pleased to feature a roundup of links to posts from our friends in the wider university press and bookselling community:

Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Wayne State University Press

University of Washington Press

University Press of Mississippi

University of Wisconsin Press

Johns Hopkins University Press

University of Chicago Press

Purdue University Press